Clicking Ears — Culprit: Middle Ear Muscles? ETD and TMJ?

Discussion in 'Support' started by sdotosull, May 31, 2022.

    1. sdotosull

      sdotosull Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise
      I’m usually an ear thumper - but have been clicking like a pen recently!

      Since a head cold last month - and lots of anxiety about the situation - I’ve gradually started clicking in my left ear more and more.

      Things that set this ‘single’ click off include:
      • Swallowing. Usually this happens like a crackle which I’m used to. But a clear click now occurs about 3-5 seconds after the swallow.
      • Moving my head in certain directions. My jaw is very crackly when chewing or opening it too.
      • Talking. A click at the beginning and end of sentences.
      • Pushing air through my ears. I think I could always do this... but as more then a pop not a click.
      • My nose is also clicking and the back of my throat sometimes crackles.
      All these symptoms come and go but always present in some form every day.

      Does anyone have experience with these issues?

      I’m sure I had the same happen in my youth for a few months but I’ve forgotten.

      I'm between it being one of my middle ear muscles being triggered or ETD and TMJ causing something to click sometimes. I doubt it’s palatal. It doesn’t go into episodes and isn’t triggered randomly.
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      The middle ear muscles problem may be related to TTTS. I am no expert on it but it is known to generate clicking or Morse code like tinnitus. You can do a search on TTTS here or on the internet for more information. Best wishes. God bless.
       
    3. Lchops

      Lchops Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MRI
      Hello, I am new to tinnitus, it has been 6 weeks now. I got it from a loud MRI machine and stupid me they had the music blasting in the headphones when I was in the MRI machine but I thought to myself 'it's only 10 minutes, I will be ok."

      But the tinnitus started in my ears 30 minutes after and a week later I have exactly what you describe above. Clicking when talking, chewing and randomly when I move my head. I feel a click in the back of my throat too and I cannot figure out if this is ETD, TTTS or MEM.

      Of course I am freaking out because this is no way to live and I only go through the days for my young kids...
       
    4. MartinPihl

      MartinPihl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      Hi there.

      I am experiencing the EXACT same things as you. I have an appointment at an ENT in a couple of weeks. I will let you know what she says.

      Are you up for a pact? That we promise to keep each other updated, if things get better (or worse), so we might learn from each other?
       
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    5. Myoclonus1984

      Myoclonus1984 Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Have you ever had thumping or fluttering in your ears?
       
    6. Shizune
      Alone

      Shizune Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      The bell tower
      Tinnitus Since:
      H: 6/2020 T: 7/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chemical inhalation+Too many sleeping drugs
      I experience very similar things. I no longer get intermittent fluttering but I will get clicking when turning my head, though it's never consistent. No idea if it's MEM or TMJ. I went to ENTs but they didn't really say much. I think the only way to tell if it's MEM is through a tympanometry but that comes with risks too...
       
    7. Lchops

      Lchops Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MRI
      Yes please, let’s keep each other posted. I’m hanging on by a thread right now and just want my life to be over. I see an ENT in about 2 months only. Bloody Canada, so long to see specialists here. I want to get on antidepressants but just so scared they will make things worse.

      @Shizune - I’m new to all of this, why would you say a tympanometry comes with risks?
       
    8. Shizune
      Alone

      Shizune Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      The bell tower
      Tinnitus Since:
      H: 6/2020 T: 7/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chemical inhalation+Too many sleeping drugs
      I don't know much about it, admittedly, beyond searching what's on the forum here.

      But it does involve shots of air into your ear canal and recording how your ear drum/middle ear react to it. I've seen some say that it's a less risky test vs ones involving beeping in the ears such as audiograms and LDL testing, but others say that it's just as bad. Might cause a tinnitus spike or hyperacusis getting worse.
       
    9. MartinPihl

      MartinPihl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I'm sorry, English is not my native tongue.

      Can you explain what it means?
       
    10. Myoclonus1984

      Myoclonus1984 Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thumping sounds like someone tapping on a microphone inside the ear and fluttering like there is a moth flapping inside the ear.

      MEM is a very strange condition and it has no pattern for me either and it just keeps changing all the time but has been getting progressively worse in recent weeks.
       
    11. MartinPihl

      MartinPihl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I see. I have more like a thumping then.

      I have an appointment with an ENT this Wednesday. I will report back what they say, which is most likely nothing...
       
    12. Lchops

      Lchops Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      MRI
      Just an update for everyone.

      I have seen a TMJ physiotherapist two times now and it amazes me how much the jaw is associated with ear pain and other symptoms such as clicking, popping, crackling etc.

      He mentioned that if we have muscle tension in the jaw and neck area, it can lead to muscle spasms in the ear. Hence the clicking noises.

      It’s just the start of this physio treatment for me so I will again keep you all posted. From the onset of my tinnitus I know I was mortified and beyond stressed so constantly clenching my teeth. I’m a chest breather so he also says that puts a lot of strain on neck/jaw area, again affecting the ears.

      I haven’t been sleeping these last 8 weeks but got some Trazodone from my GP so I hope that will help me get some zzz. How can our bodies heal without sleep, right? I will also try going for some massage therapy to hopefully calm down my nervous system.

      I apologize for the long message. I also see my ENT on the 29th so curious to see what he will say. In the meantime hang in there everyone. I send you all positive energy and strength.
       
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