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Old 07-11-2006, 11:53 AM   #1
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crackling in my ears

Hello...

I am going nuts because for the past month or so I have had light crackling sound in my right ear off and on. It sounds a little like soap bubbles popping. I am not noticing any other symptoms like vertigo, etc. Does anyone know what this could be?

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Dear cburres,

I've had a condition a couple of times where it sounded like a wax paper was being crinkled inside one of my ears. I believe it to a harmless condition and is (my guess) the remains of fluid that has dried in the ears leaving a residue which creates the crinkling or popping sound.

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I HAVE THAT IN MY LEFT EAR AND IT IS SUPER ANNOYING WHEN I LISTEN TO MUSIC OR WATCH MOVIES WITH MY HEADPHONES HOW THE HELL DO I GET RID OF IT!?

 
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this crackling or sound could be myoclonus of a middle ear muscle....look it up.

 
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*myoclonus*:

Noun
A sudden twitching of muscles or parts of muscles, without any rhythm or pattern, occurring in various brain disorders.

I know what thats like I somtimes feel my eardrum twitch very rairly though I get more of a cracking sound and I can feel it.

 
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Lib,

I have been following this thread and your story as well as others for some time now. I was hoping you might be able to give some advise if your still out there. I, like many others have been suffering with many ear symptoms for a long time with very little help from any doctors. I have been misdiagnosed and treated for many things that I don't have. It's been extremely frustrating and I need some concrete answers. I know you and others have received a lot of help from sismanis and poe. I have contacted them but have not made an appointment due to their location (I am in IL). So far I have been diagnosed with a sinus infection, occipital neuritis, tmj, depression and allerfies. I've had a brain MRI and a CT scan of the sinuses which all came back normal. Each of these treatments were months long. I did see a specialist (ENT) in Iowa who diagnosed me with palatal myoclonus and I received botox injections into the palate. This relieved the clicking in my left ear only. The other symptoms still remain. Here goes: ear pain and pressure, headaches (right side mainly, temple worse), ears popping/crackling on their own and when yawning and swallowing, autohpony that comes and goes and can usually be corrected when leaning forward, stiffness in neck, shoulders and jaw, fatigue, lightheadedness, throbbing nostrils scalp sensitivity, clicking noises when speaking , and ears crackle with loud sounds. I know, it seems ridiculous to have so many symptoms. You seem like your very well versed in this area. Do you think either of the doctors could help me. I'm desperate. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us, it helps tremendously.

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Lib,

I have been following this thread and your story as well as others for some time now. I was hoping you might be able to give some advise if your still out there. I, like many others have been suffering with many ear symptoms for a long time with very little help from any doctors. I have been misdiagnosed and treated for many things that I don't have. It's been extremely frustrating and I need some concrete answers. I know you and others have received a lot of help from sismanis and poe. I have contacted them but have not made an appointment due to their location (I am in IL). So far I have been diagnosed with a sinus infection, occipital neuritis, tmj, depression and allerfies. I've had a brain MRI and a CT scan of the sinuses which all came back normal. Each of these treatments were months long. I did see a specialist (ENT) in Iowa who diagnosed me with palatal myoclonus and I received botox injections into the palate. This relieved the clicking in my left ear only. The other symptoms still remain. Here goes: ear pain and pressure, headaches (right side mainly, temple worse), ears popping/crackling on their own and when yawning and swallowing, autohpony that comes and goes and can usually be corrected when leaning forward, stiffness in neck, shoulders and jaw, fatigue, lightheadedness, throbbing nostrils scalp sensitivity, clicking noises when speaking , and ears crackle with loud sounds. I know, it seems ridiculous to have so many symptoms. You seem like your very well versed in this area. Do you think either of the doctors could help me. I'm desperate. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us, it helps tremendously.

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hi jen,
i can relate to a ton if not almost all symptoms. one thing you need to figure out is do you have true autophony? do you hear your voice loud like a megaphone? i do think dr poe and sismanis can get to the bottom, a huge clue here is that the botox helped, it would not help in a case of p e t and botox can actually cause pet if the muscle is frozen too much. the fact that you react to outside sounds is another clue, i did too, dr poe said that is not a p e t symptom. i would put money on myoclonus. tell me jen how did this all start for you? i would like to compare notes.
Thanks!
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I also been suffering from an ear problem in my left ear for about 2.5 years. My symptoms mostly include a popping when I burp or yawn and a constant clicking at night when I swallow. The symptoms seem to be described in Palatal Myoclonus. I was diagnosed with PET and then that changed to ETD. I have seen several ENTS including Dennis Poe in Boston. Unfortunately when I saw Dr Poe, the symptoms were not bad, so my visit was not effective. I did have a tube placed last November, and that did not help. My hearing seems to be fine, and the ENTS so not seem to notice anything. I have been on steroids and nsal decongestants and acid reflux meds--nothign seems to help

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Lib,

I emailed Sismanis in Richmond and he emailed back sating he would be gald to scheduel an appointment. Do you think I shoudl try to see someone at Duke first. It is frustarting to go to the ENTS and it seems to be the same routine--hearing test, a look in the ear etc. Is the guy in Richmond good?

