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Hello,

my ears started popping about a year ago, and they haven't stopped. Its gotten a little better, but when I can still hear them pop when I swallow 75% of the time. So its not as constant, but still annoying. They also ache slightly when the weather is humid or rainy. I went to an ent specialsit about 4 months ago. He prescribed me flonase and claritin. I took both medications for a month, but they didn't do anything. I still use the flonase from time to time since I have mild allergies. Does anyone know what this is? I used to have a lot of ear infections as a kid, but those stopped when I was 8 or so. I am now 24.

I will take any advice.

Thanks!
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First Helper stevemart
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replied September 11th, 2005
I Know How You Feel!
Hi there,

i don't have any advice but I just wanted to say I know how you feel. When ever I swallow my ears pop my right ear the most. I posted on here about my plugged ears just today. I have had plugged ears for ever a week now and they pop. It's annoying. If you want to know more just read my post or feel free to message me.

Let me know if anything works for you! I will do the same.
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replied September 28th, 2005
Popping Ears
Hi there
i am a holistic therapist and administer hopi ear candles. Have you guys tried them? Please let me know.
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replied September 30th, 2005
Re: Popping Ears
baxted123 wrote:
hi there
i am a holistic therapist and administer hopi ear candles. Have you guys tried them? Please let me know.



i have not tried this. I will look into it though.

My symptoms go from better to worse on a daily basis. Very strange.
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replied October 16th, 2005
Re: Clicking Ears (and Dizziness)
I have known I have tmj for a long time. But it hasn't caused that much discomfort other than my constant clicking of my jaw. But beginning a few months ago I started experiencing constant dizziness. I saw a neurologist, ent and physical therapist without too much help.

Then a few days ago, I saw on another forum a posting on how constant jaw clicking from tmj can affect the inner ear and cause dizziness. He or she then said how a particular exercise ended his/her jaw clicking.

Anyway I tried it and have eliminated 90% of my jaw clicking and with that most of my dizziness. I had been on disability a couple months and with this drastic improvement will be able to go back to work in a couple weeks. The exercise (which I have now seen posted several places, including on doctors' pages) is to press your tongue to the top of your mouth and hold for 10 seconds. Do this for ten repititions and do the whole set 5 times a day. You should do it sitting up and looking straight ahead because it really is training muscles in the neck which control your tongue. By doing this you train your tongue to stay against the top of your mouth. I have noticed now that when I let my tongue lay on the bottom of my mouth, pressure builds up in my ears and then I start clicking again.

Hope this helps "jaw-clickers" out there. If it does, it may help alleviate other symptoms like it has my dizziness.
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replied October 17th, 2005
Re: Clicking Ears (and Dizziness)
stevemart wrote:
i have known I have tmj for a long time. But it hasn't caused that much discomfort other than my constant clicking of my jaw. But beginning a few months ago I started experiencing constant dizziness. I saw a neurologist, ent and physical therapist without too much help.


Then a few days ago, I saw on another forum a posting on how constant jaw clicking from tmj can affect the inner ear and cause dizziness. He or she then said how a particular exercise ended his/her jaw clicking.

Anyway I tried it and have eliminated 90% of my jaw clicking and with that most of my dizziness. I had been on disability a couple months and with this drastic improvement will be able to go back to work in a couple weeks. The exercise (which I have now seen posted several places, including on doctors' pages) is to press your tongue to the top of your mouth and hold for 10 seconds. Do this for ten repititions and do the whole set 5 times a day. You should do it sitting up and looking straight ahead because it really is training muscles in the neck which control your tongue. By doing this you train your tongue to stay against the top of your mouth. I have noticed now that when I let my tongue lay on the bottom of my mouth, pressure builds up in my ears and then I start clicking again.


Hope this helps "jaw-clickers" out there. If it does, it may help alleviate other symptoms like it has my dizziness.


thats very interesting. Thanks for your advice, I will give it a shot. I am not sure that I have tmj, but I do have strange jaw pain a couple times a year, and I also have the ear problem with occasional dizziness. Thanks again.
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replied October 22nd, 2005
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Ear Popping
I had this problem for over ten years in my left ear! It all started when we took a hard landing on a plane coming home from vacation. My ear hurt really bad for three weeks after. That pain was replaced by this popping, that I seemed to notice the most when I went to bed at night. I went to an ent, and he said something about a flap in my throat that covers the end of a tube that runs from my throat to my ears, and the flap is supposed to open and close when you swallow. Mine apparently was getting stuck, which causes pressure to build up and that makes the ear pop. He said it was not serious, and did nothing for me. Ten years later it has finally gone away, though now I have problems with that ear when I have a cold or sore throaot. Sometimes it will hurts, with a picky feeling, like something is being stuck in there. I am just glad the popping finally went away, because it was really annoying! Good luck with yours. The doctor told me if it really bugged me to hold my nose and try to blow air out of it, and that would make the ears pop out some of the pressure. I didn't work that well for me!
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replied September 5th, 2007
ever since dec my right ear has felt preasure, slightly cold, plugged, tingling above right ear and funny sence @ top of lobe. Popping and @ night if gets worse when tring to rest. Anxiety without a doubt. Glad to know that I am not alone, yet hate to think others are going through this.
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replied January 28th, 2008
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD
WOW. THANKS.

