Ear Troubles

Noisy Ears

What is it?

If you hear noises in your ear while you are chewing or talking, this is likely to be caused by long, loose hairs moving on your ear drum. Sometimes the ear canal skin flakes off in a clump and falls backward – these move around like ‘tumbleweeds’ as the persons head moves.

Occasionally, tiny pieces of sand, dirt, or gravel have found their way into the ear canal and are moving on and off the ear drum, or are scrunching together.

With our magnified view, we can quickly assess what is making the noise and gently and safely remove the cause.


Tinnitus is a name for noises that a person hears inside their head that do not come from the outside. It can be a ringing, humming, hissing or buzzing. It is very common and about 10% of adults experience it.

It is a description of a symptom but not a diagnosis. It can accompany many other conditions – sometimes the cause will never be identified.

People with hearing loss in the high frequencies (commonly a result of noise damage) often have Tinnitus. It may be heard continuously and becomes more noticeable when it is quiet.

Tinnitus is made worse by having large amounts of wax/debris the ear canals. Often people will tell us their tinnitus reduces after we cleared plugs of wax.

We recommend

TOLBECS recommends that people who have a recent onset of tinnitus contact their GP for a full health check.

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