Do I Have ETD If I Can Pop My Ears with the Smallest of Effort? My Ears Also Pop by Themselves

Discussion in 'Support' started by dayma, Jun 5, 2019.

    1. dayma
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      dayma Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/6/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      UNKNOWN
      Hello all. I had a quick question.

      I have always been able to pop my ears with the smallest of effort. They also just pop by themselves a ton. It happens constantly. I never really cared and never bothered me. Only reason I even know of ETD is tinnitus.

      I DO have allergies and post nasal drip. I take an over the counter allergy medicine. I never complained to my ENT about the popping so never got a real diagnosis of ETD.

      So my question is, does this sound like ETD or is it normal, especially for someone with allergies?

      Thanks!!!
       
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    2. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      See an ENT. Unlike tinnitus, ENTs do know how to diagnose and treat ETD.
       
    3. AUTHOR
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      dayma
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      dayma Member Benefactor

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      I am by no means afraid to go to ENT. Just curious about others experience. I never substitute a forum for doc.
       
    4. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

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      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Having ETD, I would say this sounds very much like it.
       
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      dayma
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      dayma Member Benefactor

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      Ty dude. Like I said just curious. Appreciate the feedback as always
       
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    6. Contrast
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      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
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      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      The sensation of ear fullness from loud noise trauma is massively misdiagnosed as congestion related ETD.
       
    7. jeas

      jeas Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 25, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TMJ/Neck
      My ears do the exact same thing. I do not have ETD, but I do have confirmed TMJD. It apparently causes very similar symptoms.
       
    8. Jcb
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      Jcb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I wonder if I have ETD as well, my ears can pop by themselves and also get that crackling when I swallow. It doesn’t happen all the time but enough to get annoying.
       
    9. AUTHOR
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      dayma
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      dayma Member Benefactor

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      Exactly same thing here
       
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    10. Rafaa

      Rafaa Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows? I have Patulous ET and ETD + Other things
      Sounds more like patulous eustachian tube to me OP. Go see an ENT who is knowledgeable on ETD and patulous eustachian tube and clear your mind from the questions you have.

      Not true, I have patulous opening in my right ear and still have ETD symptoms. Frequent fluid trapped in the ear.

      Many people with ETD are suffering with no cure. Even balloon surgery doesn't work for some people.
       
    11. Contrast
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      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      That's because they never had ETD to begin with, the inner /middle ear can be damaged by loud noise and cause ear fullness, and then it gets misdiagnosed as ETD.

      Audiologist literally just guess when they say ETD most of the time, or even crap diagnosis like water behind the ear, rarely can then verify it objectively. That would require a specialist otologist. Read stories on this forum about people visiting different doctors and getting different diagnosis, obviously someone's wrong.

      Audiology is a very primitive medical field, it has a really long way to go.
       
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    12. eagerUser

      eagerUser Member

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      2018
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      Un
      Exact same thing here! I always do valsalva maneuver which is painful! I know i most not do that but that's the only option! Even when i do my right ear pops and the left stays closed sometimes! I have been to several ENTs and they told me you have ETD. The last ENT told me to use a nasal spray for 2 months. In case it doesn't work you need VTs! Been using NS for a week and it has had positive effects. ENTs are not that helpful when it comes to ETD. The doc told me there's nothing on earth you can take except for NS & VT.

      * ETF test showed that i have ETD
      * ETF = Eustachian tube functioning
       
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    13. Contrast
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      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      Following weeks to months after my acoustic injury from very loud noise, my right ear felt blocked and hard as a rock sometimes. That certainly could not be allergy/ETD related as I never had a history of ETD before, it certainly had to do with a damaged ear from noise exposure.
       
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    14. rdz
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      rdz Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I'm able to make my ears pop by swallowing or moving the muscles in my neck. Could this ETD?
       
    15. Rafaa

      Rafaa Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows? I have Patulous ET and ETD + Other things
      Agreed. It's terrible, very primitive as you say. We don't even know why some people with severe hearing loss don't have any tinnitus while some with minor loss or no loss at all have tinnitus.

      Friend has been to over 100 concerts, has double hearing aids now and no tinnitus. He's only heard tinnitus after concerts.
       
    16. Contrast
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      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      Not everyone with a lost limb has phantom limb syndrome, that would explain why not everyone with tinnitus has hearing loss. But we don't know the mechanisms and determining factors why.

      ENT's have no interest in tinnitus, hyperacusis, noise induced pain and whatever other problems come from a damaged inner ear. It's just about selling hearing aids.
       
    17. Rafaa

      Rafaa Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who knows? I have Patulous ET and ETD + Other things
      Exactly my point, which is why I believe curing most types of tinnitus is a long way off.

      Also from your first point ETD does not only come with pressure and pain. There's the whole incorrect functioning to allow proper fluid drainage. Most people are chronically suffering with that. Me included. They have no idea how to properly treat the eustachian tube, most of it comes from the fear of it being too close to the carotid artery as well as it being difficult to get to.
       
    18. Contrast
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      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Clown World
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      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      I actually meant to same not everyone with hearing loss has tinnitus. I believe almost everyone with tinnitus has some degree of hearing loss playing a role in it, and exceptions are very rare.
       
    19. Don Tinny

      Don Tinny Member

      Location:
      Argentina
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017 (worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert with ear plugs
      Dr. Rauschecker says that we have some problem in the limbic system that causes tinnitus to reach consciousness. But I guess it's just a hypothesis.
       
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    20. Mister Muso
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      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Listening to music sometimes makes my ears feel they want to pop. That's when I know to turn it down (though it's rarely above 45dB these days). Anyone else get that?
       
    21. Selah1281

      Selah1281 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Bustown, OH10
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I never had any issues with ear popping and crackling until after developing tinnitus. Currently it’s happening daily sometimes periodically sometimes constantly (like this morning). Very annoying
       
    22. Mister Muso
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      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Quite likely. But actual nasal congestion, and post-nasal drip, clearly do not result from loud noise trauma. Both of those could be symptoms of an ETD.

      We don't know exactly why some people experiencing loud noise trauma are damaged by it, whilst others experiencing the same noise do not. If a pre-existing ETD could be a cause, then would treating that ETD make any difference to the current noise damage? Probably not. But could treating an ETD decrease the chances of the existing tinnitus getting worse? That's my question.
       
    23. Andy9214

      Andy9214 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/16/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing test
      I've been doing a lot of research and it seems like this thread it helping me figure some things out. I've had high frequency hearing loss since I was a child (26 now) but recently after a concert started to develop clogged ears and ringing in my right ear. The ringing didn't start until about two weeks after the concert - in the middle of a hearing test which was weird. I've had the symptoms of clogged ears and ringing for a little over two months now and the clogged ear pressure has become more severe. Never had ETD before, but after a swallow test an audiologist said I had an abnormal ETF test. Reading the comments here it seems like the audiologist might not be so accurate with this...
       
    24. Andy9214

      Andy9214 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/16/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing test
      Are you still suffering from the blocked/clogged sensation, or has it improved for you at all since?
       

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