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[Pressure] tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
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RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
Yes my ears pop and crackles a lot, it is very unpleasant.
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#12
RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
Do they do so during the day too, or only during PAP? If this is a persistent issue, you may need to see an ENT, especially if you're prone to middle ear infections etc.


See my comparison of Viatom/Wellue and CMS50F oximeters here.

Not a doctor, definitely not your doctor, all advice is given as-is and represents simply my own understanding as a fellow patient and OSCAR user.
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RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
Yes unhappilly it's constant
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RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
That's no fun. Have your doctors said anything about fluid in your middle ear (behind your eardrum) or glue ear? Do you get a lot of ear infections? Compacted ear wax can also cause some crackling and popping, so I'd definitely recommend getting your ears looked at again to see if you have any problems with ear wax/skin build-up or fluid in your middle ear that might be helped in various ways. Sometimes holding your nose while swallowing can force them to clear but it doesn't often work for me because my eustachian tubes don't like to play ball.


See my comparison of Viatom/Wellue and CMS50F oximeters here.

Not a doctor, definitely not your doctor, all advice is given as-is and represents simply my own understanding as a fellow patient and OSCAR user.
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#15
RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
I'd like to voice some dissent for the idea that crackling and popping ears throughout the day means a trip to the ENT is necessary.

With CPAP, I was having constant ear symptoms like you mentioned: feeling of bubbles in the ears, frequent ear popping, pain in ears, & clicking in the ear.

By experimentation, I realized that the EPR was agitating my ears. I think the pressure changes, with every single breath, was just too much for my ears. Since I switched my EPR to off, I've had no such troubles. My ear issues have *completely resolved* since shutting off the exhale support. Keeping the pressure the same for both inhale and exhale has eliminated the ear pain, clicks, and pops.

BUT before I found the solution, I did chat with an ENT (who I met socially) about it. I told him about my CPAP use, and that I didn't experience this until I'd gotten on a CPAP. His suggestion was surgery... although he admitted he'd never heard of ear pain from CPAP. Thank goodness I tried various settings on my machine, before going down a more invasive route.
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RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
I would agree if this was just some temporary discomfort. But if it's consistent, lasting all day, it's hardly a bad idea to check for wax or fluid in the middle ear. You can visit an audiologist if you don't want to see an EMT, they're probably even better at letting you know if you have compacted ear wax or middle ear effusion that needs treating. It could absolutely be just down to the changes in pressure. But if it's a longstanding problem, then it seems sensible to rule out other issues, too. I am kind of horrified that any EMT would suggest doing surgery if there's no underlying pathology, though, before checking things like therapy changes and decongestants, for example... that would be overkill, for sure.


See my comparison of Viatom/Wellue and CMS50F oximeters here.

Not a doctor, definitely not your doctor, all advice is given as-is and represents simply my own understanding as a fellow patient and OSCAR user.
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RE: tinnitus and ears problems with CPAP, need help
Thanks for all answer, tomorrow I'll visit an audiologist indeed.
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