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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Popping The Ears

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Is it safe to pop your ear to equalize the pressure? Will it damage my ears?

Is it safe to pop your ear to equalize the pressure? Will it damage my ears?

Yes: It is safe to gently pop your ears to equalize the pressure. However, if it takes extreme effort to pop your ears, don't keep on trying. If you continue to try, you might rupture your ear drum or rupture a membrane leading to your inner ear. This can lead to dizziness and/or hearing loss. If you can't clear your ears effectively, you will need to see an ent. ...Read more

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Pain when chewing, popping when opening wide, and pressure and pain/fullness in ears?

Pain when chewing, popping when opening wide, and pressure and pain/fullness in ears?

Pressure: Partial blockage of the eustacian tube which runs from the side of the back of the throat into the middle ear. When this happens it creates a sensation of fullness. You can try relieving this by thrusting your lower jay forward and your head back, or by holding your nostrils and blowing against a closed mouth (but be very careful with this), or use a nasal spray or decongestant or a sinus rinse. ...Read more

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My ear is popping and pressure, can I wait 2-3 days to see a doctor?

My ear is popping and pressure, can I wait 2-3 days to see a doctor?

Eustacian Tubes: Could be eustachian tube dysfunction which is very common. An unequal release of pressure between the inner ear and outside often due to a cold or allergies. If pain worsens or hearing decreases please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Head, ear pressure, nose, ear popping, headaches, dizziness.

Head, ear pressure, nose, ear popping, headaches, dizziness.

Cold?: This sound like you have a cold. This includes all the symptoms of the usual cold. No treatment is needed at this time unless you feel you need symptomatic treatment. If persists see your doctor. Cold symptoms usually last about a week to 10 days. ...Read more

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Hi, my husband hasa realy bad ear congested problem for 4 yrs. Alot of popping and pressure behind head. Has been to doctors and can't find out what it is?

Hi, my husband hasa realy bad ear congested problem for 4 yrs. Alot of popping and pressure behind head. Has been to doctors and can't find out what it is?

Eustachian tube: His eustachian tube may be partially blocked leading to a painless pop ; crack when swallowing (similar to sensation when driving up/down mountain or airplane takeoff/landing). It can be aggravated by allergies and/or upper respiratory infections. He may get some relief w/otc antihistamines ; decongestants or he may need "prescription strength" medications for allergies. Google has great images. ...Read more

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Constant popping and pressure in ears, pain and stiffness in neck along with severe pressure headache? Being going on for months and progressing.

Constant popping and pressure in ears, pain and stiffness in neck along with severe pressure headache? Being going on for months and progressing.

See your physician: It may be sinus, middle ear or both. You can try a decongestant like actifed or sudafed. Since it ispersistente you will need to consider seeing your physician. The neck may be musculoskeletal secondary to the congestion. ...Read more

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Side of head feels pressure, ear to jaw area been popping for. 3 weeks now. Not to much pain but want the popping to go away.

Side of head feels pressure, ear to jaw area been popping for. 3 weeks now. Not to much pain but want the popping to go away.

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck clicking and popping, difficulty to swallow, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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Ear popping and pressure (mostly around temples) along with mild headaches (usually later in the day) and occasional pain at the top of my head.

Ear popping and pressure (mostly around temples) along with mild headaches (usually later in the day) and occasional pain at the top of my head.

Sounds like: You may have some sinus inflammation and complicating eustachian tube dysfunction. You may want to consider a trial of Neti Pot use (as in saline irrigation for the sinuses) and safe steam exposure to see if things will open up. Otherwise a more formal HealthTap Prime consultation will allow for better guidance. As always if your symptoms worsen, see your doc in person. ...Read more

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Light headache with popping ears and pressure at top of nose, what could be the cause? I've had the symptoms for a few weeks, but it is not constant.

Light headache with popping ears and pressure at top of nose, what could be the cause? I've had the symptoms for a few weeks, but it is not constant.

U may have a: Sinus headache triggered by allergies or a sinusitis (if u have a green or bloody nasal discharge). An antihistamine may give relief, like Zyrtec.A sinusitis will require antibiotics. A cold could cause Increaced sinus pressure and popping (congested) ears. If persists, c ur doc.?? ...Read more

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I have an etd in my left ear, the pressure is relieving but I still have ringing and the popping and cracking sensation. How long will these last for.

I have an etd in my left ear, the pressure is relieving but I still have ringing and the popping and cracking sensation. How long will these last for.

