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Are you hearing crackling in your ear? A condition called tinnitus can bring about many different sounds in your ears including whooshing, buzzing, ringing, and crackling. Here is what you need to know.

Ever hear crackling, thumping, and buzzing sounds that seem to come out of nowhere? In the case of somebody who has hearing aids, it may mean they need to be adjusted and fitted. But if you don’t have hearing aids it may be tinnitus.

Even though we usually think of our ears with regards to 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 common sounds you might hear inside your ears, and what they may indicate is happening.

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

We can tell you this – it’s not Rice Krispies. It’s not uncommon to hear a popping or crackling sound when there’s a change in pressure in your ear. This can happen because you had an altitude change, went underwater, or just yawned. These noises are caused by a small part of your ear called the eustachian tube. The crackling is caused by mucus-lined passageways opening up, allowing air and fluid to move and neutralize the pressure in your ears.

It’s a natural process, but in some cases, like if you have 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 help, like surgery, is occasionally necessary in severe cases where nothing else has helped clear the blockage.

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

Sometimes tinnitus manifests as a vibration in the ears. Technically, tinnitus is the medical term for when somebody hears abnormal sounds, like vibrations, in their ears that don’t come from any outside sources. Most people will refer to it as a ringing in the ears and it manifests across the spectrum, from barely there to debilitating.

Is There Anything I Can do?

If you use hearing aids, once again, checking those is the first step. There may be a number of reasons that you would hear these sounds: your batteries are running low, the hearing aids aren’t properly positioned in your ears, the volume is too high, or your hair is rubbing up against it. If you don’t use hearing aids, excessive earwax might be the problem.

Dull hearing, itchy ears, and ear infections can often be caused by excessive earwax but how could it be responsible for tinnitus noises? The buzzing or ringing can be caused by earwax pushing against your eardrum and impeding its function. Fortunately, managing earwax is frequently pretty simple.

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

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