What causes ear popping and crackling?
Every time you swallow, yawn, or blow your nose, the Eustachian tube opens and allows air to pass from the middle of your ear to the back of your nose. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can be caused by large adenoids, allergies, or a cold. This dysfunction can cause crackling or popping noises in our ears.
Multiple sclerosis and other neurologic diseases that are associated with muscle spasms may also be a cause of tinnitus, as they may lead to spasms of certain muscles in the middle ear that can cause the repetitive clicking. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) abnormalities may cause a repeated clicking sound in the ear.
- Tinnitus will probably just go away on its own. While tinnitus caused by a medication or other temporary situation may cease if that element is removed, the reality is that tinnitus does not just “go away” for most people.
- 10. Perform the Valsalva maneuver
- Close your mouth and gently squeeze your nostrils shut with your fingers.
- Breathe deeply, and slowly blow the air out of your nose. If you hear a popping sound, it means the eustachian tubes have opened.
- Tilt your head to allow the water to drain from your ear.
- The most common cause of eustachian tube dysfunction is a viral infection like the common cold. Other causes include throat infections, nasal allergies, and chronic sinus congestion. With eustachian tube dysfunction, fluid may collect in the middle ear because it cannot drain properly.
As you feel the pressure beginning to build do the following:
- Hold your nose, close your mouth.
- Turn your head to the right until your chin touches your shoulder.
- Swallow hard until your left ear pops.
- Turn your head to the left until your chin touches your shoulder.
- Swallow hard until your right ear pops.
- Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can be caused by large adenoids, allergies, or a cold. This dysfunction can cause crackling or popping noises in our ears. The tube is lined with moist mucosa, and inflamed Eustachian tubes often get sticky, which causes the crackling and popping noises when the tubes are moving around.
- If this tube is clogged with mucus or its opening is blocked by allergy swelling, then pressure and fluid can build up in the middle ear. This gives us the sensation of being down a well, having the need to “pop” our ears frequently, and can result in diminished hearing. It is usually not related to allergies.
- In addition to regulating pressure in the middle ear, the Eustachian tube also serves to drain any secretions from the middle ear into the nose. The most common cause of Eustachian tube blockage is a cold. It can also be caused by sinus infections, allergies, enlarged adenoids, and some rare causes like tumors.
Updated: 24th October 2018