Do you ever hear funny noises inside your ear? Maybe a crackling noise, or a sudden popping. Sometimes these ear noises can be pleasant, like when your ears finally “pop” in an airplane, and sometimes they can be downright annoying. We are here to shed some light on those mysterious ear noises!

Wax Worries

Many people in America suffer the annoyance of too much earwax. If you have this problem, you know that a buildup of earwax can cause ear aches, itchiness, and decreased hearing. In some cases, too much earwax can even cause odd noises in your ear, like a ringing or buzzing noise. This is especially true if the wax if touching your eardrum, which creates pressure and changes how the eardrum vibrates. This is a form of tinnitus, and can be treated by a doctor who can remove the excess wax.

Tube Troubles

The Eustachian tube is a small passageway from your inner ear to the back of your nose, and plays an important part in the hearing process. Every time you swallow, yawn, or blow your nose, the Eustachian tube opens and allows air to pass from the middle of your ear to the back of your nose. This process equalizes the pressure in our ears, and prevents the eardrum from bulging in or out too much. If this process isn’t working properly, you are experiencing Eustachian Tube Dysfunction—something many people will experience in their lifetime. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction can be caused by large adenoids, allergies, or a cold.

This dysfunction can cause crackling or popping noises in our ears. The tube is lined with moist mucosa, and inflamed Eustachian tubes often get sticky, which causes the crackling and popping noises when the tubes are moving around. If the inflammation is serious, it can be easily treated with steroid nasal sprays.

Muscle Madness

Did you know you have several tiny muscles in your ears? One of the muscles is called the tensor tympani muscle, and serves many functions. This muscle reacts to loud, sudden sounds, and reduce the volume of these sounds to protect your inner ear from noise damage. The tensor tympani also reduces the sound of your own voice and sounds caused by chewing food, so these nearby noises don’t cause damage. A small amount of the population can actually control this muscle at will, and create a low rumbling sound in their ear—similar to the sound that is sometimes produced when you yawn deeply—by tensing the tensor tympani muscle. See if you can do it!

Thumping Away

If you’ve ever experienced a thumping sound inside your ears, you’re not alone. This thumping noise is called pulsatile tinnitus, and you may notice that the pulse matches your heart beat. There are several different causes for this thumping ear noise. Change in blood flow is the most common cause; blood flowing more quickly or more turbulently than normal can cause thumping noises. Exercise, pregnancy, and overactive thyroids can all causes these blood flow changes. Most of the time this thumping noise is normal and does not require treatment, but if it is often and bothersome, you should report it to your doctor.
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Our ears are always working, making tiny movements even when we can’t feel them. Most ear noises are harmless and don’t indicate any health issues. However, if any of these ear noises lead to pain or are distracting you from normal life, be sure to speak with a doctor about treatment!

Sources: Fauquier ENTAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryWikipediaCenter for Hearing Loss HelpMDHealth

By: Elena McPhillips

156 responses to “Ear Noises Explained

  1. Hi there, my ear has become really painful and I have not been on a aeroplane it feels like something keeps snapping inside my ear and my parents don’t care when I tell them so I came to you for help

    1. It’s an ear infection I had two at the same time and that’s what if feels like before it gets worse then it feels like a needle being jabbed in your ear after that go see your family doctor

  2. Hello I’m 14 and I had a sinus infection and a cold about a week ago and I got nasal spray and once it all cleared up my ears started ringing and making werid clicking noises when I yawn or something it is really bother some and they don’t really hurt maybe rarely a little ache I really need some help im very worried and it bothers me a lot thank you

    1. Hello! It sounds like you have an excess wax buildup. There are over-the-counter drugs or kits that can be used to soften up your ear wax and then flushed out with an ear spray. When you get a bad cold your ear tends to clog up with excess wax. So it is a good idea to make sure to clean out your ear with a kit so you dont have to worry about it getting really bad in the long run. Excessive wax buildup can cause: Ear ache, Ear infection, ringing in the ear, hearing loss, loss of balance, discomfort and more.

  3. I have a low rumbling, crackling, or kinda sounds like severely muted fireworks sound in my ear. It’s hard to describe I do not have a cold but I do feel stuffy.. no pain. I am unfortunately a smoker. not a lot but sometimes more than I should outside of none at all. Any suggestions.

    1. Hey, I have wind noises/or crackling noises in my ear drum whenever I move my head. It’s annoying. It’s not painful though…any advice?

  4. My ear is painful …when i shake my heard i feel like there is something inside but my doctor says my ear is clean after checking and he says nothing is inside just an infection..he then gave me anti biotics…i just want to know that is it possible that there could be something that went inside deeper that the doctor cant see if he he puts that thing with the light..and is it posdible that somthing can go deeper and surpas my ear drum..?

