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Ouch-ear-pain
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posted 09-21-2003 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ouch-ear-pain     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need some advice and my ENT hasn't said anything. When I yawn my ears pop and crackle and everything get 5 x (times) louder.

Can this be my Eustachian tubes or maybe my TMJ??I am sorry to keep posting on the inner ear disorder board but there is not one for ear problems so... if any of you could please help me or relate me too something it would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks and thanks for always reading my posts!

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hbep
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posted 09-22-2003 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hbep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there,

I know you post on the tmj board - if you have tmjd it can impact quite heavily on the eustachian tubes, so effectively you would have tmjd and eustachian tube problems. I doubt that the noise you are hearing is your tempero mandibular joint - people talk about this making a popping sound, but as far as I can tell this is different from the type of popping that goes on in your ears. As for things sounding louder, obviously something is going on in your ears, but it's impossible to say definitely what - tmjd can cause a whole bunch of very strange ear symptoms. I sometimes get sound distortion with a sound of vibrating, I presume it is brought on by muscular spasm in and around the ear due to tmjd.

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brina
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posted 09-22-2003 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hello ouch,

i used to get the popping crackling and 5x louder when yawning mostly as a child because of fluid in the E. tubes and a build up of wax. after yawning the fluid or wax moves hence the sounds, and opens the middle and outer tubes ever so slightly but enough to let the sound through..... im not saying this is what u have but i can relate....when i was little i got used to being in quiet so when my ears eventually popped i had a dislike of the loudness and it would also make a sshhhhhhhhhh sound too, felt uncomfortable.
your ent can do a test for the E.tubes Hbep nows the name of it...they test the middle ear pressure to seeif they r blocked or whatever.

brina

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posted 09-22-2003 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Miza03     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ouch
The Rice Crispy guys (Snap Crackle and Pop) have been living in my ears since March. For the first four months the sounds were constant. Every time I yawned or swallowed. Now they are very infrequent, but still there.
My GP thought allergies. He gave me Allegra and Flonase. Did nothing.
My ENT put me on prednisone for a few weeks. That was the only thing that seemed to diminish the symptoms.
I also have all the inner ear symptoms along with this. Dizzy, off balance etc.
The ENT thinks I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction which has aggrevated a pre-existing inner ear problem that I had four years ago. I hope this helps.

Mia

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posted 09-22-2003 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gwen151     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey,
It has been a few months since I have posted on the board. I still come back to read every now and then but I still haven't found a name to my problem through internet searches or doctors. I basically had a headache for 8 months of this past year. After those 8 months it began to dissipate to the point where I hardly get one anymore. I was also constantly plagued with this "weird" feeling. Something like disequilibrium and a faint dizziness that I myself cannot explain. This too has also become less and less aggrivated. My ears are constantly popping and crackling when I swallow and yawn. Which is the most annoying thing in the world sometimes. It has been about 13 months since this all started and I am thankful that I am feeling more like my old self than ever, but there are a few symptoms that need to be cleared up before I am 100% back. Anyhow, I just thought that I would post and say that I know what you are going through,any insight would be fabulous, and I wish you all the best. Take Care - Gwen


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posted 09-22-2003 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ouch-ear-pain     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all so much for the help:
I forgot a few things. My GP sent me to the ENT because of all the fluid in my ear!! Big sign their. When I went to the ENT he said nothing of it? Should I get a different ENT?? He gave me flonase which made me worse.

Hbep: I think I have Eustachian tube dysfunction, I have to get tested though. I get dizzy but it is not like the room is spinning(only sometimes) it is like something made me head twirl. I am serios that is what it feels like. I hope you all read this. (just incase) Someone told me that this was because of my TMJ but I don't know. If it is Eustachian Tube dysfunction... do you live with it the rest of your life??? Thanks

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posted 09-23-2003 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hbep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have eustachian tube dysfuntion you certainly don't have to just live with it. If your GP saw fluid behind your ear drum, it's a strong sign you have this. Eustachian tube dysfunction is, as far as I remember treated with various drugs that could clear up the fluid - one of them being a short course of oral steroids. If that doesn't work, sometimes they will place grommets in your ears - it's a simple procedure, done in the doctor's surgery - you don't need a general anasthetic. Yes, you should definitely see another ENT if yours isn't helping, get a diagnosis if you have this, and recieve treatment. People with tmjd can end up with eustachian tube dysfuntion as the disturbances in the jaw can cause the E tubes not to open and close properly and the fluid gets trapped inside.

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posted 09-23-2003 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ouch-ear-pain     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your reply,
I am just having the hardest time with my ears and jaws. I don't know if it is my ears that are hurting or my jaw. I bought the book Dealing With TMJ, and it shows all of the trigger points and I am just soo confused. I have to go get jaw x-rays today and I will be sure to let you know what happens.

For a while I though I had something dislocated because my jaw always locks but know I learned it can be caused from anything. One more question....do you know if redness down my jawline means inflammation or infection? thanks!

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posted 09-23-2003 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Miza03     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ouch
I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and I have not had fluid behind my ear drum in months. That was the initial problem. I think the fluid caused an irritation which is why I had all that crackling and popping.
Allergy meds did nothing for me.
Prednisone for 8 days. Off for 2 weeks on for 8 more days helped a lot.
I also tried a diuretic. This did nothing except make me more dizzy.

Find a good ENT and see if he will prescribe a steroid.

By the way. I had the test done and it was inconclusive. The ENT said that because my ears were crackling so much.... He would have to hook the machine up an hour and watch for changes...

Take Care
Mia

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