Crackling in your ear? Buzzing, crackling, “static” or whooshing noises in your ear can all be indications of a condition known as tinnitus. Here is some essential facts.
Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing sound coming from? When it comes to somebody who has hearing aids, it might mean they fitting and adjustments. For everyone else, tinnitus may be the answer.
Although we usually 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’s what it could mean when some of these more prevalent sounds are playing in your ears.
What’s The Cause of The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. It’s not 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 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 move causing these noises to manifest.
It’s an automatic 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 an excess of mucus in your system (don’t forget, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical assistance, like surgery, is occasionally necessary in severe cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.
What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?
Vibrations in the ear are sometimes a telltale sign of tinnitus. Tinnitus is the technical name for a disorder that causes people to hear noises that have no external cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. Most people will refer to it as a ringing in the ears and it manifests across the spectrum, from hardly there to debilitating.
Is There Anything That Can be Done?
If you have hearing aids, again, checking those is the first step. You may hear these kinds of sounds for numerous reasons: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t correctly positioned in your ears, the volume is too loud, or your hair is rubbing up against it. If you don’t use hearing aids, excessive earwax might be the problem.
Dull hearing, itchy ears, and ear infections can often 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 hindering its function. Luckily, managing earwax is frequently pretty simple.
Reach out to us if you have strange noises in your ears. We can check your hearing aid to make sure it’s functioning properly.