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    Old 06-10-2017, 11:39 AM   #1
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    Ear crackling, ringing, and pressure for 3 months ENT tests show nothing

    Hi all, this started after an upper respiratory infection over 3 months ago. My ears can actually be heard crackling like rice krispies. I can hear them crackling every time I swallow or yawn and other people can hear it in a quite room. In addition, I had ringing in the ears started during the infection (3 months ago) and my ears are still ringing.They have never rang constantly before that. I also have slight balance problems and what I can only describe as a tightness or pressure in my face. This tightness mostly occurs around my jaw joint or cheek area and its not really noticeable while sitting only moving around and standing. My jaw clicks on the left side and sometimes it locks when I am talking but I do not think its TMJ personally because I was normal before my infection and didn't have any tightness there. My ENT looked in my ears, did a hearing test, tympanometry, and a nasal endoscopy. They did not see any inflammation or infection and my Eustachian tubes are not blocked. I don't have any sinusitis symptoms like post nasal drip or congestion. Now they want me to get an MRI. Any idea what this could be and if an MRI is the only way?

     
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