      1. This may be cause by tooth ace. I have suffered over about a week or two with jaw line pain swelling off the ears went to check it out and find out its actually was my misdom tooth and after I went for a check up and got my wisdom tooth seen to I feel much better so I am just suggesting visit the Denis perhaps? Please don’t take it like I’m insulting you thank you lol hope i can give you a good answer lol

  5. Hi, My name is Laura,i am 57. I have allergies. I have been suffering with bad Basel drip for at least 4years now. I need Basel spray to sleep,or I can’t breathe.my nose runs when I eat get over heated.now I suffer with crackling in my right ear.it sounds like static cling,n o pain. it is very frustrating and distracting to hear this noise in my ear all the time.what should I do? I have enough I suffer with now. I have Lupus, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. So I really didn’t need this weird sound in my ear now to make me feel even worse.please help!thank you laura

    1. Hello Laura. Sorry to hear that you are having ear discomfort. It doesn’t sound like hearing aids are the right solution for you. You should consult your ENT doctor about the strange sound in your ear. It sounds like it might be tinnitus.

  6. Can someone help me. I occasionally have loud beeps in both my ears what lasts no longer than 30 seconds at most! But currently getting over the flu and both my ears are rumbling it’s hard to sleep because it’s all I can hear should I be worried?

    1. Hi Lucy, Have you consulted your ENT doctor or Audiologist? You should give them a call if this continues on and get a quick check-up.

  7. My right ear makes a popping noise multiple times when I hear small scratching noises like when someone is coloring for example! What is happening? It has been like this since I was a child.

  8. I am 70 yrs old and have a constant low volume noise in my ears that sounds like crickets. I am used to it, but am curious if it is something I should be concerned.

    1. I’ve had Tinnitus for a few years and I hear a high pitched ringing in my ears, constantly. It sounds like you have a form of Tinnitus to me, if so its nothing to worry about. It can be annoying but their are no risks to your health, if it is Tinnitus its either the hairs in your ears that are damaged or your brain is just constantly creating that sound (my case), either way you have nothing to worry about besides it being annoying!

  9. I am 22 years old and have a constant low volume noise in my ears that sounds like crickets, please i need help thank you.

    1. Hi Terry, Have you gone to see an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) doctor? They will be able to take a look at your ear and see what’s going on. Best, Audicus

    1. Hi there, Have you spoken to your ENT doctor about this? If it is something that is bothering you, this would be our suggestion.

  10. I have somewhat of a thumping sound in my right ear. I would describe it as a fluttering that I can hear. Doesn’t seem to go along with a heartbeat. sometimes last a few fast tapps and other times just one tap. I have been taking sudafed in case my Eustachian tube is clogged. I have had a cough on and off for several days, just irritating cough, like an allergy cough that is getting better. No pain associated with it, just very distracting. What could be causing this? Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Molly, We cannot say what is causing this, it does sound abnormal though. If this continues to bother you, we would recommend going to an ENT doctor to check it checked out.

  11. Hello, I have both a thumping noise and a buzz in my ears. I have it all day long, it increases in the evenings and is sometimes present at night for several hours and sometimes, all night long. I thought that it was a neighbour playing bass music causing both the noise and the buzz because it was much louder in the evenings. The Police told me that I should go and have this checked out by a doctor.

  12. I have found that if you take magnesium pills the thumping will ease off and not bother you. I have no clue as to why but it worked for me.

    1. I’m 17 and have the esct same problem. I just showered, and if I move my head to different sides it literally slides inside my ear.

  13. Hi I’m 16, and I have a lot more earwax than most people, and sometimes I hear this sound of something in my ear(maybe dry earwax?). It happened again recently, so I tried getting it out, and little pieces came out, and it did get a little better, but I still hear it. When I press my outer ear, lean back(so the gravity changes), and let go, I hear it moving again. And I also feel a lot more “ear mucus(?? I don’t really know what to call it)”when I press my ear shut.

  14. My husband has suffered from tinnitus for 10 years as a result of chemotherapy treatment, he has learned to live with it. For the past few weeks he has found if he rubs a wee patch behind his left ear if causes a ringing noise in his ear which lasts about a minute or less. Do you think this is connected to his tinnitus? Thanks.

  15. For anyone who is here about a ringing in their ears… it’s called Tinnitus. There are no health risks associated with it but it can be very annoying. It’s caused be either the hairs in your ears being damaged or the wiring of your brain is slightly tweaked and it constantly emits the sound you hear, which is what happened to me after blasting music in my headphones. Go to your doctor and take a hearing test to see if its your ear hairs or your brain. Many studies have been done on treatments for Tinnitus but you will have to do your research and find what works for you. Avoid salt and loud noises, it does get better with time. Hang in there!

    1. Jacob, it sound like some of the audiolyphys (ear stones) in your ear may have become dislodged. There’s a technique known as the employ manuever that may help

  16. sir when i pressured or move my jaw i hear crackling sound crackling sound. and when i blow my nose by closing hole i feel blocked

    1. Its the same with me was trying to get some sleep all of a sudden there was this crackling sound in my right ear. It elwent away for about 30 seconds then came back after a minuite. I am so scared. And i dont know what it is

  17. Can methotrexate cause pulsatile tinnitus, like a reverberation of my ear drum? I’ve had ringing in my ear for years which I’m used to but this heartbeat sound started at the same time as taking new meds.

