Joe Kirst, N.P.
Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
Speaking of HealthAs the world turnsDecember 24, 2015
Crickets, crickets, crickets.
I hear them all the time, even in the winter. I hear them more in my left ear than my right. At times they are loud — really loud. I have tinnitus.
I’m not alone, as nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus or head noises. The sound (or sounds) may be intermittent in nature or annoyingly continuous in one or both ears. Mine is continuous, and yes, at times, downright annoying. It is especially annoying when I’m enjoying one of my favorite pastimes — bow hunting. One thing I treasure about this sport is its solitude and quiet. Unfortunately, over the past number of years (I can’t remember when the tinnitus started), I have to put up with the high-pitched sounds of those crickets.
Many people wonder what causes tinnitus. Experts believe it comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear. The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing, and injury to them brings on hearing loss and often, tinnitus. In most cases, there is no specific treatment for ear or head noise, but it is important that if you start experiencing these noises, you have yourself checked out by a qualified audiologist and an ear, nose and throat specialist. They can rule out any worrisome problem and provide guidance to lessen the severity of tinnitus.
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Stell Eugenia Gonzalo Monday, July 23, 2018
I have been with a respiratory infection for like 9 weeks, mostly nasal, can't hardly sleep. It was very quiet, dozed off for no more than 15 minutes, I wake up suddenly to the cricket sound, it drove me crazy looking everywhere where the noise was coming from and I noticed it followed me every room I went in. I thought I was going crazy or having hallucinations, but the meds I'm taking are all the same I take everyday. Then I started researching and that's when I found the article from the Mayo Clinic, but it's so weird I can't tell whether is one ear or both. I just wish I could get it to not be so loud. At least I know I'm not crazy yet.
Tonia Lighhtner Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I have heard crickets for as long as I can remember. I seriously can't tell you when I haven't heard them. I am now 48 and can't say if it's in my head or ears, all I know is its Crickets Crickets and Crickets 24/7. I can be watching tv or trying to sleep it's always there.
Deb Hamlen Saturday, December 02, 2017
My crickets were mild, then started taking blood thinners and oh, wow they are super loud. Mostly in left ear and worse with a cold! They drive me nuts!
Toni Saturday, December 02, 2017
Recently, I have been hearing crickets in my head when I wake up in the morning or from a short nap. It lasts a few minutes and gradually goes away.
Jenny Holt Friday, August 25, 2017
I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences with the cricket noises in their ears. I thought I was alone with this....just glad to know I`m not losing my mind about this.
Laura Strickland Monday, May 29, 2017
I hear crickets in my head but it doesn't bother me. The only thing I find is that when there is a lot of noise going on that I can't seperate it. It just becomes this, this noise. Not as tolerant to a lot of different noises any more. Having the radio, people talking, dinner being made, dogs barking becomes too much. So when I hear the crickets it's like hearing the sound of quiet. I quite enjoy it.
Anand Mahajan Tuesday, December 06, 2016
If one is practising Yoga/Meditation/Pranayam one may hear such sounds but it's a good omen as it suggests advancement in spirituality. In Hindu scriptures this is called anhad naad. Please note this is only for people practsising yoga / meditation / Pranayam.
Anand Mahajan Tuesday, November 22, 2016
If you are not afflicted with Tinnitus or of the ilk and you are practising Yoga & meditation then it's a good omen as it suggests you are climbing up the ladder of spirituality.
Mustak Monday, November 21, 2016
I am also hearing cricket sounds in my right ear 24/7/365, but face this problem mostly at quiet places or night time. At noisy places or day time cant hear the same, may be eliminated in other sounds/noise. I also consulted specialist, he said that it may be due to sinus allergies, or due to vein dryness. can you tell me that it may happen due to damaged(or small holed) eardrum?
CAROLE Thursday, November 10, 2016
OMG!!! I am much happier now knowing that the clicking noise is a medical problem and NOT because there is a bug caught in my eardrum. It has been driving me nuts the last couple of nights because that's when I hear it the most...I thought a cricket crawled in there while I was laying down. Guess it's time to see an ENT!!
Angela Monday, October 10, 2016
My son in law was diagnosed with allergies and then about 2 to 3 weeks later Hears sounds of crickets in his ear could this be a sign of sinus allergies
Victoria Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Thank you for your story. I'm hearing crickets in both ears. I thought I was experiencing the noise of molecules hitting against the membranes in my ears. It's very annoying so I went to the Internet seeking help. I asked "why am I hearing crickets in my ears?" and was routed to several stories, one of which is yours. I'm grateful because I thought I was alone with this symptom. I will seek an expert to help.
Manuel Porcell Monday, September 26, 2016
Beer + bbq sauce in whatever meat your eating = field of crickets in the head!
Dad Saturday, September 24, 2016
So then why can the children in my household hear these high frequency sounds. We also hear and notice the changes in patterns all at the same time. It seems to be coming from outside the residence because it gets louder the closer we are to the windows in the house. If we open the windows its even louder! It almost sounds like a really high pitched sound almost similar to crickets. We also hear different frequencies that are heard more in the head and not in the ears so theres obviously more to this tinnitus theory.
mary Saturday, September 24, 2016
Does alergy's or drying ears lightly with q tips cause cricket sound in ears?
Carrie Carr Wednesday, September 21, 2016
I have this cricket sounds in my right ear how can i rid myself of this.
wayne neugebauer Tuesday, May 03, 2016
I had by pass heart surgery in 2007 and the first thing I said to my wife after I came to in the recovery room was "I hear crickets". I still hear them today, but usually when it's quite. I don't seem to notice them when there is noise around me. Sometimes they seem louder than others.
Barry Keate Friday, April 18, 2014
Hair cells in the inner ear respond to specific frequencies. When they are overstimulated at their frequency their underlying supportive tissues become soft and the hair cells bend over and become flat. Eventually enough hair cells responding to specific frequencies become damaged and sound for that frequency is not transmitted to the auditory cortex. Source: http://www.tinnitusformula.com/library/how-noise-causes-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus/#.U1GS1FyVASA