The Appearance Of A Popping Sound In The Ear When Tasting Or Swallowing Saliva?
Hello. R nI have been tasting / swallowing saliva for several years now in the ear canal like a popping sound which is quite disturbing in both ears. Every time I clean my ears, for a few minutes the pop goes away but in the end there is again. Is it normal? What are the ways to get rid of it?
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Between the ear and the oral cavity is connected by a channel called the Eustachian tube. This channel extends from the nasopharynx (the segment of the throat that is located behind the mouth, close to the nasal cavity) to the middle ear (the area around the hearing bones). The Eustachian tube normally functions to balance the pressure between the middle ear and the outer ear. You can feel this function for example when moving from a certain height, such as when you are taking off while on an airplane, where your ears feel more comfortable when you swallow or chew something.
The appearance of a popping sound when tasting or swallowing saliva may occur due to interference with this fallopian tube. This disorder is often caused by inflammation of the middle ear (otitis media), for example, which occurs when you have a respiratory tract infection that is not properly treated and spreads to the ear. However, it could also be caused by a buildup of cerumen (earwax), inflammation of the outer ear (otitis externa), corpus alienum (insertion of a foreign object in the ear), and so on.
You can check your complaint directly to a doctor or an ENT specialist. With direct evaluation through an otoscope, the doctor is usually able to determine the cause of your complaint. However, if necessary, doctors can also do other additional examinations, such as X-rays, CT scans, and so on.
As an initial treatment, you should not over-clean your ears, including by scratching your ears using a cotton swab. Always keep your ears dry and do not get any objects or insects in. If you have a respiratory tract infection, see a doctor so that it gets better. One more thing, avoid giving ear drops carelessly without the advice of a doctor.
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dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah