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Crackling Ear for a Y"ear"
An_249792 posted:
I have the same problem. I too am left searching the web for help.

My ear problem was caused by scubba diving - I failed to equalise properly.

At first (the first month) my ear felt full of water that woudn't drain. This developed over time and I thought it was getting better but I'm now left with this crunchy ear which makes me feel as if I need to do the ear popping thing where you hold your nose and blow. Its not painful but the reoccuring moving that I am doing with my jaw/ear cause a pressure feeling in my head and I get a migraine feeling - especially the more stress I get at work or the more coffee I drink.

I went to see an ENT specialist, and got my hearing and ear drums checked out. All was fine and the suggestion was that it would go over time and perhaps using a nasal spray and "doing the hold your nose and blow thing" would help.
It's not and its a year later. Its so annoying and worrying as its stresses me out and I hate the pressure feeling in my head. I wish I could stick a pipe cleaner through my ears and clear them out! (not reconmended I know!).
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
You are correct....NO pipe cleaners, but after a year, it is time to see the ENT again (or a different ENT) since you did not get better as expected. Because you did not return, the ENT just assumes that you are better, so you need to inform him/her that you are not.

As much as I would like to help you, I do not know anything about you, your medical history, nor do I have the ability to examine you.

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