I was on a 4-hour flight yesterday, and was unable to equalize pressure in my left ear during descent (I was healthy; no cold or sinus problems so don't know why this occurred). Anyway, it became pretty painful. I tried everything-swallowing, moving my jaw, yawning etc and nothing helped. Finally I obtained some relief from pinching my nostrils, holding my mouth closed and exhaling-at which time I heard a squeaking sound
from the left ear. Anyway, we landed and I couldn't hear very well; every time I swallowed or yawned I heard a cracking sound from the left ear. Here it is the next evening and the hearing is better but I still get the loud crackling every time I swallow and I'm still having some discomfort
So...at what point should I give up and see the doctor? How can I tell if I've ruptured an eardrum? Any advice would be appreciated.