Originally Posted by ladybud
Certain maneuvers such as yawning, swallowing, etc. opens the Eustachian tube. When it clicks or pops it is opening temporarily. if it is swollen,
It will open and swell shut intermittently. I hope you have tried the antihistamine/decongestant combo by now. The other possible thing that can cause clicking or popping with chewing and talking is TMJ arthritis, which also causes pain in front of the ear with jaw movement.
I believe that the problem with the crackling noises in my right ear whenever I swallow lies in the Eustachian tube. The noises still occur when my mouth is closed. It could be PET, ETD, or something else. That being said, I probably should have been more specific on that last post. The clicking noise I mentioned that is happening after I talk is happening in my left ear, where the retracted ear drum is located. Loud noises, such as the sound of smoke detector, cause me to feel it fluttering back and forth rapidly. It hasn't been excruciating pain, but it wasn't pleasant either. I've read on various sites that this could simply be caused by the retracted ear drum, and that the ear drum being retracted causes it to be more sensitive to sound. I'm hoping that is the case, and that it is not anything more serious.
The crackling has died down a little bit in my right ear, and I have been taking Zyrtec again (after being off of it for a few months), so that may be helping. Still, I am concerned about how the retracted ear drum in my left ear is doing, because the ENT simply said to recheck it in 6 months and never prescribed me any medication or told me to do anything for it.