Clicking sound from Eustachian Tubes in ears: How to remedy?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Finley, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Finley

    Finley Guest


    My Eustachian Tubes click a lot when I speak! That is, the tiny tubes that run from your mouth to your ears that make a tiny click each time they adjust air pressure (e.g. when flying, but all the time to a lesser degree).

    My microphone picks up this sound something terrible. Because it occurs not only between words but also within words, and sometimes several times a second, it can't be edited out.

    How can I reduce this at the source - i.e. my mouth/ears, and/or the way I use the mic - when recording speech?

    Thanks :)
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    If a microphone pics it up then it is likely TMJ related even if you do not experience pain. Go get checked out by an ENT.
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Re: Clicking sound from Eustachian Tubes in ears: How to rem

    I went through he!! last winter with something similar. I had CAT scans, Xrays, I went to see an ENT and had my hearing checked. I had the clicking and my left ear was very distorted. After all the tests the ENT could not find anything wrong but did an additional test where she passed a fiber optic video probe up the Eustachian tube and when she put it up there could also find nothing wrong. About a week after the probe procedure it started clearing up and with in a month was all gone. I would go to an ENT but they may not find anything and it may clear up on its own. One thing to think about is how much pasta or milk products you drink as these can increase mucus production and can produce some strange effects with your Eustachian tubes, at least that is what my ENT told me. FWIW and YMMV.
  5. Finley

    Finley Guest

    Thanks Thomas, that's very interesting! Perhaps ETs like having fibre optics poked up them... I could ask the ENT to attach a teeny tiny bottle brush perhaps!

    Funny thing is, I was unaware of the problem - that is, nothing had drawn my attention to it - until I started recording. Then "Woah! Can't have that!" Such a pain. It's put an entirely unanticipated and confounding delay on the project.

    Strangely, I don't think I have any hearing deficit or other aural effects. Still, best to get tested I guess. :?
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