Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is some important facts.
Do you ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing noises that seem to come out of nowhere? When it comes to somebody who has hearing aids, it may mean they need to be adjusted and fitted. For everybody else, tinnitus might be the answer.
There’s a lot more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here’s what it may mean when some of these more common noises 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 isn’t 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 simply yawned. A small part of your ear named the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to disperse and equalize the pressure in your ears.
It’s a natural process, but occasionally, like if you have congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually 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). Medical help, like surgery, is occasionally called for in severe cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Sometimes tinnitus is experienced as a vibration in the ears. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the medical term for when someone hears abnormal sounds, such as vibrations, in their ears that don’t 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.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
If you have hearing aids, again, checking those is the first task. You may hear these kinds of sounds for a number of reasons: your batteries need to be recharged, the hearing aids aren’t correctly positioned in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is brushing up against it. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of sound, it may also be caused by excess earwax.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus noises? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax touching your eardrum and impeding its function. Luckily, managing earwax is frequently pretty straightforward.
Reach out to us if you have odd sounds in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly we can help with that.