  18. Hello, my ears make loud cracking/popping noises every time I swallow. When I lay down, I find the pressure in my ears go up. This happened after I smoked for the first time. Does anyone know if this has to do with a problem with my eastuchian tubes? I read that it doesnit really show on traditional hearing tests. (I went to the ENT, he said my hearing is perfect after perfornming two tests and basically dismissed me)

  19. I keep hearing this thumping sound in my ear lately. I think there is a bug in my ear or something but i’m not sure if that is causing it. Does anyone have any answers?

  20. When i Here some clicking sounds especially when typing on my phone. My left ear beats, as if its connected to the keypad..

  21. I’m 24 years old and my right ear feels like it’s been clogged. I can somewhat hear for a second or two when I burp or keep on playing with it to be able to hear. It does hurt and the pain goes up to my head. When I breath i feel the air go from my nose to my ear. I can’t help but put a q tip in there cause it does itch and when I do I get like dry was out. This has been going on for 3 months and all doctors tell me different things. I did try ear drops and that made it worse. Now they prescribed me 2 types of pills and I really don’t think it’s going to work.

  22. Hi, I’m 16 and I keep hearing this thumping sound in my left ear. It mostly happens when I’m moving around. It doesn’t match my heart beat though, they are just random thumps. Does anyone know what this could be?

    1. Hi Emily. Did you ever figure this out? I have something similar. For me, the thumping slows down before it stops but definitely does NOT match my pulse.

    2. This has been happening to me for years and you’ve just described it perfectly!! It gets worse and better, and sometimes it’ll go away for a while. Like you said, it comes up when somebody is colouring, rubbing their hands together, etc etc. And it doesn’t match my heartbeat either. Very odd

  23. My right ear only occasionally creates a crackling sound. Like a fire crackling sound or static sound like from a poorly tuned dial radio. Happens when loud noises are present. Like a noisy room with lots of people. The static noise I hear will follow the precise syllables of the person I’m talking with. It drowns out their words so all I hear is static noise mimicking their speech pattern. Been to several Ent’s who cant find a thing. Please help.

  24. I’ve had ringing in my ears for 55 yrs when an explosion went off in science class. But lately I have what sounds like when a faucet is turned on, the sound of the faucet, not water trickling, just a faucet sound.. and sometimes way in the background it sounds like people talking, but the faucet sound is loud! Savannah Taylor

  25. I’ve had tinnitus for a very long time. Several days ago as soon as I get up I get a sound like shaking sand in a box as well as very strong ringing. I have degenerative arthritis in my neck. Can the neck issues be causing that new sound in the head /ears?

  26. When I hear normal everyday sounds like a door close, drop a spoon on the countertop, various things that have never bothered me in the past I hear that “low rumbling” sound in my right ear. It’s almost like the sound/feeling every person has when you hear a gunshot or a sudden short scream and the eardrum or some other internal part of the ear vibrates for just a split second. This doesn’t occur for all sounds, just sudden nearby sounds. I have no physical pain in my ear. Maybe a sensitivity of some sort? Hopefully not Hyperacusis. Any advice would be most appreciated.

    1. I have the same sensations, whenever some one who is sat to the.left of me starts talking to me, my ears crackle along with each word. TV does it sometimes also. Please can anyone help me. Thanx

  27. Hi, Roughly 8 years ago i was listening to music when I thought one of my earphones had broken and was making a static broken speaker sound. I bought a new pair and the same thing happened. I then realized it was my ear that was the problem. Whenever I hear certain sounds or sounds over a certain decibel I hear a crackling/static sound in my ear that is extremely hard to live with. I cannot listening to music in the car, through speakers or on a night out and it can even start when people are talking or whispering in my ear. It calms down after a while and constantly feels like a full sensation in my left ear. I have been to the ENT a number of times about this and after good hearing test results and no physical damage on assessment, the first doctor told me it was glue ear and prescribed nasal steroids. The second doctor recently diagnosed me with Tinnitus and told me it may never go away. However it only starts when it is triggered by an external noise source. It can sometimes be overwhelming and can lead to emotional distress on some occasions as it has been ongoing for over eight years. Apart from the feeling of fullness I have no physical pain in my ear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

  28. Days ago, an ant went inside my ear and I had the doctor to remove it. It was removed. Then after that, maybe 3-6 days later, I heard the sound of the noise the ant made when it was in my ear. I told my aunt who was the only one with me that time, she put drops of vinegar in my right ear. My parents finally came and told me maybe its because of the trauma from the events that happened. I wasn’t very bothered when I first had it tho. Then after that, the inside of my ear started hurting. Not very painful, just a bit. I started to get a phobia of tying my hair up because I could feel my ears exposed. The inside of my ear also itches sometimes, and its always nighttime whenever I lay down. I think its because of the earwax? The doctor did tell me to get some medicine for the earwax. Should I just get an earwax treatment?

