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A 31-year-old member asked:

causes of ear crackling / clicking?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Air: When your ear drum moves in response to air moving into your ear from your eustachian tube, a crackling/clicking sound is made.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Do ticks bite your ear?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
They can: Ticks generally favor warmer parts of the body... Groin, neck, arm pit, belly button. If they favor the ear... It is more likely where the ear joins the skull. They would typically not bite the outer part of the ear along the rim.. It's just to cold for them.
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A 54-year-old member asked:

What are ear waxes made out of?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Ear Wax: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
A 23-year-old member asked:

How often are you supposed to pick out ear waxes?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
As needed: Best not to pick out the ears, you risk injury or impacting the wax. Clean the ears with peroxide followed by a drop of mineral oil. Or you can use an otc wax kit. If you try that for a week without improvement, see your ent.
CA
A 28-year-old member asked:

How does flying affect your ear health? Can flying permanently affect your ears?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Normal ears, no prob: With normal ears, flying doesn't really have any permanent effects. If you have severe problems equalizing the pressure in your ears, flying can cause pressure imbalances, which are painful. Rarely, this pressure difference can cause eardrum perforations. If you have this kind of problem, see your local ent. Placement of a myringotomy tube (ear tube) can prevent these problems. Best wishes.
Mt Plymouth, FL
A 33-year-old female asked:

Can wearing ear bud headphones 24/7, literally, cause damage? If so how and what symptoms could occur?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Yes,: especially if the volume is too high. It can cause irreversible sensorineural deafness or hearing impairment. Some estimate that over 5% of current young adults and teenagers may have hearing impairment from such use.

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