 
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hi jen,
i can relate to a ton if not almost all symptoms. one thing you need to figure out is do you have true autophony? do you hear your voice loud like a megaphone? i do think dr poe and sismanis can get to the bottom, a huge clue here is that the botox helped, it would not help in a case of p e t and botox can actually cause pet if the muscle is frozen too much. the fact that you react to outside sounds is another clue, i did too, dr poe said that is not a p e t symptom. i would put money on myoclonus. tell me jen how did this all start for you? i would like to compare notes.
Thanks!
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Hi Libby,

So glad to hear that you're still out there In regards to my autophony, yes I hear my voice and breath in my head and it sounds as if it's amplified. It makes it very difficult to speak and have a conversation but does not interfere with my hearing at all. It has not remained open (my e.t.) for any longer than a few minutes since last Fall. Last fall my e.t. would stay open for hours and lying down wouldn't even help. Now, when it happens, and it happens a lot in the a.m. and when I'm trying to speak loudly, it will subside though if I bend over (head lower than heart) or lay down. I only experience the autophony in my left ear and have never had it in my right. It has gotten worse in my left since the botox though. The botox did help my right ear as far as the clicking and crackling are concerned. There is still pressure though. As far as what caused all of this, I only wish I knew! It happened about 4 months after moving from CA to IL 19 months ago. At first I thought it could be allergies or something due to the new climate. The autophony was my first symptom other than some pain in my lower traps. I of course asked the doctor about it and he told me there was nothing wrong with my ears. Symptoms progressively got worse and over the last 19 months I've seen 3 family docs, 3 ent's, 1 facial pain specilaist, 1 neurologist and a physical therapist. I've been put on drugs for sinus infections, allergies, migraines, drugs to help me sleep, drugs to relax my muscles, a mouthpiece for tmj and drugs also for depression. I think some of this may have caused the myoclonus. The clicking did'nt begin until late last summer after trying to ween myself off of some of these drugs. I was taking at one point 7 different meds a day and I think one of the worst, for me anyway, was effexor. It was very difficult to stop and had a lot of side effects. I also for a very short time took Zanax. The doctors tell me weight loss couldv'e caused this and I did lose about 17 lbs. on the effexor. I completely lost my appetite. The ent that diagnosed the palatal myoclonus wants to put me on clonazapam to get rid of the remaining clicking in my left ear but I am very apprehensive. It seems like every time I try something new something else goes wrong. I have'nt filled the prescription and don't know if I will. I'm sure you've heard the same as me, that stress, weight loss and psy meds can cause this but who really knows? Do you think it is possible to have pet in one ear and other conditions in the other? Do you have any idea what caused yours? I'm so glad you found help and are doing better. I can't wait until I am. By the way did you experience any fatigue? I am so tired all the time. Anyway, looking forward to hearing from you and thanks for listening.

Jen

 
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I emailed Sismanis in Richmond and he emailed back sating he would be gald to scheduel an appointment. Do you think I shoudl try to see someone at Duke first. It is frustarting to go to the ENTS and it seems to be the same routine--hearing test, a look in the ear etc. Is the guy in Richmond good?
yes hes is top notch!!!! i would see him! he is awesome!

 
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Hi Libby,

So glad to hear that you're still out there In regards to my autophony, yes I hear my voice and breath in my head and it sounds as if it's amplified. It makes it very difficult to speak and have a conversation but does not interfere with my hearing at all. It has not remained open (my e.t.) for any longer than a few minutes since last Fall. Last fall my e.t. would stay open for hours and lying down wouldn't even help. Now, when it happens, and it happens a lot in the a.m. and when I'm trying to speak loudly, it will subside though if I bend over (head lower than heart) or lay down. I only experience the autophony in my left ear and have never had it in my right. It has gotten worse in my left since the botox though. The botox did help my right ear as far as the clicking and crackling are concerned. There is still pressure though. As far as what caused all of this, I only wish I knew! It happened about 4 months after moving from CA to IL 19 months ago. At first I thought it could be allergies or something due to the new climate. The autophony was my first symptom other than some pain in my lower traps. I of course asked the doctor about it and he told me there was nothing wrong with my ears. Symptoms progressively got worse and over the last 19 months I've seen 3 family docs, 3 ent's, 1 facial pain specilaist, 1 neurologist and a physical therapist. I've been put on drugs for sinus infections, allergies, migraines, drugs to help me sleep, drugs to relax my muscles, a mouthpiece for tmj and drugs also for depression. I think some of this may have caused the myoclonus. The clicking did'nt begin until late last summer after trying to ween myself off of some of these drugs. I was taking at one point 7 different meds a day and I think one of the worst, for me anyway, was effexor. It was very difficult to stop and had a lot of side effects. I also for a very short time took Zanax. The doctors tell me weight loss couldv'e caused this and I did lose about 17 lbs. on the effexor. I completely lost my appetite. The ent that diagnosed the palatal myoclonus wants to put me on clonazapam to get rid of the remaining clicking in my left ear but I am very apprehensive. It seems like every time I try something new something else goes wrong. I have'nt filled the prescription and don't know if I will. I'm sure you've heard the same as me, that stress, weight loss and psy meds can cause this but who really knows? Do you think it is possible to have pet in one ear and other conditions in the other? Do you have any idea what caused yours? I'm so glad you found help and are doing better. I can't wait until I am. By the way did you experience any fatigue? I am so tired all the time. Anyway, looking forward to hearing from you and thanks for listening.

