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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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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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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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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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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