CRACKLING IN EAR
Crackling in the ears can be annoying and sometimes alarming. Although it is usually harmless, people with frequent or severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
COMMON CAUSES OF CRACKLING IN EARS
Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder – A TMJ disorder may be why you have stiffness or limited jaw movement. More commonly associated with pain and headaches as common symptoms, milder ones include hearing a crackling sound in your ears when opening or closing your mouth. Luckily there are medications that can help control some TMJ symptoms to avoid more severe complications from becoming worse.
Impacted Earwax – If you find yourself with impacted earwax, there are times when it cannot be flushed out and may need to be removed. If an audiologist determines that your hearing is being affected or if the problem simply won’t go away after regular attempts at cleaning, then a surgical procedure may help relieve the pressure in your ear canal and remove most of the buildup.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction – The tube that connects the middle ear to the throat can sometimes become blocked or function improperly, leading to pressure buildup in the ears (known as “air trapping”). This may be due to an allergy, cold, sinusitis, or other infection. If you notice any fullness in your ears or if they “pop” it could be a sign of ETD.
DIAGNOSING CRACKLING IN EAR
BEST AUDIOLOGISTS - SPRINGFIELD PA
You’re never too old to have a problem with your ears, even if you’ve been hearing them pop and crack for years. In fact, just like the rest of our body parts, they deteriorate as we age. But don’t worry because there are treatments available no matter what is going on in or around your ear canal.
Crackling in the ear can be triggered by many factors – from infection to injury. If you hear those crackling sounds, it may mean that there is fluid buildup in your body. These sound waves can come from either inside or outside of the ear canal and an X-ray will help hearing healthcare professionals determine which side needs treatment.
If you are in Springfield, PA and are dealing with crackling in ear or other ear issues, call us to be connected with an expert audiologist!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The ear has many functions and can be affected by a variety of conditions, such as the eustachian tube dysfunction. Changes in pressure, acute otitis media or an accumulation of wax may cause crackling sounds to occur.
If you experience frequent or severe crackling sounds in your ears, talk to your doctor about treatment options that may help resolve these issues before they become more serious.
Frequent crackling in the ear may signify many different things – infections, tumors near one’s eardrums (the middle part), drying out from lack of moisture, etc.
There’s a reason why there are so many stories about people who hear strange sounds coming from within their ears. When our ears accumulate too much wax, they become blocked and prevent sound waves from entering the canal; this in turn causes weird popping or crackling in the ear.
If you’re not sure what your problem is but things seem really off – then go see an audiologist for some help right away before it gets worse. PA Center for Hearing and Balance can help look into what’s going on in your ears and give you a thorough check-up and diagnosis.