Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is some relevant facts.
Do you ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping noises that seem to come from nowhere? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t properly fitted. But if you don’t use hearing aids it could be tinnitus.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are some of the more common noises you might hear inside your ears, and what they may indicate is happening.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
We can tell you this – 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 happen because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or simply yawned. A small part of your ear known as the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, permitting air and fluid to circulate and neutralize the pressure in your ears.
It’s an automatic process, but occasionally, like if you have inflammation from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually get gummed up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (remember, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical help, like surgery, is sometimes called for in severe cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Vibrations in the ear are often a telltale indication of tinnitus. Tinnitus is the technical name for a condition that causes people to hear sounds 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 hardly there to debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
Once again, if you use hearing aids, you should check those first. There may be numerous reasons that you would hear these noises: the hearing aids aren’t sitting correctly within your ears, the volume is too high, your hair is rubbing against them, or your batteries are running low. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax may be the problem.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can often be caused by too much earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and hindering its function. Luckily, dealing with earwax is frequently pretty simple.
If you’re hearing unusual sounds, give us a call. If your hearing aids are not functioning properly we can help with that.