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Loud cracking and humming in ear followed by draining, Night…

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Loud cracking and humming in ear followed by draining

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?

Night before last I had a swollen sore throat but it was much better in the morning and hasn't bothered me since.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Allergies

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago
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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

I would like to ask a few more questions:

Besides the sore throat and ear issues, have you had a fever, runny/clogged nose or a cough?

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Doctor: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 11 months ago

If there are no other major symptoms, its most likely eustachian tube dysfunction. The eustachian tube is a drainage tube from the middle ear into the back of the throat. It is designed to help equalize pressure around the ear drum (tympanic membrane).
Often times when a person has developed a mild viral infection (sore throat, nasal congestion, etc) there is a little swelling of the eustachian tube that can cause the symptoms you listed above.

The FamilyDoctor.org has an excellent patient reference on eustachian tube dysfunction here (or copy and paste https://familydoctor.org/condition/eustachian-tube-dysfunction/

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