Crackling and Ringing in Ears — Can I Fly?

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    1. ChrisPerry

      ChrisPerry Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 15 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Jaw disorder / anxiety / inflammation post thyroid surgery
      Hey everyone,

      Long story but I had a total thyroidectomy in January. After I had inflammation in my inner ears so severe I went to the ER. Ears looked fine. After a bunch of medications that only made me feel worse, it finally went away (the burning pain). I have a very bad click in my jaw from multiple dental procedures, and was told if I wore a night guard it would help with my ear pain. Well that seemed to make my jaw even worse. It clicks more and now I have facial pain. And now crackling every time I swallowing and high pitched ringing in quiet.

      I've felt devastated over this for weeks. My question is, I was planning to go visit my parents for a while as I am recovering from a lot of trauma from being in pain for 4 months straight, only to follow with tinnitus.

      Would flying possibly make this worse and damage the ear?

      Also I notice if I pull the front little knob part of my ear forward when I swallow, I don't hear the crackle ...
       
    2. Mister Muso
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      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Hi,

      I was worried about flying 2 months after getting severe tinnitus and TTTS. Turned out to be fine except for a spike in volume lasting a few days after the return trip. Probably due to the fact that the trip was split into 3 flights in one day.

      I used Earplane plugs throughout,with ear defenders at takeoff and landing, and noise cancelling headphones during the flight as required.
       
    3. vttbx

      vttbx Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2001
      I also have a crackling sound every time I swallow. But mine was caused by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment for my T with prior acoustic trauma. I've seen three ENTs and none of their treatments have helped. I don't want to live the rest of my life with this on top of T, hyperacusis, and hearing loss.

      I usually wear earplugs on plane rides just to be safe. But in general, the volume of an airplane cabin isn't loud enough to cause damage. I wear them more so when people slam the overhead bins closed.
       
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      ChrisPerry

      ChrisPerry Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      May 15 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Jaw disorder / anxiety / inflammation post thyroid surgery
      Hey everyone,

      I had ignored my TMJ, then followed a dentists instructions to wear a night guard since I'm a teeth grinder. Come to find out that made my situation worse. I woke up with ringing in my ear and every time i swallow i hear crackle and my bite is off now. I went to a TMJ specialist and I'm having a splint made. There is a good chance it will improve these symptoms.

      Does anyone experience crackle only when they swallow saliva, as apposed to water, food etc?
       

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