Depending on the cause of the excessive popping the doctor may suggest antihistamines, decongestants, antibiotics or even draining of fluid from behind the ear drum, as stated by Dr. Weil. Ear popping can occur with a number of conditions including Eustachian tube dysfunction.
Ear popping that occurs when speaking, eating or simply yawning without signs of going away is an distracting condition. Kaiser Permanente states that this condition usually resolves over time and is not considered serious. However, cases of ear popping that are caused by an infection or malfunction of the Eustachian tubes may require medical treatment to speed healing.
The Eustachian tubes connect the inner ear to the throat and allow for draining of the inner ear and to help maintain a proper pressure balance. Sometimes, they become swollen and fill with mucus from a viral or bacterial infection. This traps air in the tubes and can cause a popping noise when the jaw moves. Doctors can recommend taking an over-the-counter decongestant or antihistamine to help reduce the swelling in the Eustachian tubes. Doctors may also prescribe an antibiotic to fight an infection. Antihistamines and decongestants are good choice for popping caused by seasonal allergies, too. Patients with a lot of fluid behind the ear drum may require a myringotomy, which is perforation of the ear drum and insertion of tubes to allow the ear to drain.