Hi,

I have had this problem for a couple of years, but it has definitely gotten worse in the past year.
I always get this sore pressure feeling in my ears, which gives me headaches and sometimes makes my ears hot and red. It happens all the time whenever I wear glasses or wear hats, but happens randomly also.
It feels like alot of pressure is on the back of my ears, the part that connects the ear with my head, and the only way i can slightly relieve the pain is my pushing my ears into my head, or moving them around by pulling them. But whenever i do that, i get this cracking noise in the backs of my ears. Its not like crackling some people experience when they swallow, mine sounds like cartilage cracking, and i can feel it with my fingers as i pull my ears around. Its really sore and am just wondering if anyone else suffers from it, and what it could be, like broken cartilage or dislocated ear(if thats even possible)

Thanks,
Rachel
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replied July 27th, 2010
cracked cartalige
I have the EXACT same thing. It sounded like you were describing my pain. I really wish some one had answered because i want to know whats going on. If you figure this out, please let me know. Other wise, i will eventually go see a doctor.
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replied October 22nd, 2010
Ear cartlilage pressure/crackling
Just curious if either of you have found any answers to your ear problems? I am 22 weeks pregnant and am having this exact issue. It is really frustrating. I have other joint achiness in my body and am wondering if it might be related to that in any way.
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replied October 7th, 2011
I just found this forum, and I have the exact same symptoms. It is sometimes very painful and I can't get the pain to go away even if I press on the cartilage. The symptoms sound really similar to relapsing polychondritis (especially the joint pain). If anyone has any insight let me know!
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replied December 13th, 2011
TMJ and Ear Crackling
It might have something to do with TMJ. Google TMJ, and see if any of the symptoms match. I have TMJ, and when I tug on my left ear (my left jaw is where most of the pain is) I also get a crackling. And when I do tug on my ear, it crackles, and I get some relief in my jaw. I'm not sure how to remedy this. TMJ is one of those ailments that you can really do a lot to fix. I've gone to chiropractors in the past and they can work with the TMJ to a certain extent. Otherwise an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist would probably be good.
Hope this helps!
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replied February 4th, 2013
One possible remedy from ENT's
I don't experience the pain you describe. To me it is like the feeling that a knuckle needs to be cracked. I pull my outer ear, pinna, out and up and hear a little crack. It feels better about 10 seconds after I do this adjustment. I've been needing to do this more and more in the last few years and at least once per day. It's annoying, but not unbearable.

I work at a hospital as an RN and asked a passing team of ear, nose, and throat specialists who had come to consult a patient of mine about my ear symptoms. The attending physician said he had only heard of this once and had a group of 4 or 5 ENT's examine my ear. I didn't know it was that strange. They all felt an irregularity which was ridge-like in the cartilage in the pinna of the affected ear and asked if I had ever had trauma to that ear. None that I can remember. The answer they gave me you ask?

They suggested that the symptoms could be helped by making a tiny incision and repairing the damaged cartilage as you would if you had ear trauma. Their description didn't sound so bad and they described it as a few stitches in the cartilage. The ear is easy to locally anesthetized and they would use stitches that dissolve and don't need to be removed. They said if it ever gets bad enough that's what I should expect.

You posted your symptoms a while ago. I hope you and all else who posted have found some remedy.
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replied August 14th, 2013
I have the same problem, I was using the cell phone one day, the old nokia kind and I felt a painful pop in the cartilage in my left ear, the one I always had the phone on, since then, it is really sore and painful when I lay on it or put a phone or head phones up to it. I believe it is a direct result of the cell phone damaging the cartilage of my ear, I do not have it on my right ear as I use the cell on my left ear only. I stopped using the phone on my ear and over time it seems to feel better, but does not heal. I forgot about it and have recently put the cell to my ear and now it is back full force. Hope this helps anyone.
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replied October 29th, 2013
Cracking in your cartilage
I have just found the cracking of the cartilage in my right ear. I have had TMJ in my left ear and it required surgery cause the oral surgeon said it looked like a train wreck in there. What i had in my left ear is nothing like /i have in my right ear. In other words, the TMJ was nothing like the cracking in my right ear. I have had ringing in my ears for several years and there is not cure, it sometimes gets unbearable. There isn't any pain unless i put pressure on my ear, but have always noticed a loss of hearing in that ear, but just put it aside as growing old. Like i said, I have only noticed the cracking in my right ear for the last week, not understanding why or what would have caused this. When I see my doctor, I will ask and I will let you know if there is an explanation. As far as the TMJ, the doctor asked me if i had been in a car acident or a had a hard blow to the side of my head, I didn't, so I do not know why TMJ was so bad and needed surgery, the pain was really bad, like a really bad tooth ache. After the surgery I haven't had anymore issues with it and that was back in the 80's. God bless everyone.
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replied September 9th, 2014
Cracking in Cartilage
So weird. I am having the same problem. The phone theory makes sense. I just got a new cell phone that I have to press closer to my ear to hear. I guess it might be best for me to switch to a blue tooth. I will definitely get into the DR soon to see if they can fix the problem. It can be painful and very annoying.
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replied September 23rd, 2014
Cartilage of ear can be serious and lead to permanent deformity. For the first few days can apply ice as a treatment to the area, as well as take anti inflammatory medications to reduce the pain.If it is not improving contact the DR soon.
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