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How long have you had this sound? Does it affect your hearing?
I have had this about a week and no, it does not affect my hearing. It's just irritating.
This type of abnormal sound and/or sensation is what is known as "tinnitus". While most causes are benign, it can be quite irritating and last for weeks or months. In some cases, it is caused by either wax that has dried up and is abutting the tympanic membrane or by some other foreign material such as cotton from a q-tip or even a small insect.
If you would like to try something over-the-counter, there is a form of ear drops called "debrox" that you can use for a week or so to clean out the ear. If this does not help, or the problem worsens, you should have an RN or MD take a quick look in your ear to rule out an infection.
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