Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A disorder known as 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 sounds that seem to come from nowhere? If you use hearing aids, it can mean that they require adjustment or aren’t properly fitted. But if you don’t have hearing aids it could be tinnitus.
Although we typically 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 sounds you may hear in your ears, and what they may reveal is happening.
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 uncommon to hear a popping or crackling sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can be because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or just 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, permitting air and fluid to disperse and neutralize the pressure in your ears.
It’s a natural process, but sometimes, like if you’re dealing with inflammation 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 extreme cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage might call for medical treatment like surgery.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus is experienced 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 barely there to debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
If you have hearing aids, again, checking those is the first step. There might be several reasons that you would hear these sounds: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t properly positioned in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is rubbing up against it. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax may be the problem.
It makes sense that too much wax could make it hard to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax create a noise? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and hindering its function. Luckily, managing earwax is usually pretty straightforward.
Reach out to us if you have unusual sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids are not working correctly we can help with that.