  29. Two years back I started to have congestion and it will cause blocked ears are I use congestion medication and my ears will open. Lately my ears have been producing too much wax and I went to the doctor and he told me I congestion and my ears are blocked. What worries me is when I yawn it sounds like thunder and the volume of the TV becomes 5 times louder

  30. I have this strange whooshing sound in my ear, sometimes just normally but then always if I turn my head to the side. This is in my right ear and is starting to annoy me because it is always there and I’m worried that it could be some water from ages ago and will take days to come out, and I could get swimmers ear or worse. Would you please be able to tell me what this strange sound is, and shed some light on to the situation. Many thanks. Sam

  31. Hi, I had cold before getting on the flight. While flight was landing I suffered very much pain in my ears. After I get off the aeroplane pain stopped. But now almost a week passed I hear noise like open book papers in the air. I went to see a doctor he told me that I have barotroma and given some meds and one nassel spray. But still no effect. Is something damaged in my ear ??

  32. Hi, there. I’m 22 years old, and for quite some time now, years I think, I’ve experienced this awful sound in my ear. It sounds a bit like whooshing, rushing air inside of a pipe that the cap opens and closes on. I’m a singer/song writer, and I noticed that when I’m listening to music, working or singing with music, my left ear only starts making this sound, like this ‘pipe’ is opening and when the room goes quiet it closes again. It doesn’t happen all the time, and it does seem to be something that happens more with prolonged exposure to medium to high volume sounds, even sometimes my own talking can trigger it. Last I spoke with my doctor about it, she said she didn’t see anything abnormal but she prescribed me some nasal spray. Should I take nasal spray again? Also, tonight after my shower I tried rinsing my ear with hydrogen peroxide and now a few hours later, there is a sharp, pulsating kind of pain, not in rhythm with my pulse. Any advice would be great!

  33. This did NOT include the condition called “Patulous Eustachian Tube” ala P.E.T. I suffer from this physically and mentally debilitating condition. When I breathe through my nose I suffer from “autophony” where it sounds like as you breath the air is blowing through your ear. Another example is if someone took a deep breath and blew straight into your ear.

  34. Hi, I have this sound like air rushing in or out of my ear, and it’s almost always doing this. It’s really annoying. The weirdest part to me is if I open my jaw, it stops, but the second I close it, it continues. I have been dying to know what this is. It doesn’t come with any pain, just a *whoosh, whoosh* over and over again. Help!

  35. Hi there, For the past 3 weeks I have had a server ear pain which became inflamed inside the ear, also made it’s way down my jaw line eventually also went into the other ear. My hearing was very poor. I have been in alot of agony to the point I could not go to work nor sleep. I was given antibiotics, painkillers and a steroid/antibiotic spray. Into the 4th week now the pain has gone but my hearing is still muffled (almost like I’m under water) and when I move my ears or jaw I hear an odd sound , only way I can describe it is like the sound you hear when paper is scrunched up, (crumpling). I have spent a lot of time seeing my GP but haven’t had a lot of luck with them.

  36. Hi my name is Angie I recently started having crackling feeling in my left ear, I put some earwax removal with peroxide in it called debtox feels like it got worse. Iam deaf in right ear also from a removal of a acoustic neuroma on right side of head. So this scars me being that my left ear is the only one I could hear out of and now it’s crackling sounds what can I do should I go to a ent? Thanks

  37. I had a cold so I my nose was really blocked. I decided to blow my nose then when I blew it there was a sudden sound from my right ear as though air had come out from my right ear. After that there has been a ringing noise from my ear and it just wouldn’t stop.after 20 mins or so the ringing noise was replaced by a thumping sound it’s as though I can hear my own pulse.please help

  38. Hello. I’m having this annoying problem with my left ear for a few days now. Only when I swallow there is an annoying clicking noise. This morning it was painful, and currently it feels slightly clogged up. I’ve tried numerous remedies, and can’t get it to stop. Could it be wax buildup since I wear earplugs at work? Thanks in advance.

  39. Hello, I have this weird sound in my right ear. It sort of sounds like dripping water, there’s absolutely no pain what-so-ever but it’s very annoying. It literally just started yesterday, Feb 22, 2018 at the airport as I was awaiting the arrival of my pets, and now it’s with me all the time – what could this be?

  40. Hi Im 15 and I’ve had a tube in my ear since about 8-10 years old. It has always caused me trouble and pain
    The last time I got it checked last year we found out It fell behind my eardrum so I am getting Surgery soon to get it out and fix the hole. Im not supposed to put anything in my ear but it gets ichy so I’ll twist toilet paper and stick it in for maybe a minute. Last time I did it I’ve been hearing a sponge sound everytime I smile. What could be the matter? Please and thank you!

  41. My hearing is fine. My ears hurt, mostly the right one feels like something is pushing out from the inside, I’ve got vertigo twice, my ears have crackling sound and have pressure like when you fly. The area in front of my earlobes and rear of my jaw has swollen, I sleep with a CPAP and the moisture accumulates a lot at night because my nostrils become blocked when I’m sleeping. When I blow my nose my ears crackle and hurt. I have NO fever. Been to ENT 3 times and after blood work was told I have Lupus. I’ve had fibromyalgia since 2006. I really want to get better but no one knows my problem. Can you enlighten me??

