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Old 10-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #1
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Crackling sound when swallowing

A few weeks ago I ended up getting this very noticeable crackling sound in both of my ears everytime I swallowed. I went to the Doctor, and he discovered I had a throat infection. He gave me amoxicillin and sudafed to help relieve pressure in the ears. I finished the antibiotics, and the throat infection was cleared, but I was still getting the sound in my ears. I only took 1 or 2 of the sudafed, so when I went back to the Doctor, he advised me to finish the box. I did so, and still have the issue. I'm happy to report, it's not as bad. It's now almost entirely localized in my right ear it seems. The sound isn't as loud, and now comes and goes. It still happens often enough, but every now and again, it won't do it at all for a few minutes. Every time I drink something, I can hear it, but it completely fades away a couple of seconds after I start. For a short time after I put down the drink, it doesn't happen. It doesn't do it at all or very little after I eat as well.

Can anybody give me any ideas as to what this is? I have no pain or anything, but sometimes feel a sort of tickling sensation in my left ear.

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: Crackling sound when swallowing

Swallowing, chewing and yawning activates your Eustachian tubes.

The sound you hear is probably you Eustachian tubes opening and closing.

Old 10-20-2007, 05:04 AM   #3
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Re: Crackling sound when swallowing

I have this too and it is to do (I am told) with mucous in your eustachain tubes. They are opening and closing but the sound you hear is the sticky fluid. The "tickling" in your ear may be a result of the same thing - some fluid has made its way up the tube and is getting into your middle ear.

There is lots of good advice on here about how to let your tubes drain and the kinds of disorders that affect your ears. It doesn't sound too bad so perhaps spending time in the steam room will help. I find drinking lots of water helps a bit too as it things the mucous down.

Old 10-21-2007, 01:06 AM   #4
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Re: Crackling sound when swallowing

Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.

Old 12-25-2007, 04:57 AM   #5
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Re: Crackling sound when swallowing

I have cracking sound in my ear when swallow with mild pain in my left ear. If I am exposed to severe cold, say entering a cold storage, I feel terrible pain in my left ear which continue a day or two. I have some hearing problem also. My left ear receive less sound as told by a visiting ENT specialist.
Please appraise me the cause and suggest remedy.

S. K. Das

Old 01-02-2008, 01:55 PM   #6
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Re: Crackling sound when swallowing

I've also had some weird crackling/popping sensation in my ears for the last few months now in both ears. Although it seems to generally happen more often during times of eating,yawning, or drinking. I know for sure it has something to do with my Eustachian tubes, but I'm just wondering if this could possibly be stress related at all. Because when I first had Tinnitus after 2 long nights at a night club, I had trouble sleeping, thinking, and going on about life without thinking of the ringing. So, during that time, for some reason, as I was stressed out alot, I began to swallow alot some days, I don't know why but it was pretty compulsive to say the least.

To me it seems like when I'm eating, my jaw muscles tend to open up my tubes at some points and I hear a slight crack/pop sound. But when I'm finished eating/drinking, the sound subsides, proving that it has something to do with my muscles either over-reacting or still trying to recover from stress.

I do have a steam room in my parents house and it does seem to help a little, as it seems to open up the E-tubes a little more than usual, but generally it just goes back to the way it was a few hours later.

Sometimes I just feel like going to my ENT and asking him to literally have some sort of procedure that will have some sort of instrument that will go through my e-tubes and clean them out, sort of, or relax them more, and hopefully if I give it a few days for the ear procedure to heal, that maybe it will heal more properly given that some natural processes may allow for it to heal better on it's own, rather than just having my e-tubes remain the same way the entire time over the months and months that I've had this going on.

Does anyone have any possible suggestions for eustachian tube dysfunctions or possible remedies for this type of thing that might actually induce a little bit of swelling in the e-tubes to have them not open so much as often?

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