Crackling in your ear? A condition known as tinnitus can bring about numerous different noises in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is some important information.
Ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing sounds that seem to come out of nowhere? If you use hearing aids, it can mean that they require adjustment or aren’t fitted correctly. But if you don’t use 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 are a few of the more prevalent noises you might 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?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for certain. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from an altitude change, going underwater, or just yawning – you may hear crackling or popping sounds. These sounds are caused by a small part of your ear called the eustachian tube. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to move and equalize 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 actually get clogged up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In serious cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage could 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. Tinnitus is the medical term for a disorder that causes people to hear sounds that have no external 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 hardly there to debilitating.
What Should I do About Sounds in my Ear
Again, if you have hearing aids, you should check those first. You may hear these types of sounds for a number of 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. But if you don’t use hearing aids and you’re hearing this type of noise, it may also be caused by accumulated earwax.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and hindering its function. Luckily, managing earwax is frequently pretty simple.
Reach out to us if you have odd noises in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t working correctly we can help with that.