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A 28-year-old male asked:

I can make sound (cracking/popping) inside my right ear and also comes when swallowing. is it eusthacian tube disfunction? could it cause deafness?

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Dr. David Jakubowicz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Tmj vs etd: Crackling sounds in the ear can either be related to problems with the jaw joint or tmj, problems with the eustachian tube or etd or tinnitus . A way to tell is to open and close the jaw with a finger placed in the TMJ socket which is roughly the pocket created when one opens the mouth and places a finger directly in front of the ear canal right at the level of the sideburns. Deafness unlikely.

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Last updated Jul 17, 2015

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