Every time my soft palate drops, it makes a clicking or "popping" noise loud enough for others to hear. It's also quite noticeable to people when I'm on the phone with them. About a month ago I had a sinus infection and ear infection, and this clicking noise began. Went on antibiotics, had the infection clear up, and the clicking noise stayed.
Upon investigation, I noticed that it was my soft palate. It clicks after I finish a sentence, say a word, or even between syllables in the middle of a sentence. It also clicks sometimes when I inhale or exhale through the mouth. Finally, I noticed it clicks when I swallow every now and then as well...but it's mostly the clicking at the end of speech that is causing me problems whenever it drops.
Here's an audio recording for reference: https://vocaroo.com/1fg6p0JFx9lf
...as you can hear, it's pretty obvious and not something I'm able to just "ignore."
For some reason, my palate does NOT click at all when I am laying down flat. I can speak without clicking, no problem, when laying down. It is also less noticeable in the mornings, and subsides quite a bit for about an hour after I eat a meal.
I've had sinus surgery 4 years ago to alleviate recurring sinus infections. Hadn't had ENT issues since then. I'm a 22 year old male...recently lost 30 pounds from 200 to 170. Not sure if any of this is relevant. I've seen an ENT recently and a neuro for a separate issue about 6 months ago. I'm quite confident it's not palatal myoclonus since my palate does not rhythmically contract all day. And I'm pretty sure it's not something neurological like MG, as I had a complete workup done for a separate reason in 2020 with everything coming back completely clean.
The ENT has no idea what is causing this, and I basically got a "good luck." Has anyone heard of this, or have any clue what this could be? Has been extremely bothersome in social situations...