Q. How to stop ear crackling?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jun 16, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 14, 2019

Hi doctor,

How to stop ear crackling? I hear it everytime I yawn, swallow or do it intentionally. Why? What is the solution for it?

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist Otolaryngology (E.N.T)
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Hello,

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  • Ear crackling while swallowing, yawning, etc., is normal. It is because of closing of eustachian tube by throat muscles.
  • The tube connects back of nose or throat to the ear and equalize the pressure. That is the reason why it crackles.
  • However, the crackling can be painful or less frequent or ear can get blocked if the tube does not function properly. This can happen during an attack of upper respiratory tract infection or eustachian tube catarrh.
  • In these situations your hearing can also be less than normal. In such cases, a visit to the ENT is required who can look into the ear through an otoscope and confirm the findings and give right treatment.
  • Here in your case, it is normal.and not a cause for worry.

For further information consult an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ENT-Otolaryngologist

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