Hey I get this too. Does it sound like a bad speaker connection? Or a crackling sound? I am wondering if you ever found out what this was. I am told it could be caused by muscle spasms in your ear. Let me know if you found any answers!
I just started getting this static sound in my left ear. It sounds like you said, a bad speaker connection. It doesnt really bother or annoy me, but just concerned. It doesnt do it when it is quiet or during normal conversation, but seems to do it when i hear the sound of the AC blowing air, when i am in the restroom and it is kind of echoey. I can usually plug my ear, or gently slap my ear and it goes away for a while.
Can this be a symptom before swimmers ear occurs? Saturday i was swimming in a friends pool and did swim to the bottom of the 8' section a couple times. I seemed to start noticing it on Monday. i dont have any headaches, dizziness, pain or anything else. Just a low static crackling sound. Any help would be great.
Hi there people. i'm cindy, i get that. static in one ear. in my case it is coming from tmj or my neck. had it for years... i dont think its cause for concern, but i dont know i'm not a doc.just Annoying to ear that, hope that helps. love cindy
I have it too.. my left ear sounds like a radio and i hear a faint static noise. I read about tinnitus - could be that. see your ENT doc, it could be a wax build up or range of other things. Personally, if concentrate on that static noise, i can hear the heartbeat, which makes me believe that one of the veins in the ear area is somewhat inflamed, i also have throat infection and mild cough.
Sounds like tinnitus for sure. I have been diagnosed with it. Bad news. It doesn't ever go away. Some days will be worse than others and then you will learn to ignore it. Your brain begins to compensate and you just tune it out. Read about tinnitus and get educated on it. It helps to know all you can.
Im wondering what it is myself. Ive gotten it at church before and it crackles with every word the preacher says and the whole time the music is going. Very annoying. Seems to be my left ear only. Not all the time. Just occasional. I cant have the radio on when it is happening unless I am singing then it isnt there.
Problem with Left Ear Static Similar to Bad Speaker Connection
Hey There Everyone;
I am sooooo very glad to have found this forum and to know that I am NOT the only one with this static like, malfunctioning speaker connection sound in my left ear. It only happens when I am singing my little heart out. All of a sudden my left ear doesn't seem to want to work and it feels like someone disconnected a speaker, and it really disrupts my singing... I have seen an Ear Specialist and he doesn not have an answer for me as he says he has never heard of the symptoms like I have... So much for that... Being a musician, it is truly difficult to have this intermittent problem....I was really hoping someone might know of why this happens... Thank you all so much for listening in....
I have the same broken speaker sound on my left ear. Some things I have noticed... I use my mobile phone on the left ear, and I make lots of calls every day. Maybe over exposure to specific sound levels. I went to my ENT and an Audiologist and all the tests came out great. The ENT said that maybe the muscles were fatigued and the ear drum could not work properly. But no solutions I too love to play guitar and sing and it is very annoying.
I have started a vegetarian diet a few months ago and the noise has kind of gone away, but not sure if it is because of that.
Lets see if we can find a solution as a community...
It is nice to hear other people have these strange problems. I get the crackle also when i sing or get in heated discussions with people. I have probably spent too much time in front of big speakers at bass heavy concerts so im wondering if this is part of it? Also everyone seems to say left ear, it is also my left ear..Also for all the reading I have done here, this condition is not tinnitus as that seems to be hearing strange sounds when there are no sounds. This never happens, even with very loud music, from external sounds, only when i talk or sing to loudly, very annoying and it seems no one can give any solutions...
I too have the "static" sound in my left ear. I went to my Family Doctor and my left ear showed nothing, but my right ear showed "congestion". Currently being treated for inner ear. Not helping. It's doing it alot. I am going to my ENT Doctor in a few days. I hope he can help. I will come back and let you know what or if I find out anything. As I am typing this, my ear are doing the "static" things. It's driving me nuts.
I too get this static in my ear, I've had it in my left ear but mostly in my right. This only happened when I heard loud music but lately it's been happening if someone I'm talking to on the phone is really loud (I put my phone on the right side) and now it's also happening when my son is really loud. I don't know what it is. I had many ear infections as a child and had two surgerys to get my hearing back. I do know that it is not tinnitus as some people have said because I suffer from that as well and that is completely different (soft to loud ringing in both ears when ever it is quite). If I find anything out I'll be sure to post it now that I know I'm not the only one who suffers form this.
I too am a singer and experiencing the static problem only in my L ear. When my pastor speaks loud or when the music is or when I'm singing sometimes it does. It drives me crazy. I do have TMJ and problems with my paroid gland. I have been to every dr. it seems. I do wear a night guard but I still have this problem. Any solutions" I will try anything at this point!!! So glad I found this site but, I don't see any replies.
I get static radio sounds in my left ear and at the same time my right ear will develop a high pitched ringing to it. This has happened to me three times. This phenomena is so intense that I have to stop what I'm doing and let it die out. I remember on one occasion I was having a conversation with a couple of my buddies and in mid-sentence I just went blank for a good 10 seconds. Meanwhile my friends probably thought I had seen a ghost haha. Anyways I don't know why this occurs. It never occurs because of loud environments only quiet areas. I'm glad I'm not the only one!
