Re: Poping/crackling/pluged Ears
You are welcome. I am sorry, I really didn't say too much in the post to you. With my TMJ I really don't get too much pain or headaches either. For me it is mostly the feeling of ears being clogged and ringing in the ears. What I have begun to figure out is that the facial muscles go into spasms which interferes with the functioning of the eustatian tube in the ear. I have sinus issues as well, so the ear clogs up and does not drain properly. I also have a deviated septum, but the ENT said not to worry about - really not worth surgery and I would strongly urge you to get a second opinion before doing that.
Try this. Tilt your head to one side (ear over shoulder), hold for a few seconds breathing calmly and then come back up. Repeat on the other side. Repeat whole series about five or six times. Then, look to the right and hold and come back to center. Repeat looking to the left. Repeat five or six times. Then raise arms over head and gently roll to the floor letting arms hang loosely with eyes looking at knees. Repeat several times.
Try these simple exercises. Don't strain, all should be done gently. See if you feel things begin to open up. They do help with the draining. You can do them several or more times a day. Also try warm compresses on the ear and face. Might also look into getting a Netti Pot - look those up online. Many doctors recommend them now. They are cheap and easy to use.
Good luck to you, but do explore alternatives before going through surgery.