Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A disorder called tinnitus can produce numerous different noises in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is some relevant information.
Do you ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing sounds that seem to come out of nowhere? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. But if you don’t use hearing aids it might be tinnitus.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are some of the more common sounds you may hear in your ears, and what they could indicate 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 sure. It isn’t uncommon to hear a crackling or popping sound when the pressure in your ear changes. This can happen because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or simply yawned. These sounds are caused by a tiny part of your ear called the eustachian tube. When these mucus lined passages open up to neutralize the air pressure, fluid, and air move causing these noises to manifest.
It’s an automatic process, but in some cases, 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 occasionally 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 sometimes a telling sign of tinnitus. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when someone hears unusual 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.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
If you use hearing aids, again, checking those is the first step. There may be numerous reasons that you would hear these sounds: the hearing aids aren’t sitting properly within your ears, the volume is too high, your hair is rubbing against them, or your batteries are running low. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of sound, it might also be because of excess earwax.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and impeding its function. Fortunately, dealing with earwax is frequently pretty simple.
If you’re hearing unusual noises, call us. We can examine your hearing aid to make sure it’s functioning properly.