Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing noises in your ear can all be signs of a disorder called tinnitus. Here is what you should know.
Do you ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing noises that seem to come from nowhere? In the case of someone who has hearing aids, it might mean they fitting and adjustments. For everybody else, tinnitus may be the answer.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are some of the more prevalent noises you may hear inside your ears, and what they could reveal 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. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from a change in altitude, going underwater, or simply yawning – you may hear crackling or popping sounds. These sounds are caused by a tiny part of your ear known as the eustachian tube. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to circulate and neutralize the pressure in your ears.
Sometimes, like when you’re dealing with allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an excess of mucus in your system can gum up the eustachian tubes and impede what is ordinarily an automatic process (don’t forget, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In serious cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage might require medical intervention like surgery.
What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?
Vibrations in the ear are often a telling sign of tinnitus. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the scientific term for when somebody hears abnormal noises, like vibrations, in their ears that don’t 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.
What Should I do About Sounds in my Ear
Again, if you use hearing aids, you should first check those. You may hear these kinds of sounds for a number of reasons: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t properly seated in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is rubbing up against it. If you don’t use hearing aids, accumulated earwax may be the issue.
Dull hearing, itchy ears, and ear infections can often be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus noises? If it is pushing against your eardrum, it can actually inhibit the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. The good news is, earwax problems are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have strange noises in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t functioning properly we can help with that.