Glad i read this too!! Exactly the same symptoms as you giys are saying, unbearable when i go to a football match, intermittent too, i went to see my doctor she says it could be ' acoustic neuroma' a 'benign' tumour growin slowin my ear, currently waiting for appointment to go to hospital for more tests!!
So four weeks ago I was watching TV and my right ear sounded like a broken speaker and crackling sound. It doesn't hurt or anything just very annoying. I have found that it is worse in the morning and brought on by the radio, tv, and water running. As soon as these noises stop, so does the crackling sound. I also sometimes get the static noise if I exhale out of my nose forcefully. I have found however if I am exposed to one of those sounds that trigger it for a prolonged period of time that the static sound gradually reduces such as when I am in the shower.
It is April and my first thought was allergies because I have had some congestion when I wake up in the mornings. I went to my GP doctor and he said my ear looked perfect and then sent me to an ENT who said the exact same thing. They then put me through audio tests and my hearing was perfect in both ears. He was sure it was a closed eustachian tube and put me on Flonase for two weeks. It has been one week now and I still don't see a lot of improvements however some days its better than others.
I really hope it goes away because its frustrating having this static sound when I am trying to listen to music or watch tv. Lets keep this forum open and share any new observations/cures people find!
I have this exact same problem...I am glad I am not alone but there seems to be no help within the medical community. My static sound was induced by high-pitched noise and was very loud and annoying. I could get it to go away for a bit by pumping my hand against my ear (something to do with pressure, I would imagine). Anyway, the doctor said I was having middle ear muscle spasms, so I had surgery to cut the muscle. After the surgery, the noise has dampened to a tolerable level MOST of the time. Sometimes, when the pressure outside changes at all or for no reason, my ear will pulse and the extremely loud static sound will come back in waves (intensifying with sound exposure).
It is truly horrible. Now, years later, I am afraid that my right ear is going through the same thing...I have noise sensitivity on that side accompanied my a knocking sound after I yawn. However, I cannot remember if these were early symptoms of this problem, what were your early symptoms?
My problem is much like Weston's. It started about a month ago in my right ear. Static, crackling, rattling sound. No pain, just very annoying. Mine too is worse in the morning when I first get up. Running water triggers mine but oddly enough it subsides while taking a shower. Loud voices trigger it and my own voice does at times. I first went to my GP doc. He said the ear looked a little gray inside and put me on an antibiotic for 2 weeks and an antihistamine nasal spray and a decongestant. That didn't help. He sent me to an ENT. She said the ear looked fine and her final word was that she just didn't know. She said I could try a steroid but she only gave that a 10% chance of helping. So, I've been on Prednisone for 7 days now and it hasn't helped yet. I'll take it for 5 more days. I have an appointment with another ENT next month. I have tried ear plugs. That doesn't help much but I can press my outer ear, I think it's called the "tragus" and it stops, even for a few seconds after releasing the pressure. (Like holding your ear for a sudden blast). But, I hope I don't have to spend the rest of my life with my finger to my ear. I'm glad I found this forum and would appreciate knowing what anyone finds out. Thanks
Hi all. I have the same problem. Started in my left ear, now occurs in both. I notice it when there is a lot of ambient noise, like driving in the car at highway speed. It definitely depends on the noise level since if I turn up the radio so I can hear it over the road noise it gets worse. When riding the motorcycle at highway speed its almost constant, although some days are worse than others.
I first noticed it about 5 or 10 years ago and its been getting progressively worse. One of these days I guess I'll go the doctor for it
About it being mostly in the left ear - I used to work with a guy who had a lot of experience in audio perception studies. At one point he mentioned that most of the adult population has significantly reduced hearing in the left ear caused by driving with the window open. I wonder if this is somehow related.
I'm so glad I found this board. It's so crazy! I've been having this same static sound in my left ear only for probably the past few years (I'm 24 now). It only happens about every other month and lasts for a few hours mostly occurring when I talk or someone speaks loudly.
I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem linked with migraines or dizziness. I'm also experiencing several sever migraines and I'm trying to see if the problems are related.
I don't think this is a result of phone or stereo usage like other posters have suggested. I use my right ear for all of these things. I did have a severe case of swimmer's ear when I was a child (though for the life of me I can't find a record of which ear it was in)
I am a (lead) singer and I've been experiencing the crackling, to a slight degree, on and off, in the right ear only, for about the last year. It started about 8 years ago with the occasional feeling of sound being slightly muted out, in the right ear, one night while I was singing, very strongly, acoustically. It was a little bit like that inner ear air pressure sound-dampening thing that you often feel when flying. And this same occurence, to a slightly higher or lesser degree, has appeared since then, at times when I've been heavily stressed/fatigued. (But only when singing). Then, right about a year ago, I was singing strong, and that crackling appeared, some minutes later, as well. Haven't seen a pro, but my instinct is that it would be about the eustacionary tube being strained/stressed. I do notice that the better rested I am, the less likely I am to experience this. For sure, I do notice that when I am very well-rested, it does not occur at all. Not that muting sensation. Nor the crackling.