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Do your ears ever pop when you swallow?

Asked by lefteh (9401points) April 26th, 2009

I’m currently in the midst of a bit of a freak-out.
Whenever I swallow or yawn, I hear a crackling or popping sound in my ears – mostly my right one. It is happening every time I swallow. This has been happening for a few weeks. Also, on three or four occasions in the past month, I have found blood in my boogers after blowing my nose. Have you ever had any of these symptoms? Anybody know what’s up?

P.S. I am planning on scheduling a doctor’s appointment tomorrow.

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hug_of_war's avatar

This happened to me after I got my wisdom teeth out. Have you had any tooth extractions?

Facade's avatar

Yes they do

SuperMouse's avatar

Yes they do. I have had most of the symptoms you describe and it turned out that I had a sinus infection.

Dansedescygnes's avatar

I always feel a slight popping sound in my ear when I swallow or yawn. It’s been happening my entire life. I just thought it was normal…now you’re telling me it’s not? My life has just been turned upside-down, thank you very much.

But I’m assuming that the crackling/popping you’re hearing is louder or longer-lasting than what I hear. Right?

I’m freaking out here… :(

Facade's avatar

@Dansedescygnes lol, don’t freak out. If anything is wrong, it’s minor.

Dansedescygnes's avatar


I didn’t know people swallowed silently. There’s always a small noise in my ear when I swallow; that’s just the way it is…lol

Facade's avatar

@Dansedescygnes Same with me. Maybe everyone else is abnormal :P

lefteh's avatar

Okay, I’m feeling more and more okay. That’s how I feel, Dansedescygnes. There’s a sound when I swallow, and that’s just the way it is. We’ll see what the doc says, I guess.

MacBean's avatar

I hear a popping sound every time I swallow, too. I always assumed it had something to do with the cyst I have that takes up the entire left side of my sinuses, since pretty much everything in your face/head is connected and opens up into everything else. But maybe it’s just normal… It’d be nice not to be a medical abnormality for a change!

asmonet's avatar

Uh, bloody boogers is probably due to dry air, nothing more. Unless you’re sneezing out great big bloody chunkage there’s nothing to worry about. As for the click/pop/crack in your ears I’ve had it since before I can remember. I’m more likely to notice it not happening (a very rare occasion) than happening.

I can do it on demand too, if I move my throat like the very first motion of a yawn, I can make the sound in my head even just on one side if I want over, and over, and over…

benjaminlevi's avatar

Its not anything abnormal, its a way to equalize the pressure in your head. When you go scuba diving if you don’t clear the pressure your ears will bleed (or worse)

LocoLuke's avatar

you’ve got these holes in your throat which connect to your ear canal. I think that when you swallow, they open up and allow pressure to equalize.

asmonet's avatar

@LocoLuke: You’re referring to Eustachian Tubes.

Lefteh, you might wanna click that. :)

lefteh's avatar

Yeah, I know what is causing the popping, I just didn’t know if it was normal for it to happen so incredibly often.

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