Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can produce many different noises in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, and crackling. Here is what you need to know.
Where is that crackling, ringing, or buzzing sound coming from? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they require adjustment or aren’t fitted correctly. For everybody else, tinnitus might be the answer.
Although we mostly think of our ears in terms of what we see on the outside, there’s more than meets the eye – or in this instance, the ear. Here’s what it may mean when some of these more common sounds are playing in your ears.
What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for sure. It’s not uncommon to hear a crackling or popping sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can be because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or just yawned. A tiny part of your ear known as the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. When these mucus lined passages open up to equalize the air pressure, fluid, and air circulate causing these noises to manifest.
Sometimes, such as when you’re dealing with allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an excess of mucus in your system can clog up the eustachian tubes and interfere with what is normally an automatic process (don’t forget, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In serious cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage could require medical treatment like surgery.
What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?
Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when someone hears abnormal noises, such as vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any outside sources. It’s typically described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some cases, be minimal, and in others, debilitating.
What Should I do About Noises in my Ear
If you have hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first step. You might hear these kinds of sounds for numerous reasons: the hearing aids aren’t sitting properly within your ears, the volume is too loud, your hair is brushing against them, or your batteries need to be charged. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax might be the problem.
It seems logical that excessive wax could make it difficult to hear and cause irritation or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax cause a sound? If it is touching your eardrum, it can actually inhibit the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Fortunately, managing earwax is frequently pretty simple.
If you’re hearing unusual noises, contact us. If your hearing aids aren’t working correctly we can help with that.