Jen
hi jen,
i am not a dr, but in my opinion i do not think it is likely to develop 2 very rare conditions at the same time, i think one condition causes the symptoms.
did they see your palate move jen? dr poe told me that myoclonus can cause p e t like symptoms, and that makes sense. they think mine was caused by a virus thar attacked the cranial nerves. i was very tired from the depression, and i can imagine you are as a side effect from the drugs. i do know someone who takes clonzepam and it helps them, i am on nothing though.
my symptoms were there when i laid down. does anything help? alcohol helps me as it relaxes the muscles...
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hi jen,
i am not a dr, but in my opinion i do not think it is likely to develop 2 very rare conditions at the same time, i think one condition causes the symptoms.
did they see your palate move jen? dr poe told me that myoclonus can cause p e t like symptoms, and that makes sense. they think mine was caused by a virus thar attacked the cranial nerves. i was very tired from the depression, and i can imagine you are as a side effect from the drugs. i do know someone who takes clonzepam and it helps them, i am on nothing though.
my symptoms were there when i laid down. does anything help? alcohol helps me as it relaxes the muscles...
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Hello again Lib,

Yes, the ent can see my palate move. I went back for a follow up appt. on Thursday and the right side is completely paralyzed from the botox but he can still see the left side moving a bit which makes sense since I am still getting the clicking on that side. I am a little confused in regards to the pet though because I hadn't experienced much of the pet symptoms for many months but after getting the botox the autophony is back. Thankfully, if I lay down the sypmtoms do go away. I am not on any drugs anymore and haven't been since January. Dr. Poe is supposed to be mailing some info to me in regards to a more permanent treatment for the palatal myoclonus. Are you familiar with this treatment? As you know the botox impairs your ability to speak and can interfere with your daily life as well. Did seeing Dr. Poe give you your life back? Sorry if this seems too personal, it's just hard to know what direction to go in at this point. Thanks again!!

Jen

 
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Hello again Lib,

Yes, the ent can see my palate move. I went back for a follow up appt. on Thursday and the right side is completely paralyzed from the botox but he can still see the left side moving a bit which makes sense since I am still getting the clicking on that side. I am a little confused in regards to the pet though because I hadn't experienced much of the pet symptoms for many months but after getting the botox the autophony is back. Thankfully, if I lay down the sypmtoms do go away. I am not on any drugs anymore and haven't been since January. Dr. Poe is supposed to be mailing some info to me in regards to a more permanent treatment for the palatal myoclonus. Are you familiar with this treatment? As you know the botox impairs your ability to speak and can interfere with your daily life as well. Did seeing Dr. Poe give you your life back? Sorry if this seems too personal, it's just hard to know what direction to go in at this point. Thanks again!!

Jen
hi jen,
i am interested in the info dr poe is sending you, must be newer since i saw him. he figured out my issues and my dr here took over, i have the myoclonus in the middle ear as well as e tube. please share the info when you get it.
jen when they botox the palate it can cause p e t, it may freeze the muscle to much, that is why i opted not to do botox. this may or may not be the case for you. do you have any idea what caused your palatal myo? how long have you had it? will you be seeing dr poe? hes awesome!!!! palatal and middle ear myoclonus can go hand in hand so be checked for that as well.
at least seeing the spasms confirms myoclonus, now it needs to be investigated in the ears. can you describe your autophony prior to botox?
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hi jen,
i am interested in the info dr poe is sending you, must be newer since i saw him. he figured out my issues and my dr here took over, i have the myoclonus in the middle ear as well as e tube. please share the info when you get it.
jen when they botox the palate it can cause p e t, it may freeze the muscle to much, that is why i opted not to do botox. this may or may not be the case for you. do you have any idea what caused your palatal myo? how long have you had it? will you be seeing dr poe? hes awesome!!!! palatal and middle ear myoclonus can go hand in hand so be checked for that as well.
at least seeing the spasms confirms myoclonus, now it needs to be investigated in the ears. can you describe your autophony prior to botox?
lib
Lib,

As soon as I receive the info from Dr. Poe about the newer procedure for palatal myoclonus I will let you know. I have had this for about a year now although the autohpony started earlier, about 19 months ago. I really don't know what caused it-wish I did. The autophony prior to the injections is the same as it was 19 months ago. I just had a period where it went away prior to the injections. It definately cripples you in conversation! It sounds as if your voice and breath are amplified and you can't determine how loud or soft you are speaking or how clearly. Are you still having any symptoms?

Jen

 
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