Hi, my name is Tony and I've been having this problem for the past few months. Around the beginning of December I began to notice this crackling noise in my ears, like if some liquid was trying to move or something. At first I figured it just might be some water in my ears. So I used that product "Swimear" to hopefully remove the liquid, but it didn't really do anything for me. It just caused the pressure in my ears to increase. After that this problem because to fluctuate and either get better or worsened. So finally I went to a doctor because I figured it might be an inner ear problem. So I went and he had a nurse take a look in my ears and she said she could see some liquid in there. So the doctor gave me a shot and some antihistamines. Well a few weeks passed and the crackling just continued to worsen and so did the pressure in my ears, and once in a while it gets a little painful. It even has gotten to the point where listening to music or elevated noise has become very irratating. My ears also begin to ring now everyday. I put up a post on Medhelp in the Community forum for suggestions on what I should do. I've tried antihistamines, decongestants, steam inhalation, the valsava maneuvur, and even chewing gum. Nothing I've tried has helped, and I don't even know what the problem could be anymore. If you have any idea what this problem is or how I can solve it, please help me by leaving a post.
You could have fluid behind the eardrums (serous otitis media) or this could be Eustachian tube dysfunction.
You need an ENT examination, and if you saw an ENT, you should be seen by an ear specialist (otologist).
You need a history, physical examination, audiometry, tuning fork testing, and impedance audiometry (tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing).
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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