There is a cure you can try at home for clogged Eustachian tubes, usually you will get the clicking when you swallow if you have this issue and often many more worse symptoms too. There are many testimonials on the web site you can read that tell how the remedy worked for so many people and is so amazing. Read them first. Then read some of the facts about ear anatomy and eustachian tube congestion. The above poster named DerangedStu had a good point too. The reason the etube gets clogged is due to the muscles around it being unable to open it to allow pressure equalization and fluid drainage. With a combination of the etube membranes being swollen due to cold or allergy this compounds. Mine started a few years ago. I tell my story on my web site, and I show you using videos and diagrams exactly how to do my home remedy I discovered that will solve this issue. You buy the ingredients at your local drug store or supermarket even. They cost about $20 -$30 (many people will already have them in their home)
Ear aches, itching, popping, crackling and repeat ear infections
I have the same same problem with my ears popping, itching, crackling, and recently getting ear infections and it all started when I moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to go to college at Northern Michigan university. It hasn't gone away and seems to be getting worse. It all seems to be linked to allergies and sinuses. In the U.P. of michigan I found out Im allergic to pine tree pollen, but two year before that I became allergic to milk. I have never had a allergy test but have had problems which led the doctor to tell me I was allergic to certain things and once I cut them out the problem went away. So, I am hoping that one day I can find out all the things I am allergic to and maybe it will fix the problems. ON another Note I have a round dime size cyst like lump about a fingers width above my left ear which also happens to be the ear most often with the problems. I have not had the lump looked at, Maybe I should but i dont have insurance.
I am a singer and my ears have been getting increasingly worse with this problem (popping). About 6 years ago I started singing more and more, and now sing semi-professionally.I'd had diet troubles and used to grind my teeth, waking up with a sore left jaw and ear. I also used to get some severe sinus infections, and popped my eardrums a number of times just by blowing my nose too hard. I have had allergies all my life, although they've simmered down a lot as an adult. The grinding has stopped, once I dealt with diet problems, but eventually the ear problem began taking over. The left ear was first - after singing for a long time it would become very painful. Over the last year they both start popping, and it definitely interferes with my performance. Very upsetting. I'm a good singer and am on my way to making a living doing this, but there's no way I can continue unless I find some way of dealing with this effectively. I've seen an ent doctor too, who says my ears look fine. Prescribed a steroid nasal spray - it helps prevent sinus infections (I've been very healthy since) but still experiencing the popping problem. Happens too during and after a work out. I'll try the tongue thing and see if it helps. Another thing that has also helped me a little is a treatment called Body Talk, but it costs $90/session. I find you have to keep going monthly for it to really work well. Works really well for my diet/digestion problems. Thanks
Well, I have the same problem also. It's been going on for over 2 years now and I can usually just ignore it but obviously I would rather not have to deal with it at all. Doctors haven't had any answers and they have tried prescribing me Nasonex and the like but I know it's not allergy related (in my case at least). As time has gone on, I link my ear popping to a neck spasm I had about 2 and a half years ago and I still experience some stiffness in my shoulders and neck. By reading some of the replies here I'm convinced they are all connected (I also have been a waiter for a long time and tend to have bad posture). Hopefully the tongue exercise can alleviate some of the popping but it seems that there are enough people out there like us that some medical professionals would take notice.
Wow. All of these stories are fascinating, and all of them sound familiar. Ever since a terribly traumatic plane ride when I was 8, my ears have popped. I recall being nearly deaf for three days afterwards. Every elevator ride, every tunnel, every plane ride (excruciating), every weather shift, do I experience this. And especially every cold/flu. The crackling sound and mild pops when I swallow have become part of who I am, so I suppose I don't even notice it normally. I'm 25 now, and I am just wishing I could be healthy. Two years ago, a sinus infection exacerbated the problem. Now every morning I am congested and spend my days with drainage. I am tired of living this way. My doctor ran a bunch of blood tests, with no luck. She is suggesting a sleep study or chiropractic care. I haven't seen an ENT because not until two years ago was I really feeling 'sick'. Now after reading these testimonials I feel an ENT is my best route to go. I never complained enough as a child I guess. I definitely don't feel 25 years old (more like 80!) I also agree with dynasty3408; why is there not more medical field recognition of this particular issue?
