Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition known as tinnitus can bring about many different sounds in your ears including buzzing, ringing, whooshing, and crackling. Here is what you should know.
Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing noise coming from? If you use hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. For everyone else, tinnitus may 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 case, the ear. Here’s what it may mean when some of these more prevalent sounds are playing in your ears.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for certain. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from an altitude change, going underwater, or simply yawning – you may hear crackling or popping sounds. A small 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 overabundance of mucus in your system can gum up the eustachian tubes and interfere with what is normally an automatic process (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). Medical assistance, like surgery, is occasionally called for in extreme 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 telling sign of tinnitus. Technically, tinnitus is the scientific term for when someone hears unusual sounds, such as vibrations, in their ears that don’t come from any outside sources. It’s generally characterized 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
Again, if you have hearing aids, you should check those first. There may be numerous reasons that you would hear these noises: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t properly seated in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is rubbing up against it. But if you don’t use hearing aids and you’re hearing this kind of noise, it might also be the result of excess earwax.
It seems logical that too much wax could make it difficult to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax create a noise? If it’s touching your eardrum, it can actually hinder the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Luckily, managing earwax is usually pretty straightforward.
If you’re hearing unusual sounds, call us. If your hearing aids are not working correctly we can help with that.