  42. Hi, my ears can make clicking/crackling noise since I was 10. And I can control it at will. Is that normal? Thank u.

  43. When I yawn, swallow, and sneeze, I hear like my ear is cracking and I think I have tinnitus in my right ear and I don’t know what to do ? My family thinks it’s because I use too much earphones but I’m not deaf I can hear perfectly fine

  44. I get a noise in my ear that sounds similar to a door creaking what the heck is it!? I get it randomly and have always wondered what the heck it could be I thought it might be earwax moving but I literally never have wax in my ears and I’ve recently been to a ENT for some issues so I’ve had my ears looked at and I mentioned dry wax or a wax build up and he said I didn’t have any of that and he also mentioned my ears are really dry which is probably why they always itch so I know it’s not like a ball of dried wax or anything to do with wax so what else could it be?

  45. Hi I’ve recently had a fever and now In my right ear I can sometimes hear this sound that sounds like a balloon deflating.

  46. When ever I tighten my jaw muscle I hear this wierd spongey sound in my left ear like it trying to push out I think I have a cold but maybe it’s something wrong with my ear

  47. My right ear has this dripping sound. It does not hurt , how ever I do get sick of hearing this . It used to be only at night when I would hear this but now it is going on during the day as well , I have not been sick , but my hearing is really bad my husband will tell me I’m talking very LOUD. I have the t.v. up LOUD or so he says I do only BECAUSE IM unable to hear. What could this dripping sound be?? I keep my ears very clean , so I would not think that it could be wax . IF you would be so kind as to let me know what you think it could be. Thank you for your time. Vickie

  48. Hello. I am a 40 year old woman and I have been struggling with allergies and general inflammation which has seemed to really effect my ears. I get bouts of dizziness when lying down or leaning my head to one side or the other. This has been happening for a year now, and I have tried many strategies including removing eggs and dairy from my diet and using a netipot daily. My ears pop every time I blow my nose and crackle when i swallow or yawn. I can also hear and feel that low rumble when flexing the muscle in my ear. Is getting tube in your Eustachian tubes as an adult a viable option to help with dizziness associated with eustachian tube dysfunction? Thanks for your time in this matter.

  49. Hi, my right ear sounds like an irregular heartbeat (popping) everynight and thats the reason why i lack sleep , its very annoying

  50. I have an odd case: I have a thumping sound in my left ear which matches each syllable that someone speaks. It’s not all the time but very frequent. It’s usually higher pitches like women’s voices but men’s voices will do it too. It’s been bothering me for close to 10 years. I saw an audiologist about a year after it started and he was no help. It’s not painful but it is extremely annoying. Plugging my left ear stops the thumping.

  51. I have a lot of crackling going on in both my ears. I have a double ear infection a couple of months back and took antibiotics and steroid for it and a sinus infection. However, this crackling is driving me nuts! I tried cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and still have the crackling. Please, any suggestions are welcomed.

  52. My left ear increasing sounds like it has cellophane in it. It’s sore if I sleep on it but otherwise just mildly annoying.

  53. When I yawn and move my jaw up and down, left and right it sounds like windshield wipers going back and forth making an irritating sound.

  54. Hi im 14 and I have allergies right now in Spring. I was blowing my nose and suddenly my right ear popped,and for the rest of the day it has been popping when I swallow. I have looked up ways of treating it, like holding your nose and exhaling, but that only makes it that i cant hear and only then does swallowing clear it up. Please help! Is there any way besides going to the doctors? Will it cure on its own?

  55. Two months ago, a mentally unbalanced person slapped me in my ear. I went to the ENT and he told me that there was no damage in the eardrum. Since then, however, I hear a fluttering sound when I yawn, burp or strech, not every single time but randomly. The doctor did not seem to care about the fluttering sound, but it is not pleasant. How could the tensor muscle or the other little muscle could be affected by that slap? Anything could be done to reduce this discomfort?

    1. Probably fluid in your sinus canal behind eardrum. Should dry and go away eventually. But I’m not a doc, just a guy with ear noises.

  56. I used to hear crickets, grasshoppers before I was 16 only sometimes.Then I moved from La. to Texas and thought the first night I would lose my mind from all the singing bugs I heard. Forty years and much insanity later I realize no one else hears them.

  57. …”easily treated with steroid nasal sprays” ? Dr. gave me nasal spray for eustation tube pain, almost had to stand on my head for the spray to reach inside ear. Also spray said do mot use more than ten days. Could you please give more info on this? Thank you

  58. Hlw sir. My name is ankush and m from india. I m hearing sounds inside my ears for more than 4 years. The thing is there is just not one sounds there r like 5 of them. I can hear them from both my ears but they r diff means some sounds comes from left side they don’t come from right side. And, also these sounds don’t disturb me . So is there something wrong with me ?

  59. When falling asleep I have a loud thump noise in my ears that just started. It only happens when I’m trying to go to sleep. What is that?

  60. It sounded like water or blood rushing by with the heartbeat….now it’s a squeak or chirp mostly squeak with heartbeat…driving me crazy. Got a stephascope (so) so someone else could hear but it always goes away by the time we hook it up. Ears have been ringing for couple years….help!

  61. I have a weird vibration in my ear that occurs only when I hear deep male voices. It’s been happening for two years and I don’t know what it is.

