Years ago, like 11, I injusred myself in a unusual way. I thought my ear wasn't draining so I tried to stretch my mouth wide open. It seemed like my jaw cracked and for about two weeks my jaw hurt when I chewed and throat hurt to swallow. My right ear instantly became very sensitive to noise. As the throat and jaw issues healed my right ear was never the same. Loud noises made it pop, crack and sometimes go into a spasm like condition. It feels like air moving in and out of the ear. Almost in a rhythem of popping. This has been going on for years and is starting to drive me crazy. During the day it doesn't bother me much, but at night as soon as I lay my head down it almost always starts. It must be the position of the head. Every time I have had it checked by an MD they say the ear looks normal. A visit to the ENT didn't result in any advice. Finally after at least 8 different doctors my new primary suggested eustachian tube dysfunction. After looking it it up I found Patulous Eustachian Tube, which seems to fit my symptoms. Is there any hope for treatment that could fix this condition. It is chronic and very disturbing. It affects my sleep on a nightly basis as it seems to be at it worst during the night. I would be greatful for any advice/help.View Thread
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