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For the past 3 days or so, I've had the onslaught of some new, but old e tube noises.  It sounds like something wet in there, kind of a "glitch" "click" sound when I talk, eat or move the wrong way.  I've always attributed these sounds to allergy or sinus gunk.  I had been dealing with a sinus infection or inflammation at least, for the past few weeks.
 
In the past, this has always settled down.  This time, I don't know because I have a feeling the TMJ may be involved due to also having some crepitus sounds like a wood splitting sound in there sometimes.  That has been better today, but when we ate, the e tube racket nearly drove me out of my mind.
 
What I am wondering, does anyone know if it is possible to "see" the e tube if not directly, by X-ray, CT scan or MRI?  I want to know what is going on in that troublesome thing!  My rt.  ear is always just fine, no noises of any kind.  All of my problems are on the left side of my head.  I have been told on this forum that lots can be done for e tube problems.  That's good news.
 
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Tony,

I don' t know of an imaging test that shows whether the e-tubes are working properly let alone even seeing the e-tubes themselves. However, since e-tubes are to regulate the air pressure between the middle ear and the outside, a simple tympanometry test can see if your middle ear pressure is within guidelines and if not, then e-tube disfunction is the primary suspect.

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Hi, D-

That's about what I thought.  I think they did a pressure test last spring when I had the dizziness, at the rehab hearing and balance center, but not certain on that.  This makes me think something is not in the right position or is congested.  Back in '93, Dr. Anthony at Ft. Worth told me the tubes were occluded.  Unsure what he meant, but I recall him saying that.  That was way back when I didn't even have e tube noises.

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I just googled tymp. test and this is what it can show:

What abnormal results mean

Tympanometry may reveal any of the following:

  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Perforated ear drum
  • Impacted ear wax
  • Scarring of the tympanic membrane
  • Lack of contact between the conduction bones of the middle ear
  • A tumor in the middle ear

I kind of suspect that first one with the allergies I have, but if it was allergies, looks like I'd have a better day without the noises.  I believe they did do that test after I read how it's done, last spring, but nothing abnormal found.  Gotta be something to have the complaints I have.  Oh well...


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Man, this is about to drive me out of my mind!  When it's really on me, talking is a no-no.  The clicks, noises, whatever it is nearly drown out my own voice!  It's not like a hyperacusis thing either where some complain of hearing clicks when they talk- it is something to do with that e tube possibly combined with a TMJ problem.  For a while after eating, I couldn't talk.  I just couldn't stand the noise of the ear.  I've never had anything this bad.  I've had it to do this a tiny bit for a short few days, but nothing like this.


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Well, after putting up with left e-tube noises all week long, I finally got better... in THAT ear.  Last night, as I was first about to doze off, the rt. ear went *click!* real loud.  It happened again.  By that time, my heart was racing in panic wondering what NOW.  I finally got to sleep okay.  This click is the one you usually hear when swallowing or at the start of a yawn, only it is controllable doing those.  I figured and hope I was right, that maybe I just needed to yawn and the reflex was kicking in.  I yawned a few times, and finally went to sleep, though perturbed by what caused yet another in a new series of auditory events.  "Happy" spring time to me.

I'm going to have a moving van load of symptoms for Dr. Isaacson... period.

DrJ or anyone, does this necessarily mean all of this is going to worsen, or just continue to be ever changing and a usual menace?   That is a great question for Dr. Isaacson, but I guess I just want reassurance new horrible things aren't going to start happening more and more.

Oh well, this makes a nice auditory blog anyway.


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