  62. I have a crackling sound in my ear that only occurs on occasion when listening to loud music. It’s been going on for quite some time now, but again only when I listen to loud sounds. Is this ear damage or would something else be causing it? I hear fine otherwise.

  63. So I have had a thumping in my ear for a couple months. Its like my heart beat, but quicker almost. It’s really bothersome and it’s kinda loud, it distracts me in my classes, and at work, and even sometimes keeps me awake at night. I’m not sure what it is and it’s really hard to get to the doctor for me

  64. Hi My right ear makes a tick sound sometimes when I swallow something and sometimes I feel like something is moving inside my ear when I yawn. Also there is small lump behind my right ear. I dont know to explain it. Its like a small bone that is painless. It is there for a year now and have never disturbed me before but one day I was eating and my right ear was constantly making noises. It has started after that. Please do reply.

  65. Hello. I have been experiencing some pain in my ear. Every time I blow my nose makes an extremely high pitched noise in my ear. I went swimming and every time water was in my ear it hurt. I put some ear drops in it and it really hurt. I was in the shower and put my hand against it and pulled it off and it really hurt then too. But anytime I blow my nose it makes an extremely high pitched noise. Just wondering if any of y’all could help me. Thanks.

  66. Hi I’m 20 and my left ear makes crackling noises from time to time. It’s always my left ear and I don’t know what brings it on. I can hear it when I yawn or tug on it.

  67. My 6 year old was sick with a bad cold she started complying if popping in her ear . It because where I could hear it so we went back to the Dr . He referred her to a kids ENT and they said sounds like it’s TMJ however it never stops popping unless she is completely still . As soon as she moves her hand or any thing it starts popping again . Dr don’t seam to concearned however as a mom I am freaked out I should not be able to hear her ears ! What is the next step ?

  68. Hello, I’m 16 and I’m having a problem with my ear. For a few days my left ear has become really trouble some, I keep hearing thumping noises coming from within my ear and mostly happens when I turn my head. It feels as tho I have something in my ear (I know I haven’t) but I can feel the vibrations when the thumping noises occur. I haven’t had a cold recently not and never had an ear infection. I would like to know what it is and is distracting me at school, Thankyou x

  69. I have crackling sounds in my ears when I hear even moderately loud noises. I work at a boarding kennel and when the dogs bark, my ears crackle and is nearly painful. Another issue is when I roll windows up in my car, I have to fake yawn or open my mouth to relieve the inside of my ears from feeling pressure.

  70. Hello,im just cleaning my ear with cotton buds. On my left ear, when i pushed the bud slowly,i hear something weird inside my ear. And im afraid the cotton bud could get it farther and deeper in my ear. I dont know what it is. I just hear it when i poke my left ear with the bud.

  71. So a week or two ago, I did something to my ear drum in which I had temporarily hearing loss, and it felt like there was cotton in my ear, we cleaned it and still nothing. It just started to go away, but now when I yawn or do something similar, I hear a ripping noise inside of my ear, followed by a sharp pain. What could this be ?

  72. Hi… I keep hearing these rumbling sound like as if there is wind blowing in my left ear when i hear a sound or people talking. It was okay in the morning, but after school i took a nap and when i woke up i started hearing this howling sound when anyone spoke. It is really troubling please help.

  73. hi i recently got water stuck in my ear and after i got it out i have been experiencing some troubles like lots of wax, not being able to ear properly at times and everytime i pop my ear i can hear a high pitch clicking noise can anyon help me

  74. Hi. So i’ve been hearing noise in my ears since I was in High School. It’s just loud laughter of a man, and yells of a woman. I also hear banging dishes and/or glasses breaking. It stopped when I went to college. But Last night, I heard a loud splash of water in the bathroom while I was in bed, and I looked to check if there’s anyone in the bathroom ’cause i’m pretty sure I’m the only one awake in the house, and there’s really no one. I’m currently on antipsychotics and antidepression medications, so… why did the non-existent noise that I hear came back?

  75. im pretty sure i have tinnitus…that being said today while watching a movie my left ear suddenly shot the volume up ten notches. it did not hurt…my guess it was like having new ears. im 33…what could this be?..i think it has neutralized…everything sounds even now. but it was so strange. no pain associated with this.

  76. My ear drums “rattle”, especially the left (which also suffers pulsatile tinnitus) when there’s loud noise. Anyone else experience that?

  77. I had a cold after after it my left ear has been making a clicking sound when I swallow. Could this be ear wax build up ?

  78. I am 31 years old and have noticed that for weeks or months at a time over several years that I start to hear a crackling sound in both ears. This happens when I swallow or yawn. I don’t believe it to be wax because I am always cleaning my ears like every other day. Something that also occurs is when I am sleeping, depending on which side I lie on, that ear will almost leak. It isn’t much, just a drop or two of a clear very loose liquid. I am not in any pain. Just annoyed by the sound and a bit worried.

  79. I’m having an on and off hollow sound in my right ear. Hollow in the sense that sometimes when I swallow or talk my head sounds like a tin can. I have a daith piercing in this ear too (almost 2 years) and when it moves it’s the same thing, like I have a tin can by my ear that I am listening through. It has only been happening for a few weeks now, but this is the first time in my life and I want to make sure it is nothing serious, just allergy related perhaps. Any answers for me?

