Crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be indications of a condition called tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.
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 properly fitted. But if you don’t use hearing aids it may be tinnitus.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are a few of the more common sounds you may hear in your ears, and what they may indicate is going on.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. 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 just yawned. A tiny part of your ear called 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 a natural process, but occasionally, 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 (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In extreme 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?
Vibrations in the ear are sometimes a telltale indication of tinnitus. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the scientific term for when somebody hears unusual sounds, like vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any external sources. 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
Again, if you have hearing aids, you should check those first. You might hear these types of sounds for numerous reasons: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t correctly seated in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is brushing up against it. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this type of sound, it may also be the result of excess earwax.
It makes sense that excessive wax could make it hard to hear and cause irritation or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax make a noise? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and impeding its function. Fortunately, earwax issues are easily fixed.
If you’re hearing odd noises, contact us. If your hearing aids aren’t working correctly we can help with that.