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Why do my ears slightly pop when I swallow or move my throat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 26, 2011 at 12:58 AM

It's not bad, and it doesn't really hurt, it is just annoying. What causes this, and how do I get rid the popping, or is this normal?

The popping isn't like a popping when you have an altitude change. It feels more like your ear is making a popping noise without it actually popping, if that makes sense. :P

I don't know how else to say it.

Help me out. Thanks!

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on July 24, 2012
at 07:22 AM

Narrow Eustachian tubes are more prone to clogging/pressure vraiances/etc than normal Eustachian tubes...therefore, that's why I brought it up.

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on July 19, 2012
at 01:23 PM

You're right, it's related to eating inflammatory foods or foods you're allergic to.

211ce7026d0c78a1d5aa23d2cfcc24dc

on July 19, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Your Paleo comment completely nixes your previous comment. Your TMJ and other problems were due to inflammation. Once you took the inflammatory foods out of your diet, your problems went away. The narrow tube comment is odd and seems unrelated!

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on February 05, 2012
at 01:35 PM

No its not. I scuba dive alot, and fly a few times a year, and when my ears and sinuses feel gunked up/poppy/itch, I ear candle, and they feel great. I can equalise after ear candling better when flying or diving.

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on February 04, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Ear candling is Quackery. Probably harmless so if it relaxes you, go for it but don't expect it to actually do anything.

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Also check out this discussion about ear popping on a recent thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/70766/problems-with-ear-drum/70772#70772

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:11 AM

You probably have narrow Eustachian tubes, like me. I also have a slight case of TMJ. My jaw pops, and so do my ears.

It used to be much worse, when I would get constant ear-aches that ended up draining into my throat and infecting my tonsils, and years of smoking and allergies didn't help either. Now that I've been paleo though, I haven't had a sore throat once, nor have I had any seasonal allergies like I used to.

Good luck with your narrow tubes.

211ce7026d0c78a1d5aa23d2cfcc24dc

on July 19, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Your Paleo comment completely nixes your previous comment. Your TMJ and other problems were due to inflammation. Once you took the inflammatory foods out of your diet, your problems went away. The narrow tube comment is odd and seems unrelated!

Medium avatar

(5639)

on July 24, 2012
at 07:22 AM

Narrow Eustachian tubes are more prone to clogging/pressure vraiances/etc than normal Eustachian tubes...therefore, that's why I brought it up.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:38 AM

You have air trapped in your Eustachian tube (from the inside of the ear). I got mine rid off by... boarding a plane to Europe (I was going there for vacations), swimming at sea and letting the water getting in the ear (a few annoying days with the ear being blocked), but ultimately it went away (for the most part) when I switched to paleo.

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on October 26, 2011
at 01:17 AM

Mine do that. Figured it was normal.

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on February 04, 2012
at 04:35 PM

possible TMJ? A lot of times that comes with noisy jaws when your throat moves. It's not uncommon.

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on February 04, 2012
at 02:28 PM

The joint where the jaw rotates down is located right around where your ear is. So if you have any inflammation there its probably going to pop and you will hear that.

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on October 26, 2011
at 05:05 AM

What is it about the symptoms that make you suspect a Paleo angle?

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:33 AM

Do a Google search, or search on the Mayo clinic site. Happens to everyone, it's not Paleo related, I promise.

211ce7026d0c78a1d5aa23d2cfcc24dc

on July 19, 2012
at 01:23 PM

You're right, it's related to eating inflammatory foods or foods you're allergic to.

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on March 14, 2013
at 06:16 PM

That's been happening to me for like the past month and its really scaring me and its really annoying

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I started getting the ear popping really bad AFTER I went paleo. 99.9% of the time it would coincide with a family member getting a cold.

The ear popping was the only symptom that I got.

Considering that pre-paleo I might as well have been eating off a subway floor (I was sick all the time!) I counted my blessings.

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87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on February 04, 2012
at 01:02 PM

Ear candling can clear that

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on February 04, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Ear candling is Quackery. Probably harmless so if it relaxes you, go for it but don't expect it to actually do anything.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:35 PM

No its not. I scuba dive alot, and fly a few times a year, and when my ears and sinuses feel gunked up/poppy/itch, I ear candle, and they feel great. I can equalise after ear candling better when flying or diving.

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