  80. For about a little over a week now my left ear ached just a little but now every time I talk I have this noise that sounds like the sound of an sos sound makes. Its driving me crazy . I cant get rid of it. Does anyone have any idea what it could be.?

  81. I have a clicking noise in my ears when I swallow, it started about the same time as I lost my sense of smell, is a nasal spray the answer?

  82. Hello, I am not willing to disclose my age but I am below 15, every time I swallow my right ear makes a pop noise, not like the airplane feeling, it just pops, and my left constantly has a small ache. I am too afraid to tell my parents as we don’t have a whole lot of money right now, what do I do?

  83. Hi, in both of my ears every time I yawn and swallow my spit I hear a popping noise, also some time when I lay down I hear a noise I don’t know how to explain it but it’s not a popping crackling noise or ringing , my ears somethings ring and when After I and good from being sick my ears get cleared and I hear louder, my ears had hurt below my ears and lastly this only happened twice when I would yawn my ears wouldn’t pop but it would really hurt. Thanks I know it’s a lot but I need awnsers thanks!!

  84. A couple of months ago both my ears got really bad infections. I got prescribed a low dose of steroids and it knocked it out pretty quickly, but I still hear popping in my left ear and sometimes it aches. I’m one of the people that can control their tensor tympani, and when I tense the muscle it makes my left ear pop almost every time. I’m just wondering what the popping means, if I should go to the doctor or if it will subside on its own.

  85. I hear an occasional noise in my left ear doesn’t hurt or anything just annoying at times and lack of a better description it almost sounds like pop rocks and I was wondering if it’s anything to be worried about its not constant but comes and goes

  86. Hi my name is Sunni, I’m 14 years old and since I started middle school (or maybe even earlier) I’ve noticed that at random points I hear static it low buzzing (almost as if someone’s interfering with a television cast) recently I’ve started singing and I’ve noticed that it sounds like a small heartbeat is in my ear and it happens randomly even when I’m just sitting down (it’s already done it a few times as I’m writing) should I be worried and bring it up to my mum?

  87. My ears crackle every time I swallow or yawn. I have this for a couple years now and haven’t figured out what it is. Please help!

  88. Hi my name is bec 37 years old, I have had a bad right ear for 9 weeks now been on 4 different types of antibiotics and nothing has worked I was told is I had a inner ear infection and also siniusitus but sinuisitus has been ruled out from the the ct scan as all sinus are clear. I have had a ct scan came back clear had X-ray of my teeth all clear next is a mri to check everything else. I also suffer blurry vision in the right eye also and sore neck. Been really scared I also have been suffering from headaches anyone else had this I do also now and this get high pitch sounds in right ear also

  89. Try swabbing it with Marjoram/Oregano oil – highly antiseptic, seem to work for me after I first drowned my ear in peroxide. I used drenched cotton swabs to make sure it penetrates. You can hear the bubbles peroxide creates. I walked with swabs for about 10 min. Go easy on Oregano oil, it is really strong, no drenching!

  90. Im 15 and have been suffering from a lot of headaches and it is usually accompanied by a kind of popping\squelching sound in just my right ear that occurs randomly and is not causing any ear pain. What could this be?

  91. I woke up this morning with extreme pain and it is all throughout my ear and down the right side of my throat and I took some over the counter medicine and it didn’t seem to help and now it won’t stop ringing and when someone talks to me the right ear sounds like it’s echoes. I am not sure what to do.

  92. I have a strange sensation that I dont know exactly how to explain. In the fall of 2017 I had a severe ear infection in my right ear that lasted about 2 months. I saw my primary doctor, an ENT then an Ear Specialist. The infection cleared up but I was left with tinnitus, not too awfully bad but its there. The problem that I have been left with is this: when I run my finger along my right jaw line or pull a razor across that area I hear a somewhat muffled sound in the ear that was infected. Another way to describe it is if you run your finger across a microphone the resulting “noise” in the speaker is what I hear. Something like an amplified muffled sound. I tried to explain this to the Ear Specialist and he said he didnt know what I was talking about. I’m not sure what to do about it or who to see for a solution. BTW, I had another infection a couple weeks ago but saw the doctor immediately and it cleared up with antibiotic. Also as a child I had a history of ear infections. And as an adult about 15 years ago an ENT put a tube in my ear due to severe infection. Now at the first sign of infection I see my doctor so as to not let the infection get too bad. Any ideas about the muffled sound I am experiencing?

  93. Hi! I notice my ear itching me since few days now and I observe it giving crackling noises .Thank God the itching had stopped because the ear was cleaned for me today and I was given pills to use but the crackling noise hasn’t stopped. plz what can I do to stop it

  94. Why do I get a thumping noise in my ear when I sleep on my side? It’s in my left ear and I only here it when I am sleeping on my right ear side. Been going on for years.
    I can never sleep on my right side because it’s so annoying. Please help.