Eustachean: You need to get an exam by a doctor, preferably an ENT doc, to find out what the problem is. The most common cause of eustachean obstruction is nasal congestion in your age group. You may need a nasal steroid since oral decongestant does not work as well. ...Read more

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Blood pressure is up, lots of head pressure (no pain), stiff neck, ears full and popping, feel shaky what could it be?

Blood pressure is up, lots of head pressure (no pain), stiff neck, ears full and popping, feel shaky what could it be?

Sinusitis?: Sounds like a bad cold, Virus, sinusitis. When the eustacian tube (a tube which tries to keep pressure diff betw inner ear and mouth minimal) gets blocked by secretions one will have poppong. You certainly sound sick. Do you have any nasal discharge that is yellow or greenish, any fever? . You should see a Physician for a better opinion. ...Read more

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Deep inside one of my ears it feels like fluid and pressure are there. Popping ears does not help at all. Not pain; just a fluid feeling, occasional pulses, but very deep. What does this sound like, and when should it warrant a trip to the doctor?

Deep inside one of my ears it feels like fluid and pressure are there. Popping ears does not help at all. Not pain; just a fluid feeling, occasional pulses, but very deep. What does this sound like, and when should it warrant a trip to the doctor?

Answer: There is most likely fluid and mucous inside your Eustachian tube causing the blockage. If popping the ear does not help, try using a decongestant nasal spray such as Afrin or Neosynephrime in the nostril on the side of the blockage, drinking clear liquids, and avoiding dairy products. There is no hard and fast rule about this, but I will usually prescribe antibiotics after a week if unimproved. ...Read more

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having extreme pressure in my head and ears. 2 vains one on each side are sticking out and sore? My jaw really tight and popping

having extreme pressure in my head and ears. 2 vains one on each side are sticking out and sore? My jaw really tight and popping

Please get evaluated: IF you have a severe headache, it may be a simple as allergies and sinus issues, but it could more, please get help to give more information. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing pressure in ears, causes dizziness, feeling off balance, ringing, constant popping, jaw popping. Relief w/ motrin. Wht cld ths be?

I've been experiencing pressure in ears, causes dizziness, feeling off balance, ringing, constant popping, jaw popping. Relief w/ motrin. Wht cld ths be?

Vertigo: The pressure in your ear is likely fluid. The pressure transfers to your labyrinthine gland and causes dizziness. Lemon drops and decongestant. If no relief see your doctor. ...Read more

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Painless lump under my left ear above the end of the jaw, slight popping. Has been there almost a year. Ear pressure in right ear, headaches recently?

Painless lump under my left ear above the end of the jaw, slight popping. Has been there almost a year. Ear pressure in right ear, headaches recently?

Multiple possibiliti: Consult either a TMJ oriented dentist and/or a physician because there are multiple possibilities in this most busy area of the body. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chronic dizziness vertigo feeling popping in the ears pressure around the eyes for 3 weeks. Ent found that my ear holding fluid causing the symptoms?

Chronic dizziness vertigo feeling popping in the ears pressure around the eyes for 3 weeks. Ent found that my ear holding fluid causing the symptoms?

Upper respiratory: The description sounds like you are have sinus and middle ear pressure due to upper respiratory swelling/ inflammation/ congestion. The swelling blocks fluid drainage and causes pressure/ fluid buildup in the sinuses and ears. Allergy medication with decongestants may be helpful. Nasal decongestant sprays can also help. If this worsens, you need to see an ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can tension headache cause ear pain? Nose keeps "popping"- extreme pressure of head behind eyes & all around and ear pain both ears

Can tension headache cause ear pain? Nose keeps "popping"- extreme pressure of head behind eyes & all around and ear pain both ears

Pressure: May also be the onset of a cold or allergic in origin. You can try an otc antihistamine if you have allergies, but if not try otc cold rx ...Read more

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Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right. Surgery?

Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right. Surgery?

Yes: Your ENT will want to remove it. It is possible they may elect to biopsy before completely removing. There are many different thing that this can be. A thorough diagnosis before treatment is important! ...Read more

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Eye pressure, ear popping, headache, dizziness with light headness like passing out feeling. All normal mri. Sore cheeks, neck painful?

Eye pressure, ear popping, headache, dizziness with light headness like passing out feeling. All normal mri. Sore cheeks, neck painful?

Sinus disease: Many of the symptoms sound as if you have sinus issues or mastoid sinus disease. You didn't specify what the MRI was for but if it covered the head it may only see a part of the sinuses. Allergic rhinitis may also present with similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Feeling unbalanced like rocking forward to backward popping ears head pressure had CT scan and MRI of brain checked out fine what do I do next?

