Crackling in your ear? Buzzing, crackling, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be signs of a condition called tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.
Ever hear crackling, buzzing, or thumping sounds that seem to come from nowhere? If you use hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. But if you don’t have hearing aids it might be tinnitus.
There’s much more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are a few of the more common sounds you might hear inside your ears, and what they could indicate is happening.
What’s The Cause of The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for sure. 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 a change in altitude, went underwater, or simply yawned. A small 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 circulate causing these sounds to occur.
It’s an automatic process, but sometimes, like if you have congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually get clogged up from an excess of mucus in your system (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical assistance, 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?
Vibrations in the ear are sometimes a telling indication of tinnitus. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the scientific term for when somebody hears unusual noises, such as vibrations, in their ears that do not come from any external sources. Most people 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
If you have hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first task. There might be several reasons that you would hear these noises: the hearing aids aren’t sitting correctly within your ears, the volume is too loud, your hair is rubbing against them, or your batteries are running low. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this type of noise, it might also be the result of 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 cause a noise? The ringing or buzzing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and impeding its function. Luckily, dealing with earwax is frequently pretty straightforward.
Reach out to us if you have strange noises in your ears. We can check your hearing aid to make certain it’s functioning correctly.