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Re: "Clicking" in Ear

Re: "Clicking" in Ear

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Posted by Sue on June 15, 2000 at 01:28:50:

In Reply to: Re: "Clicking" in Ear posted by John on June 14, 2000 at 22:31:21:

: : I have had "clicking" or "popping" in my right ear for about 1 year now. Every time I swallow,
: : my ear "clicks." This happened after about 2 weeks witht he Flu last year. I thought it was
: : due to fluid build up in my eucstacian tube. The ENT doctor did not see any fluid in there.
: : He thought that it was because I have a deviated septum, that the pressures are not equal.
: : He recommended surgery for deviated septum. I do not want to go through this surgery. I feel
: : I have no problems with my nose. I was in a car accident when I was 3 years old...broke my
: : nose, but everything looks and feels fine in there. Can I become hard of hearing due to this?
: : I can live with the "clicking" noise, I just don't want anything else to happen. I do have 30%
: : hearing loss in my other (left) ear. Don't want to loose any more hearing. Has any one else
: : had this? What did you do for it? Thank you for any adivce you can give me.

: Dear Sue,

: Your history and symptoms are consistent with eustachian tube dysfunction which is typically
: treated with nasal corticosteroids and/or decongestants and antihistimines. Although this
: condition can be very annoying if left untreated, it should not lead to any permanent hearing loss.
: The unilateral hearing loss you mentioned, however, may be an indication of a more serious
: condition and should be thoroughly evaluated by an audiologist and an ENT physician. Hearing
: loss typically occurs equally in both ears and when it doesn't and when the difference can't easily
: be explained, for example, by significant noise exposure or head trauma to the most affected side,
: a full audiologic and otologic (ENT) exam is indicated. At the very least you should have your hearing
: rechecked in 6-12 months to see if the hearing in your left ear is stable or sooner if you notice any
: changes before then. Although it is very unlikely that there is any serious condition underlying
: the hearing loss, you could suffer further hearing loss in the affected ear and possible other
: neurological symptoms if there is a problem and it goes undetected.

John:

Thank you for your advice. I did fail to mention that I have had several tests done: Cat Scan, MRI of head/brain and a full hearing test. I was taking decongestants also. Yet the doctor seems to think it is due to unequal pressures coming from my deviated septum. Not sure if I agree with this. I do not seem to have any more problems other than the "clicking" every time I swallow. Right now, I am doing "nothing" about this condition. Everything was normal on the MRI, etc. I will schedule another hearing test in about 6 months, just to see if there are any changes. Again, thank you very much for all your advice and help.


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