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Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Crackling, Buzzing, “static” or whooshing sounds in your ear can all be indications of a condition called tinnitus. Here is some important facts.

Where is that crackling, buzzing, or ringing sound coming from? If you have hearing aids, it can mean that they need to be adjusted or aren’t fitted correctly. For everybody else, tinnitus might be the answer.

There’s a lot more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here are a few of the more prevalent noises you might hear inside your ears, and what they may indicate is happening.

I’m Hearing a Snap, Crackle, And Pop in my Ears But What’s The Cause?

We can tell you this – it’s not Rice Krispies. It isn’t uncommon to hear a crackling or popping sound when the pressure in your ear changes. This can be because you had a change in altitude, went underwater, or just yawned. A tiny part of your ear called the eustachian tube is the source of these noises. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to circulate and equalize the pressure in your ears.

Sometimes, such as when you’re dealing with allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, an excess of mucus in your system can gum up the eustachian tubes and interfere with what is usually an automatic process (keep in mind, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). In severe cases where decongestant sprays, chicken soup, or antibiotics don’t provide relief, a blockage could call for medical treatment such as surgery.

What Does it Mean When I Hear Vibrations in My Ear?

Sometimes tinnitus is experienced as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the technical name for a condition that causes people to hear noises that have no external cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. It’s generally described as a ringing in the ears and can, in some instances, be mild, and in others, debilitating.

What Should I do About Noises in my Ear

Again, if you use hearing aids, you should check those first. You may hear these types of sounds for a number of reasons: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t correctly seated in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is rubbing up against it. If you don’t have hearing aids, accumulated earwax might be the problem.

It seems logical that excessive wax could make it difficult to hear and cause irritation or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax cause a sound? If it is touching your eardrum, it can actually restrict the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the buzzing or ringing. Fortunately, earwax problems are easily fixed.

If you’re hearing odd noises, give us a call. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly we can help with that.

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