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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 important information.

Do you ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing sounds that seem to come out of nowhere? In the case of someone who has hearing aids, it may mean they fitting and adjustments. But if you don’t use hearing aids it may be tinnitus.

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

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

It’s not Rice Krispies that’s for sure. It isn’t unusual to hear a crackling or popping sound when the pressure in your ear changes. This can happen because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or simply yawned. 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 move causing these sounds to manifest.

It’s a natural process, but in some cases, like if you’re dealing with inflammation from allergies, a cold, or an ear infection, your eustachian tubes can literally get gummed up from an excess of mucus in your system (don’t forget, your ears, nose, and throat or all connected). Medical help, like surgery, is sometimes necessary 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 indication of tinnitus. Technically speaking, tinnitus is the medical term for when someone hears unusual sounds, such as vibrations, in their ears that don’t come from any external sources. Most individuals will refer to it as a ringing in the ears and it manifests across the spectrum, from hardly there to debilitating.

What Should I do About Sounds in my Ear

If you use hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first step. There might be numerous reasons that you would hear these sounds: 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 use hearing aids and you’re hearing this type of sound, it could also be caused by accumulated earwax.

It makes sense that too much wax could make it difficult to hear and cause itchiness or even inner ear infections, but how can earwax cause a sound? If it is pushing against your eardrum, it can actually hinder the eardrum’s ability to function, which is what causes the ringing or buzzing. Fortunately, earwax problems are easily fixed.

Reach out to us if you have unusual noises in your ears. If your hearing aids aren’t working properly we can help with that.

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