Ear Barotrauma from Swallowing the Wrong Way

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lauren Morse, Jun 30, 2016.

    1. Lauren Morse

      Lauren Morse Member

      Salt Lake City
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Trauma/Migraines
      Around the middle of May I had a number of problems which may have signaled the onset of a TMJ disorder, although I don't really know.
      One of the troubles I began having were minor difficulties in swallowing, and realized that I was swallowing much harder than before and too rapidly. What was worse was that my swallowing seemed to be sending too much air up my eustachian tubes and causing, well, ear barotrauma. Already having a bit of ETD, I suppose I was predisposed to this kind of problem developing. I have had too many occasions where I swallowed and heard a *BANG* in my middle ears, where I felt like my eardrum was going to rupture. Often I experience ear pain, tinnitus, ear fullness, and hearing loss. On some occasions even vertigo, which to me meant a shockwave must have gone through my inner ear.
      I have been told that I do not swallow properly, but even following attempts to swallow properly leads to the same problem.

      I am terrified because of how dangerous and unusual problem this is. Has anyone heard of this or know how to correct it? I realize that a lot of people hear a crackling sound in their ear upon swallowing; this is similar but at a much greater magnitude and with terrible consequences.

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