Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be signs of a condition known as tinnitus. Here is what you should know.
Where is that crackling, ringing, or buzzing noise coming from? When it comes to someone who uses hearing aids, it might mean they fitting and adjustments. For everybody else, tinnitus may be the answer.
Although 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 instance, the ear. Here are a few of the more prevalent noises you might hear inside your ears, and what they could reveal is happening.
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. It’s not unusual to hear a crackling or popping sound when the pressure in your ear changes. This can be because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or just yawned. A small part of your ear known as the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. When these mucus lined passages open up to neutralize the air pressure, fluid, and air circulate causing these sounds to occur.
It’s an automatic process, but in some cases, like if you’re dealing with congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can literally get clogged up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). In severe cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage may call for medical treatment such as surgery.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus is experienced as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the technical name for a condition that causes people to hear noises that have no outside cause, like 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 task. You might hear these types of sounds for numerous reasons: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t properly positioned in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is brushing up against it. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax may be the issue.
It seems logical that excessive wax could make it difficult to hear and cause irritation or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax make a sound? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and impeding its function. Luckily, dealing with earwax is usually pretty simple.
If you’re hearing unusual noises, contact us. We can check your hearing aid to make certain it’s working correctly.