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Are you hearing crackling in your ear? Buzzing, crackling, “static” or whooshing noises in your ear can all be signs of a disorder called tinnitus. Here is some essential information.

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 properly fitted. For everybody else, tinnitus might be the answer.

There’s a lot more to the ear than what you see on the outside. Here’s what it may mean when some of these more common noises are playing in your ears.

What’s Causing The Snap, Crackle, And Pop in My Ear?

It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for certain. When the pressure in your ears changes – whether from an altitude change, going underwater, or just yawning – you may hear crackling or popping noises. These noises are caused by a small part of your ear known as the eustachian tube. 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 in some cases, like if you’re dealing with congestion from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can actually get gummed up from an excess of mucus in your system (don’t forget, that there’s a connection between your ears, throat, and nose). Medical assistance, like surgery, is sometimes necessary in severe cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.

I’m Hearing Vibration in my Ears – What Does That Mean?

Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Tinnitus is the medical term for a disorder that causes people to hear noises that have no outside cause, such as vibrations, inside of the ear. It’s commonly characterized 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. 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 brushing up against it. If you don’t use hearing aids, excessive earwax might be the issue.

It makes sense that too much wax could make it hard to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax create a noise? If it’s pushing against your eardrum, it can actually hinder the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the buzzing or ringing. Luckily, dealing with earwax is usually pretty straightforward.

Reach out to us if you have odd sounds in your ears. We can examine your hearing aid to make sure it’s working correctly.

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