Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be signs of a disorder known as tinnitus. Here is some important information.
Do you ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing sounds that seem to come from nowhere? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t properly fitted. For everybody else, tinnitus may be the answer.
Even though we usually think of our ears in terms of what we see on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye – or in this case, the ear. Here are some of the more common sounds you may hear in your ears, and what they could indicate is going on.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. It’s not unusual to hear a popping or crackling sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can be because you had a change in altitude, went underwater, or simply yawned. A small part of your ear named 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.
It’s an automatic process, but occasionally, like if you have inflammation from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually get clogged up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (don’t forget, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical assistance, like surgery, is sometimes necessary 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 often a telling indication of tinnitus. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when someone hears unusual noises, like vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any outside sources. It’s generally described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some instances, be minimal, and in others, debilitating.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
Once again, if you have hearing aids, you should check those first. There might be numerous reasons that you would hear these sounds: the hearing aids aren’t sitting properly within your ears, the volume is too loud, your hair is brushing against them, or your batteries need to be charged. But if you don’t use hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of noise, it might also be the result of excess earwax.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can often be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus noises? If it is touching your eardrum, it can actually inhibit the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Luckily, dealing with earwax is frequently pretty straightforward.
If you’re hearing odd sounds, contact us. If your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly we can help with that.