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Hey guys, do you have a crackling sound in your operated ear sometimes? I have it mostly in the morning. It's kinda like the sound in your ears when you swallow, but it does it 5 or 6 times when it happens.
[QUOTE=sarahebeth;4163812]Hey guys, do you have a crackling sound in your operated ear sometimes? I have it mostly in the morning. It's kinda like the sound in your ears when you swallow, but it does it 5 or 6 times when it happens.[/QUOTE]

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Hey Sarahebeth,
Yes, I did have crackling and popping noise the first few weeks after surgery. But it eventually stopped.

My last posts last week I posted that I was getting a cold. It got worse and lasted about 5 or 6 days. It was just in my head as it never got down into my chest. So the infection was all in my sinuses, which are connected with the ears via the Eustachion tube.

On Wednesday I started having pressure in my operated ear and Thursday I started getting pain in the ear. Called Dr today (Friday) and spoke with Nurse as today is a surgery day for the doc. When she called me back she told me the doc said I definetly needed to be concerned. They called in 2 prescriptions, an antibiotic and a steroid for the swelling.

Took the drugs immediately while I was still in the pharmacy parking lot. After 2 or 3 hours after starting the meds I started having popping and crackling noise again. I can also feel a difference when I touch the ear and my face in front of my ear, it is not as tender. So the drugs are working.

Another side effect of the drugs. I had posted previously that the doc had to cut my ear out of the canal and onto my face. The scar is visible about 1/4 past the opening of the ear canal and onto my face. Have not seen anyone else post this, so I have assumed that mine was unique.

Since the day of surgery the incision has been puffed and the area around it was swollen. The steroids are also helping that swelling. I am hoping when that swelling is gone I will start to get the improved hearing that I have yet to experience.
Day 7 - Quick rundown on stats: the pressure has somewhat died down but still there & the heart-beat sound is back in the operated ear. Now the loud tinnitus pitch is accompanied by a low hum (kind of like a vibration) - and they both alter in volume. Well, at least I now have 3 consistent sounds on the operated ear - a million more to go, right!? :dizzy: Doc (on Monday) said that I should keep using the drops in the ear (past the week initial supply - gave me a new prescription to maintain it).

The ear does the crackling sound (as others mention) and I also notice that contact-sound is off and on. By contact sound I mean if I touch my ear-lobe, sometimes it's audible as a loud scratch, and sometimes not. Does that mean the drum is slowly adhering to the metal and doing its thing or is it loose?

I can hear through it (tapping on wall or fridge) as I'm close to it (tunnel sound) but quite strange as it's not consistent of events... Stay tuned - more as it develops!





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