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Weepy, crunchy ears
Bluspy posted:
For the past little while I have been waking up, every morning, with this crunchy feeling in my ear, much like when you get water in the ear while swimming. It's more of an annoyance than anything, but I'm wondering what might be causing it. This crunchy feeling ususally subsides on it's own after I've been up for a while but sometimes happens randomly. It's most noticable when I close my eyes and put 'pressure' on my ear drum, that's when I hear this crunching, crackling noise.

I have noticed that it mostly happens when I lie down for a while, but can happen randomly during the day. It feels as well that sometimes my ears are wet, or there's random leakage from them.

I haven't gone to a doctor's yet, but I might be if I can't find a solution.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
The only way that you can find that elusive solution is to be properly diagnosed first.....and, that is going to take an ear examination.

One possibility would be that you have a partial wax impaction. If this were the case, this problem might be solved by a ear lavage (washing out the ear with a gentle stream of warm water). If you don't have a wax impaction, then the likely cause would be in the middle ear. In this case, you are going to need the professional expertise of a medical provider to be properly treated.

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