Crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, and crackling. Here is some essential information.
Do you ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping noises that seem to come from nowhere? In the case of somebody who uses hearing aids, it may mean they need to be adjusted and fitted. For everyone else, tinnitus might be the answer.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here’s what it could mean when some of these more common noises are playing in your ears.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. It’s not unusual to hear a popping or crackling sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can be because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or simply 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 move causing these noises to manifest.
It’s an automatic process, but sometimes, like if you have inflammation from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually get clogged up from the overabundance of mucus in your system (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical assistance, like surgery, is sometimes called for in extreme cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when somebody hears abnormal sounds, such as vibrations, in their ears that don’t come from any external sources. It’s generally described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some instances, be minimal, and in others, debilitating.
Is There Anything I Can do?
Once again, if you use hearing aids, you should check those first. There might be several reasons that you would hear these noises: the hearing aids aren’t sitting correctly inside of your ears, the volume is too high, your hair is rubbing against them, or your batteries need to be charged. If you don’t have hearing aids, excessive earwax may be the problem.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can often be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? If it is touching your eardrum, it can actually restrict the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Fortunately, earwax issues are easily fixed.
Reach out to us if you have strange sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly we can help with that.