Literally i was FREAKING OUT about this for the last like... 8 months... but i never told anyone because i thought they would think i was crazy... both my ears pop almost every time i swallow, or move my jaw... but that tongue on the roof of your mouth thing works!

but what exactly IS this? tmj? whats that stand for? and is there any way to end it?
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replied June 11th, 2008
Same for me
I have the same problem over a year now popping ears and went to ENT doc he said nothing there it will go away and never went away. It also gives me a headache. I thought I was the only one with this problem and was crazy. I told people about it and reaction like I am crazy, but reading online stuff I searched today on yahoo questions about this and then found this site and reading all this knowing other people also have this helps. The thing is if so many people have this problem why don't they have a solution for it. Every time I am in cold area or by air conditioner or a vent my years pop and get headache I tried to avoid it for about a year and now its back to been worest. I do take pills and nose spray not really helping.
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replied July 15th, 2008
also same for me
i also have had this problem. My ears have been popping for at least 8 years and its pissing me off and i don't know what it is. Can somebody tell me what it is?
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replied July 24th, 2008
ear clicking
Stevemart - thank you - i have had clicking and fullness in my ears for three months now. I have seen several doctors - dentists- and chiropractors who all say there is nothing wrong - and that I just have TMJ and will have to live with it. Well after only one morning of the tongue placement you suggested my ears are not clicking. What a relieve. They still feel full, but are not clicking. Thank you for your info and can you tell me the website you found this info at?
Yorksternd
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replied September 24th, 2008
So glad I came across this
I have been feeling this eay for about a month now...like I am on a plane and I have to constantly try and make my ears unpop. I had been experienceing light headed feelings for months and I don't know if it is connected. I went to the ENT and he did tests on my ears and said it was ok. He said it might be my nasal passage (guess teh tubes in the back connecting my ear and nose) I"m simply using nasanex and saline to try to fix it....With that being said it's been a few days and I STIIIIIILLL don't feel better. He said I was fine btu to go back and possibly have a scope put in there to check it out. It is annoying me to no end I need to know how I can make is subside lol.... I don't have the clicking but I do notice that I loose focus a little with the sight sometimes to like there is pressure up there. Uhhhh everyone thinks I'm nuts and overreacting but it is annoying.
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replied October 6th, 2008
me too!
About 8 or more years ago my ears just started popping all the time. Every single time I swallow, every day, for years and years my ears pop! I went to an ear nose and throat doc a long time ago and he put a little camera up in my nose and into the eustachian tube (connects the ear to back of the throat) and we discovered that my poor little tube is simply broken. This means that my ears are unable to stabalize the pressure because these tubes arent doin their jobs!! He told me I could get tubes in my ears, but this would only be a temporary fix. I believe those need to be replaced every year and they just ease the pain & annoyance! Its difficult because my hearing has decreased since then and when I get sick the popping is non-stop! Its exactly like having rice crispies in your ears 24/7. I also get frequent ear infections and sinus infections. Basically Im a mess! Hope this helps. I reccomend all of you going to see an ENT doc =) -sarah
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replied April 5th, 2009
ya, me 2!
my ears pop when i swallow and i feel dizzy! my doctor dint know what to do so i was sent to ent. they didnt do anything. also, i see colors in places. also, for like a second i cant hear. im a big mess. life sucks with this problem! im always scared to death im gonna pass out or something. kill me! (not really) its torture!
~sick of it
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replied April 8th, 2009
Ear Popping
Hi everyone

My ears pop but I discovered that it all started since getting a new bed! It's higher than the previous bed. If I sleep in any other bed I'm ok but as soon as I spend a night in new bed ears are back popping. I really belive it is the bed
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replied April 19th, 2009
Ear won't pop, dizzy
All of this sounds real familiar, reaaly tiresome, now, the new thing (really weird)when I hold my nose & try to blow & pop my ears...(not making this up).. have fluid come out my left tear duct! Gross, I know, so bad, can't see out of that eye..Should I see an ent or allergist?
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replied April 20th, 2009
So Annoyed!
My ears have been popping constantly for a year or two now and it becomes unbearable when I'm having sinus problems. I try to hold my nose and it makes my ears worse! They fill with air and won't clear! Now my jaw hurts from trying to pop my ears constantly! UGH! I've been to an ENT and they just gave me allergy meds and it doesn't help at all, they say there is nothing I can do! I have tried ear candles and other home remedies and nothing helps! Anyone have any other suggestions?
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replied May 8th, 2009
Same Problem here
For years now I have had the same issues, when i swallow, sing or sometimes even speaking out loud causes my ears to pop !! If i hold my nose and inhale it clears it but this has lead to me sniffing which sounds bad
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replied May 20th, 2009
Similar problem here
I'm attempting this exercise, and ATM it appears to be working, though I can see why.

My popping started happening about 1 1/2 years ago. It was during a stressful time in my life and I had idea what going on.

I thought I only had an ear infection. Well after seeing a chiropractor, ENT, family doctor, TMJ specialist, and a physical therapist I think I've narrowed it down as to what it might be. I hope this helps.

Out of all of the people I saw the only one that managed to do anything for me was the physical therapist. She helped lead me to believe that it was muscle related. There's a muscle in everyone's neck that runs right around the Eustachian tube area. She believed that it was enlarged or over used. We did many treatments of massage and it all seemed to work but the trick is that not only do you have to try and stop this muscle from being overworked; you have to strengthen the muscle that is being under worked in the first place. She gave me many exercises with a ball that I was doing and they helped but this tongue exercise seems to target this area just as well if not better.

So what caused this to begin with? My therapist and now I seem to think posture may have something to do with it. In that year and a half span I had started a new job. At this job I sit terribly typing all day at a computer. Apparently the wrong muscle tried to compensate for my terrible posture and it caused this side affect. This tongue exercise seems to strengthen the correct muscle helping ease the stress on the other. Thanks. If you have any more questions let me know. I hope this works as it seems to be working for me!
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