I'm interested of your case. I may have some similar problems. How did it develope? Did you get swallowing/throat-pain too? (without fever) Where you under a lot of stress, with neck tension, bye the time this happened to you?
The crackeling noise in your ears may come from your eustachian tubes. Normally they opens up and elevate air between the middle-ears and nose/swallow when swallowing and yawning are performed. (The soft palate rise, and the openings of the eustachian tubes should open).
My eustachian tubes stopped elevate air for 13 months. I just don't understand why, but it gave me terrible swallowing pain(!) When I understood the mechanism I pressed them up with Valsalvas manoevers and cleaning my nose with neti-pot. Ever after, I have this crackeling noise in my ears when I swallow and yawn. Actually, I feel like my tubes are filled with some sticky materie, so I'd rather call it a "sticky" noise.
I haven't found out what's in my tubes. I just don't understand why the walls suddenly totally stuck together, but I have some hypothesis. The time before it happened: 1) I had a lot of pressure at work and private combined with a neck-prolaps. Chiroprators say that the openings of the eustachian tubes get in problems when you have a 'subluxation' (out of position) or live a long time in excessive stress and neck tension. 2) I used tooth-paste in a tooth with temporary filling. I used it 24/7. I've read that the toothpaste-soap may "dry out" the mucus. Maybe the openings to my tubes "dryed out" and hindered them opening.
Now that I've pressed them open again, I have this crackelig/sticky noise. I just don't understand why they still a kine of "stick" together. Is it fluid from the ears, the tube-walls changed while being closed, water-solution from the neti-pot?
No ENT understood my swallowing pain. I guess, I'll never get an answer regarding mye tubes crackeling - or any help for them sticking together...View Thread
If you have throat/swallowing pain and know you have ET-dysfunction, the pain may be due to "excessive" air being pressed into your swallow while you swallow instead of being ventilated towards your ears.
The excessive air gets trapped because the swallowing muscles struggle to press it down, as it were food. (and, as I guess you know, air-pressure hurts a lot).
You might get your tubes to open more easely by "watering" them using a neti-pot or press them open by holding your nose. (The combination is not good, because the "squeeking" sound may hurt your hearing or the pressure may result in a barotrauma - as unlucky divers may get).
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I've got something similar, but much-much more painful (stabbing pain around the Adams apple), so most, probably, I may get a "differensial" diagnose. I don't know. Perhaps it may be helpful...View Thread