Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Buzzing, crackling, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be signs of a condition known as tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.
Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing noise coming from? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. But if you don’t have hearing aids it might be tinnitus.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here’s what it may mean when some of these more prevalent sounds are playing in your ears.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for sure. It’s not uncommon to hear a crackling or popping sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can be because you had a change in altitude, went underwater, or just yawned. These sounds are caused by a tiny part of your ear known as the eustachian tube. When these mucus lined passages open up to equalize the air pressure, fluid, and air circulate causing these noises to manifest.
Occasionally, like when you’re dealing with allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an overabundance of mucus in your system can gum up the eustachian tubes and impede what is normally an automatic process (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). Medical help, 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?
Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the medical name for a condition that causes people to hear noises that have no external cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. Most individuals will refer to it as a ringing in the ears and it manifests across the spectrum, from hardly there to debilitating.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
If you have hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first task. There might be numerous reasons that you would hear these noises: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t correctly seated in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is brushing up against it. If you don’t use hearing aids, excessive earwax might be the problem.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and hindering its function. The good news is, earwax problems are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have unusual noises in your ears. We can check your hearing aid to make sure it’s working properly.