Wow! I had no idea this affected so many people. I noticed it a few years ago, when I had been on a significant number of long international flights during a relatively short period of time. Whoever compared it to the sound of rice krispies was spot-on...it's whenever I swallow, yawn, or just open my throat. I've been to my PHP dr once for it, who prescribed a nasonex type med and it did nothing. It never hurt (although the occasional lack of hearing/extreme mufflyness in my ears that came with this made me freak out wondering if I just lost my hearing), but it's just so annoying I just went back on month. The PA I saw there did the same thing - oral allergy meds, even though I've never had allergies to anything. One month of regular use & at my check up today, it had done nothing to help so he's referring me to an ENT specialist. We'll see what they say - hopefully they'll be better than the "deal with it" attitudes it seems some people have run into!
I found this forum through a google search. I have the same symptoms many of the other posters here have described - "popped" ears like I'm on a plane or driving over a mountain. I've had this for years. It's a constant uncomfortable "muffled" kind of feeling. Every now and then one of my ears will pop and it's the most glorious feeling. Sounds are clearer, my head feels light and airy... 20 seconds or so of bliss ensues and then I swallow and it goes away.
I've tried ear candles, allergy and sinus medications, the plug-nose-close-mouth-blow-frantically-for
ce-them-to-pop thing. NONE of those things work. I may have TMJ, but doesn't everyone?
Well as I was reading these posts on my lunch break I decided to try the aforementioned tongue exercises (holding tongue to roof of mouth for extended periods of time), and right now my left ear feels like it may have popped a little bit. This exercise just FEELS right. I'm psyched about this. I also have bad posture and work at a computer all day. I really think there's something to this. Thanks internet people!
WOW I have tried the tongue exercises too and I find some relieve in the pressure!!!!!! I have had this for over a year now and it is EVERY single day! I had no idea there was others out their with the same problem. I am going to keep this tongue exercise going daily and see what happens! Thanks!
For those wondering TMJ is your tempromandibular joint (TMJ for short). It is the hinge joint infront of your ears. It attaches you jaw onto the rest of your head. I think people are talking about having TMJ dysfunction (TMJD) which is when the joint isn''t working properly. Often because it is positioned slightly differently or the muscles working around it are imbalanced. This is often caused by a trauma to the area, major dental work or clenching and grinding. (amoung alot of other things). I am in my 4th year of study to be an osteopath and this is something I think osteos can help with, or any other manual therapist realy. The TMJ and ear are very closley related and it is common for the ear to be afected with TMJD.
The exercise with the tounge is part of a group of excercises called ''rocabado TMJ exercises''.
I am so glad i am not going crazy. I just noticed within the last 2 weeks i have been experiencing a popping sound in my right year when i yawn on lie down on my right side. i haven''t told anyone about it and was wondering if it had anything to do with age? i will be 45 in about 3 months time.
I doubt if it has anything to do with age. Mine started when I was 19, I am 24 now and although I googled this years ago and found out absolutely NOTHING, I decided to try again today. A few years ago I also went to many doctors including allergists and EMT and the moment they offered to put tubes in my ears I stopped, I am a swimmer and being able to hear is essential so swimming with earplugs is a no-no. Either way, I've now done a few of the tongue-exercises and my left ear has already stopped!! I can't begin to say how thankful I am for the posts on this website! I thought I would have to resign to this problem for the rest of my life! I am prone to getting migraines and whenever I get one the popping (24/7, everytime I swallow) sounds so loud and makes my migraines 10 times worse. Thank you so much again, you have significantly improved my quality of life!!!!
