Crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing noises in your ear can all be signs of a disorder known as tinnitus. Here is some important information.
Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing sound coming from? If you use hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. For everybody else, tinnitus may be the answer.
Even though we mostly think of our ears in terms of what we see on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye – or in this case, the ear. Here are some of the more prevalent sounds you might hear in your ears, and what they may reveal 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 unusual 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 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 move and neutralize the pressure in your ears.
It’s a natural process, but sometimes, like if you have congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can literally get clogged up from an excess of mucus in your system (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). Medical assistance, like surgery, is occasionally called for in extreme 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 sometimes a telltale indication of tinnitus. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when somebody hears abnormal sounds, like vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any external sources. 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 use hearing aids, you should first check those. You might hear these kinds of sounds for a number of reasons: the hearing aids aren’t sitting properly inside of your ears, the volume is too loud, your hair is brushing against them, or your batteries need to be charged. If you don’t have hearing aids, excessive earwax might 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 sounds? If it is pushing against your eardrum, it can actually hinder the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Luckily, dealing with earwax is usually pretty straightforward.
Reach out to us if you have strange noises in your ears. We can check your hearing aid to make sure it’s working properly.