Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can bring about numerous different noises in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, 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 require adjustment or aren’t properly fitted. For everyone else, tinnitus might be the answer.
There’s a lot more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are a few of the more prevalent sounds you might hear inside your ears, and what they may indicate is going on.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for certain. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from a change in altitude, going underwater, or simply yawning – you might hear crackling or popping sounds. These noises are caused by a small part of your ear called the eustachian tube. When these mucus lined passages open up to equalize the air pressure, fluid, and air move causing these sounds to manifest.
It’s an automatic 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). In severe cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage could require medical treatment such as surgery.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the medical term for a disorder that causes people to hear noises that have no external cause, like vibrations, inside of the ear. Most individuals will refer to it as a ringing in the ears and it manifests across the spectrum, from barely there to debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
If you use hearing aids, again, checking those is the first step. There may be a number of reasons that you would hear these sounds: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t correctly positioned in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is brushing up against it. If you don’t have hearing aids, excessive 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? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and impeding its function. The good thing is, earwax issues are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have strange sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly we can help with that.