Hello, I'm not going to write a big long whiney letter I'm just going to tell you my problem and maybe you can help me fix it: Whenever I open my mouth my left ear has thick pop or cracking noise inside it it won't stop, i cleaned my ears out and washed them but nothing helps. i have recently been pooping my ears because for some reason one was popped and the other wasn't so i eventually got them both at the same popping level and then this happend I have had thing on and off for about 13 years now but this is the worst case. please help. it won't stop and I am so frustrated.
I too have this problem. I think it started after I got a severe throat infection and then took a plane ride. I am trying the tongue thing. I wanted to mention that pseudoephedrine has helped to TEMPORARILY stop the this. Especialy with drainage. Make sure to get this behind the counter as it is controlled. It makes me really wired, but it works. Also, throat singing can sometimes cause them to pop open. I am happy to see I am not the only one! One doc. looked at me like I was crazy, and the other gave me Nasonex, which doesn't seem to help much.
Thanks to the person who suggested the tongue exercise!
I'm not sure If I have Tmj but my jaw is very tense. My ears have not stopped popping for awhile now and they also feel full. Everytime I hear a loud noise or talk loud my right ear pops and I hate it. I'm going to try the tongue exercise and hopefully it will eliminate the popping in my ears, and my tense jaw. I know it won't relieve the muffled full feeling in my ears because something is really clogged in there like blood and mucus. I might use the earadicator remedy to get that gunk out so my e-tubes can be clear again. But the tongue thing sounds ingenious to clear up tmj and a tense neck. Thanks stevemart for sharing with us.
I have had ear problems my entire life. I am now 30 years old and last summer I had experienced horrible ear pain in my right ear, while landing during a plane flight. Since then, my occasional ear popping, turned into an every day occurrence. Some days it's painful, most days it's just annoying. I also noticed some jaw pain and decided to look online to see if anyone else was having the same problems I was. What a relief to see the response that I had found! I just tried some rocabado TMJ exercises and my ear popping completely stopped! (the first time doing them!) I am trying to make sure I pay attention to my posture (most of us computer geeks can relate to horrible posture when it comes to sitting in front of a computer!)
I am hopeful that the excersizes will help with the popping...time will tell!
I hope everyone suffering from this feels better soon!
I had terrible dizziness a number of years ago. The kinesiologist, the late Dr. Sheldon Sinett, was an expert in TMJ, and within 2 weeks, (probably 4 visits) got the dizziness completely under control. His son runs the practice in NYC now, and can recommend others who are especially well trained in this.
I reporting back from a previous post (popcorn head). I though my condition was getting better using the TMJ excersises but I went to my new doctor to see about something else. She prescribed me Nasonex nasal inhaler. I have used this in the past, but it didn't really seem to help. The doctor told me it doesn't work unless you do it twice a day in each nostril and don't miss a dose. Low and behold it works!! She dismissed the TMJ and said I had Eustachian tube disorder. This really works for me with very little side effect because it only goes in your nose. DO IT!
Hi! I have been experiencing ear-popping for most of my life. It happens ALL THE TIME! Whenever I swallow, speak, lay down, work out, ANYTHING. It's never really bothered me up until recently. As a child I learned to "un-pop" them by holding my nose and trying to breathe in (the opposite of what you might do to relieve the pressure - I was putting it back on...much more comfortable.) I've noticed that sounds are much louder when they are popped and it can give me a headache. I can hear my breathing and heartbeat to the point where my eyes water. When I get sick, they seem water-logged and very stuffed up like my nose would be. I know this probably isn't good; in addition to the constant popping and "un-popping" I am also rather hard-of-hearing. I am constantly asking people to repeat themselves. At 21 years old, I shouldn't have to! I am curious as to why this is happening and what a doctor may be able to do for me. My poor boyfriend is tired of hearing me sniffle all the time (that's the un-popping!). Any experience or advice? Thanks!
