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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
JA: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?
Customer: Night before last I had a swollen sore throat but it was much better in the morning and hasn't bothered me since.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Allergies
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month 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?

Expert:  Doctor John MD replied 1 month 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 has an excellent patient reference on eustachian tube dysfunction here (or copy and paste

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