Crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can produce many different noises in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, and crackling. Here is some important facts.
Ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping sounds that seem to come out of nowhere? In the case of someone who has hearing aids, it might mean they fitting and adjustments. But if you don’t have hearing aids it might 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 instance, the ear. Here’s what it could mean when some of these more common 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. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from a change in altitude, going underwater, or just yawning – you might hear crackling or popping sounds. A tiny part of your ear called the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. When these mucus lined passages open up to neutralize the air pressure, fluid, and air move causing these sounds to manifest.
Occasionally, like when you have allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an excess of mucus in your system can clog up the eustachian tubes and interfere with what is normally an automatic process (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). In serious cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage may require medical intervention such as surgery.
What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?
Sometimes tinnitus is experienced as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the medical term for a condition that causes people to hear sounds that have no outside cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. Most people 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, once again, checking those is the first step. You might hear these kinds of sounds for numerous reasons: your batteries need to be recharged, 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 may be the problem.
It makes sense that excessive wax could make it difficult to hear and cause irritation or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax cause a noise? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and hindering its function. Fortunately, dealing with earwax is frequently pretty simple.
If you’re hearing odd sounds, contact us. We can check your hearing aid to make sure it’s working properly.