"Hi! I have been experiencing ear-popping for most of my life. It happens ALL THE TIME! Whenever I swallow, speak, lay down, work out, ANYTHING. It's never really bothered me up until recently. As a child I learned to "un-pop" them by holding my nose and trying to breathe in (the opposite of what you might do to relieve the pressure - I was putting it back on...much more comfortable.) I've noticed that sounds are much louder when they are popped and it can give me a headache. I can hear my breathing and heartbeat to the point where my eyes water. When I get sick, they seem water-logged and very stuffed up like my nose would be. I know this probably isn't good; in addition to the constant popping and "un-popping" I am also rather hard-of-hearing. I am constantly asking people to repeat themselves. At 21 years old, I shouldn't have to! I am curious as to why this is happening and what a doctor may be able to do for me. My poor boyfriend is tired of hearing me sniffle all the time (that's the un-popping!). Any experience or advice? Thanks!"
i have the exact same symptoms which ive "suffered" from for 30 years. my ears pop when i swallow, chew, blow my nose, talk, whistle, sing, sneeze whatever it may be. both our symptoms sound like the opposite of everyone elses though?
in what i call the "popped" state my hearing goes about three fold, everything sounds crisp and clear, can almost be to the point of being painful like instense white noise. if i swallow, chew, sneeze, blow my noise in this "popped" state i get a crackling sensation and i can feel excrutiating pain/pressure in what feels like my ear drums. i kind of get the feeling this state should be normal but theres something wrong with my ears, too much pressure is being allowed to the inner ear
to reverse it, i too block my nose/mouth and suck in (what is actually a weird neck muscle "thing" which i guess is sucking on this tube to my ear) my ears then pop once and go quiet, with no crackling or pain, but i cant hear as well. i can also do the same thing by sniffing which i guess annoys people as they must think i have a cold all the time. the unpopped state only lasts 10 or 15 minutes then they will pop again. as above i kind of get the feeling this blocked dull unpopped state is what other people in this thread are trying to get rid of by blocking nose and mouth and blowing, but seems to be benefiting me by doing hte opposite on purpose !
Don't give up! We will find a cure! Post successes and failures!
Hi guys! I've had the popping and constant pressure in my ear for the last 2 years. Every couple of seconds or so I have to make my ears pop (like on an airplane) to relieve the pressure, otherwise I'm tortured with pain and constant ear infections.I also have crackling in my jaw/ear everytime I open my mouth and sometimes get very dizzy out of nowhere. I've tried closing my nose and blowing air, breathing inn steam, de contestants from the doc, salt water that you pour in your nose, I even got a sleeping guard for night time because the ENT thought I need to relax my jaw more when I sleep. Well, nothing helped. The tounge thing seems to help people so I will try that first thing staring tomorrow.. I'm seeing a new ENT since I got fed up with the other ones uselessness in a week....I will report back
Its good to know that I'm not a freak because when I told my friends and even my old ENT he looked at me weird.
The only thing that the doc was able to tell me was that the eustachian tube, connecting the ear and mouth might be blocked, or the entrance to it. Good new is: there is a small chance of clearing it, bad news is: it is microscopic, so if it's blocked and won't unblock itself, then it's blocked for good. He suggested getting artificial tubes that are put into the ear drum to relieve the pressure and let the fluid that starts collecting behind the eardrum leak out. But as said above, this is sadly only a temporary fix
Having this situation really sucks because I'm just finishing up highschool and origianlly wanted to go into law enforcement or the military but everytime I do something physical with my body, the condition worsens.....so much for that stuff. Because Im no longer able to go to the gym I've also gotten fat over the last 2 years.
Suggestion: go to the doc and tell him right away if there is fishy stuff going on with your ears, this stuff can potentially affect your overall hearing permanently!
Gooluck to you all, you are not alone,
May the force be with you!
(I typed this on an iPod so I'm sorry for any grammatical errors)