Feeling unbalanced like rocking forward to backward popping ears head pressure had CT scan and MRI of brain checked out fine what do I do next?

See a neurologist: You need a detailed history and exam with extensive neurological details. Go see somebody and get this worked out. Imaging studies are of little diagnostic value when negative. ...Read more

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My husband has had a ear problem for 3 years. N can't find out with it is even doctors that he has gone to. Feels a lot of presure and popping.

My husband has had a ear problem for 3 years. N can't find out with it is even doctors that he has gone to. Feels a lot of presure and popping.

Seen ENT?: Has he seen an ear/nose/&throat specialist? They are doctors who have trained specifically in ear disorders and it would be recommended to see an ENT and get the problem diagnosed and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause jaw popping/cracking sound w/ pressure and tingling on that side of face/head besides TMJ/TMD?

Is there anything that can cause jaw popping/cracking sound w/ pressure and tingling on that side of face/head besides TMJ/TMD?

TMJ Disorder: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your jaw. See a dentist or TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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Been on lexapro (escitalopram) for almost 8 weeks and this week have head pressure, brain popping and dizziness on and off. Could lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Please advise

Been on lexapro (escitalopram) for almost 8 weeks and this week have head pressure, brain popping and dizziness on and off. Could lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Please advise

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) has some side effects, and can even be experienced after taking for awhile. Some dizziness, lightheadedness, and even some head congestion are on the side effect profile. If it worsens go to the ER for an evaluation, or if not getting better in the next few days, I recommend seeing your personal physician. ...Read more

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Jaw laxity, popping, misalignment, right tempomandibular joint sunken, sharp tooth pain opening jaw, tongue feels to big, pain behind right eye when opening jaw, sensations on head when moving jaw, heightened gag reflex, pressure in teeth?

Jaw laxity, popping, misalignment, right tempomandibular joint sunken, sharp tooth pain opening jaw, tongue feels to big, pain behind right eye when opening jaw, sensations on head when moving jaw, heightened gag reflex, pressure in teeth?

Evaluation: You have many symptoms that requires comprehensive evaluation and x-ray studies. Other tests may also be needed. I would recommend initial evaluation with your dentist who can make a referral to a TMJ specialist or other specialist, ...Read more

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Why wouldn't my ears pop to equalize pressure? I get headaches, chronic but tolerable pain and little drainage in my right ear. 2+yrs.

Why wouldn't my ears pop to equalize pressure? I get headaches, chronic but tolerable pain and little drainage in my right ear. 2+yrs.

Eustachian tube: You need to still try to pop your ears whenever you can. You need to make an appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor who can check a hearing and pressure test and check the ear for an external otitis you should have improvement soon. Good luck. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have very narrow ear canals that become clogged easily. My doc told me to make my ears pop at least once a day to lessen pressure, is this safe?

I have very narrow ear canals that become clogged easily. My doc told me to make my ears pop at least once a day to lessen pressure, is this safe?

Unrelated: Narrow ear canals have nothing to do with the recommendation of popping the ears. The narrow ear canals are genetic and may lead to difficulty in cleaning the ears if wax accumulates. Therefore the cleaning of ears, if necessary, should be performed by an ENT doctor. Popping the ears carefully only ventilates the middle ear space. Therefore the advice given to pop the ears may not be safe. ...Read more

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What happens when you dive and don't equalize the pressure in your ears?

Negative pressure: The space behind ear drum will develop a negative pressure pulling in your eardrum. This will hurt. It may rupture. You may bleed in the ear. Won't be too fun. ...Read more

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I have all of the sudden developed pressure in my left ear that feels like it needs to pop but won't, and it's causing a bit of dizziness?

I have all of the sudden developed pressure in my left ear that feels like it needs to pop but won't, and it's causing a bit of dizziness?

? inner ear: You may have an otitis media infection, but the symptoms could herald the onset of meniere's, and if hearing loss present, need to get this evaluated. Possible that eustacian tube is blocked which can happen in upper respiratory tract or sinus infection. Contact your primary doc. ...Read more

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I have all of the sudden developed pressure in my left ear that feels like it needs to pop but won't, and it's causing a bit of dizziness.

Eustachian tube...: It sounds like your eustachian tube might be blocked, preventing your ear from equalizing pressure on either side of your ear drum. This can happen when you have cold symptoms like congestion. Drinking extra fluids can sometimes help loosed things up to reopen the tube. Also chewing gum, sucking on candy or yawning helps. Lastly, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or a nose spray like afrin can help open things up. ...Read more