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Annoying noises
Dec 20, 2003
I have had a problem with noises in my head for a few years now. There is a sort of crackling/scratching noise when I move the muscles behind my ears (its hard to describe, I just tense the muscles above my jaw). I also hear the sound when I swallow and when I speak. I hear no sounds when i'm not moving, only when I tense the muscles, swallow or speak. Sometimes, the noise goes away, I can tell this because sometimes when I tense those muscles behind my ears, the noise isn't there, even when I try to make the noise. Sometimes though, it really bugs me and I notice it all the time. It is in my right ear mainly, but I can hear it a bit in my left ear too.

Usually, if I forget about it, I don't notice it and it doesn't bug me as much but sometimes, as I said, I can always hear it.

Also, when I was younger, I was a very keen swimmer and I could go quite deep underwater and my ears would be fine. Earlier this year though, when I went on holiday, I was in a pool and when I was only about 1 meter underwater, my ears were unbareably painful and I had to come up.

I have seen a few other posts by people who have similar problems, but I don't have any idea what the problem could be. A few times in the past, I have lost hearing in 1 of my ears, but the hearing loss was resolved by using ear drops, the crackling noise has been there all the time though.

anybody know what might be causing the noises? I first ever noticed the noises when I was about 10. I was laughing and I suddenly heard the crackling noise. It has been there ever since, but I tend not to notice it a lot of the time. I would still like to know what my problem is though!


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