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Weird hollow sound when chewing

Whenever I chew or close my mouth so my teeth hit (sort of like chattering teeth), I hear this weird hollow sound in my ear (yes, my husband already covered all of the hollow-head jokes). It sounds similar to that of hitting a stick on the side of an empty bucket each time I bite down and my teeth make contact with each other or when I eat anything crunchy. It is relieved after what feels like pressure changing in my ears or when you have fluid in the ear and it is removed by q-tip or drains, but starts up again almost immediately. I run a q-tip on the outer portion of my ears everytime I shower and don't feel any actual fluid in there. Blocking my ears, swallowing, or chewing do not help. I have not been in a plane or changed elevation since this has happened, so I'm not really sure what is going on. Am I just losing it???
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I get the same sensation when there is fluid in my ears.  See a doctor if it doesn't go away or especially if it gets worse (i.e. hearing loss, pain, draining nasty fluid, ect) because you could have an infection of some kind.
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Thanks for the reply. The sound has since gone away, except for a few exepections after spending time in water or not drying out my inner-ear after showering/bathing/swimming. I have spent a considerable time of my life in water and never had this problem before so I wonder if I didn't have some sort of infection (which didn't pass on it's own) or just didn't dry out my ears well enough. In any case, thanks for the input!!! KB
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