Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A disorder called tinnitus can bring about numerous different noises in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is what you should know.
Where is that crackling, ringing, or buzzing sound coming from? In the case of somebody who uses hearing aids, it might mean they fitting and adjustments. But if you don’t use hearing aids it might be tinnitus.
Even though we typically think of our ears with regards to 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 common noises you may hear inside your ears, and what they may reveal is going on.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for sure. It isn’t unusual to hear a crackling or popping sound when the pressure in your ear changes. This can happen because you had a change in altitude, went underwater, or simply yawned. These noises are caused by a tiny part of your ear known as the eustachian tube. When these mucus lined passages open up to equalize the air pressure, fluid, and air circulate causing these sounds to manifest.
It’s an automatic process, but occasionally, like if you have inflammation from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually 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). In serious cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage could call for medical intervention like surgery.
What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?
Vibrations in the ear are often a telltale sign of tinnitus. Technically, tinnitus is the scientific term for when somebody hears abnormal noises, such as 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 barely there to debilitating.
What Should I do About Sounds in my Ear
Again, if you have hearing aids, you should check those first. There might 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 have hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of noise, it could also be caused by excess earwax.
It makes sense that excessive wax could make it hard to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax create a sound? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and hindering its function. The good news is, earwax problems are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have unusual noises in your ears. We can examine your hearing aid to make sure it’s functioning properly.