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Re: "Clicking" in Ear

Re: "Clicking" in Ear

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Posted by John on June 14, 2000 at 22:31:21:

In Reply to: "Clicking" in Ear posted by Sue on June 12, 2000 at 21:53:21:

: 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.

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