Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing noises in your ear can all be indications of a condition known as tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.
Ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping noises that seem to come out of nowhere? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. For everybody else, tinnitus might be the answer.
Even though we usually think of our ears with regards to what we see on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye – or in this case, the ear. Here are a few of the more common noises you may hear inside your ears, and what they may reveal is happening.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
We can tell you this – it’s not Rice Krispies. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from a change in altitude, going underwater, or simply yawning – you may hear crackling or popping sounds. A small part of your ear known as the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to circulate and equalize the pressure in your ears.
Sometimes, such as when you have allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an overabundance of mucus in your system can gum up the eustachian tubes and interfere with what is ordinarily an automatic process (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical help, like surgery, is occasionally called for in extreme cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Vibrations in the ear are sometimes a telltale sign of tinnitus. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the medical term for when somebody hears abnormal sounds, such as vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any external sources. It’s typically described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some cases, be minimal, and in others, debilitating.
What Should I do About Sounds in my Ear
Once again, if you use hearing aids, you should first check those. You may hear these types of sounds for a number of reasons: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t properly positioned in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is rubbing up against it. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of noise, it might also be caused by excess earwax.
Dull hearing, itchy ears, and ear infections can often be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and impeding its function. The good news is, earwax issues are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have odd sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids are not working correctly we can help with that.