  95. Hi, I have been sick the past day or so and I woke up with ear pain in the middle of the night I was looking it up and it says I could have a bug in my ear. Is the crackling sound I hear from my cold, allergies, or a bug. Thanks!
    (also it stopped when I popped my ears or tilted my head)

  96. Hi,
    I recently noticed some light clicking noises, almost like there are tiny bubbles in my right ear, but it’s only in response to sound. I actually thought I had blown a speaker in my car 😉
    I had minor pain the other evening but did not last thankfully. It’s more of an annoyance, and I hope it isn’t something that will get worse.

  97. hello, i am 13 years old, for many years of my life i have been able to make my ears make a clicking sound and i have full control of it, nobody else can hear it but me and i dont need to breath or swallow or anything, i just think about it and it happens, fully controllable. any ideas?

  98. Hello, I’m 16 years old and I get this cracking sound in my ears every time I swallow. I went to a doctor and they told me I didn’t have anything. I kept going and insisting that I had something but they told me to go back in 12 months, I said, “no”, that I couldn’t wait so they put a camera thru my nose and checked my ears and nothing. . . There was nothing, they said. This cracking sound seems to appear in cold weather only. I’m really scared and my parents just get mad every time I tell them about this. Can you help me please?

  99. Good Evening, My name is Scott and I’m 56 years old. I work in the medical field and have done so for over 30 years. 15 years ago I contracted an ear infection that, as I was told, never has occurred before. I had various medications given to me to eradicate the infection without success. Surgery was my only recourse and after doing so, they found that I had a ‘Mycetoma’ infection in my inner ear. The infection destroyed much of my inner ear structure and was told by the surgeon of 45 years, that it was the worst destruction he had ever seen. The Incus bone was destroyed, as was the ear drum. I lost my hearing in that ear and had subsequent massive tinnitus issues. I decided the only way to decrease the tinnitus was to recover whatever hearing I might be able to get by having a another surgery to reattach the bones used in the hearing process. My ear drum was rebuilt and a new Incus bone, made from titanium, was installed. The surgery was a success as I did recover some hearing and with the aid of an hearing aid, more was recovered. This did reduce the volume of tinnitus which made my life much easier. The past few years, I’ve started having yet another issue, I describe it as a sound some what like, static electricity. When I feel like I hear it, I also, at times, get the feeling of motion when I am not moving. I’ve mentioned this to a few ENT Doctors but they haven’t had much for suggestions and I’m not sure if this is something that I just need to live with or if there’s something that can be done. I haven’t been able to find anyone that has had any similar symptoms and such no advice. Any guidance or suggestions would be appreciated! Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

  100. My Granny aged 75, she hears odd noises like train sounds and all other noises continuously, do we have any solution to this problem ?

  101. Hi I keep on blowing my nose throughout the year 24/7 and it has caused my ear to feel pain and itchy. My ears always itch in the middle of my sleep which dusturbs my sleep. Can I have a solution for this?

  102. For last few weeks I have high pitch sound that is mostly noticed when there is silence. Also most time, I hear clicking when swallowing. Anyone experinced this and know what could be the issue?

  103. I hear popping noises in my ear a lot. Not like when you’re on an Airplane. They’re lower in pitch. Also I feel like I constantly have something blocking my ear. I’ve noticed hearing loss in both ears

  104. Last night my right ear crackled . It felt similar to when the air finally releases from my ears during a planes decend. But after that feeling I tilted my head to the right and I felt something almost thump? Or like move. I played with it for a bit going left to right but now it’s annoying and I’ve already cleaned my ears.

  105. I’m getting a high pitched ringing noise (mainly in my right ear?) but only when I yawn. Never noticed this before. What could it be? Thank you in advance & I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! 🙂

  106. Since 3 months, I have been hearing bumping sound in my left ear whenever I jump (slightly) or shake my head up and down. It feels as if there’s something bouncing inside my ear causing the noise. It happened out of nowhere one day after I woke up about 3 months ago. I went to see an ENT who said that there’s nothing inside and there’s no earwax buildup. So he gave me some medicine after all but they didn’t help.

    About 2 months ago, I went scuba diving and had an episode of alternobaric vertigo. At least that what my current ENT who is also specialized in diving accidents determined. He believed that it was caused by my allergies. Since the diving accident, I started to having rinning sounds in addition to the bumping sound whenever I shake my head. My doctor gave me medicine to help with the ringing but did not know what the bumping sound was about.

    Since one week, the ringing got louder (while still having the bumping sound when I shake my head). It’s starting to be really annoying… Does anyone know what I am having as condition??
    Thanks

  107. Hello! For about 5 days now I have had this flutter in my right ear. It is not a clinking, ringing or buzzing noise. It sounds like sound waves or vibrations. It happens when I talk, chew or talk on the phone. Sometimes it just happens. Do you have any idea what this could be?

  108. I have a crackling noise in my right ear almost every night only when im trying to go to sleep, its like tiny little popping or crackling noise, only last for a couple of minutes then goes away, very strange. anyone know what this is and why it happens?

  109. Hello my name is Josh and I am 20 years old a couple months ago I got tinnitus out of the blue, no hearing loss or anything, and then recently in the last couple days I developed this click in my ear that only occurs whenever I swallow. Any thoughts as to what may be the cause?

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