Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition known as tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is what you need to know.
Where is that crackling, ringing, or buzzing noise coming from? In the case of someone who has hearing aids, it may mean they fitting and adjustments. For everybody else, tinnitus may be the answer.
Even though we typically 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 noises you may hear in your ears, and what they could reveal is happening.
What’s The Cause of The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from a change in altitude, going underwater, or simply yawning – you might hear crackling or popping noises. A small part of your ear called the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. 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 inflammation 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 might require medical treatment such as surgery.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the medical term for a disorder that causes people to hear noises that have no external cause, like vibrations, inside of the ear. It’s generally described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some cases, be mild, and in others, debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
If you have hearing aids, again, checking those is the first task. There may be several reasons that you would hear these sounds: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t properly 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 kind of noise, it may also be the result of accumulated earwax.
It makes sense that too much wax could make it difficult to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax create a sound? If it is pushing against your eardrum, it can actually restrict the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Luckily, managing earwax is usually pretty straightforward.
If you’re hearing unusual noises, call us. If your hearing aids are not working correctly we can help with that.