Crackling in your ear? A disorder known as tinnitus can produce many different sounds in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, and crackling. Here is what you need to know.
Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing sound coming from? When it comes to somebody who uses hearing aids, it may mean they need to be adjusted and fitted. But if you don’t have hearing aids it might be tinnitus.
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 are some of the more prevalent noises you might hear in your ears, and what they may reveal is happening.
I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?
We can tell you one thing – it’s not Rice Krispies. It’s not unusual 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 known as the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, permitting air and fluid to move and neutralize the pressure in your ears.
Sometimes, like when you have 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 (remember, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In severe cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage may require medical treatment like surgery.
I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?
Vibrations in the ear are sometimes a telltale indication of tinnitus. Tinnitus is the medical term for a condition that causes people to hear sounds 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 I Can do?
If you have hearing aids, again, checking those is the first step. You may hear these kinds of sounds for several reasons: the hearing aids aren’t sitting correctly within your ears, the volume is too high, your hair is brushing against them, or your batteries are running low. But if you don’t have hearing aids and you’re hearing this type of sound, it might also be because of excess earwax.
Dull hearing, irritated ears, and ear infections can frequently be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus sounds? The buzzing or ringing 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 unusual noises in your ears. If your hearing aids are not working properly we can help with that.