Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A disorder known as tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is what you should know.
Ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping noises 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. But if you don’t use hearing aids it may be tinnitus.
Even though we mostly think of our ears with regards to what we see on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye – or in this instance, the ear. Here are a few of the more common sounds you may hear in your ears, and what they may indicate is happening.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for certain. It’s not unusual to hear a popping or crackling sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can happen because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or simply yawned. A tiny 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 neutralize the pressure in your ears.
It’s a natural process, but sometimes, like if you’re dealing with congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can literally get gummed up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). Medical help, like surgery, is occasionally called for in severe 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 technical term for a condition that causes people to hear noises that have no outside cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. It’s commonly described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some cases, be mild, and in others, debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
If you use hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first task. You might hear these kinds of sounds for a number of reasons: the hearing aids aren’t sitting correctly inside of your ears, the volume is too loud, your hair is rubbing against them, or your batteries are running low. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax may be the problem.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? If it’s touching your eardrum, it can actually restrict the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the buzzing or ringing. Luckily, managing earwax is usually pretty straightforward.
Reach out to us if you have strange sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids are not working correctly we can help with that.