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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Ear Drum Flutter Sensation

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Could use your help docs! My ear drum flutters when I hear certian sounds?

Could use your help docs! My ear drum flutters when I hear certian sounds?

Hard to say: The most common cause of ear drum fluttering is spasm of middle ear muscles. There are 2 such muscles, tensor tympani and stapedial. If this occurs with certain sounds, the chances are the level of sound energy may be too high, (greater than, say 85 decibels) these muscles tend to protect the inner ear or may go into spasm spontaneously. ...Read more

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I have tinnitus in my left ear. This morning I heard thumping or my ear drum fluttering in the same ear. (Not pulsatile, random). What might it be?

I have tinnitus in my left ear. This morning I heard thumping or my ear drum fluttering in the same ear. (Not pulsatile, random). What might it be?

Muscle tic: Possible muscle tic in your ear. There is a muscle attached to the bones in the ear to help protect the inner ear from excessively loud noises. ...Read more

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How do I stop inner ear or ear drum muscle spasms? My right ear is the worst, I can't lay on my left side without right ear making a fluttering noise

How do I stop inner ear or ear drum muscle spasms? My right ear is the worst, I can't lay on my left side without right ear making a fluttering noise

Try OTC Nasal: Spray (eg: Afrin)
Open the small tubes connecting the ear with the inner nose and equalize pressure!
If this does not help see an ENT (Ear Nose Throat)
specialist!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have fluttering sensation in my left ear. This has never happened?

I have fluttering sensation in my left ear. This has never happened?

Fluttering in ear: I have fluttering sensation in my left ear. This has never happened? ANS: have someone look in to see if there is a bug in there. Prob not but someone needs to look first. Could also be wax or water. ...Read more

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H/O ruptured ear drum 15 years ago, intermittent severe pain in ear lasting for days. Sore to even touch the ear lobe or movement with smiling, decrea?

H/O ruptured ear drum 15 years ago, intermittent severe pain in ear lasting for days. Sore to even touch the ear lobe or movement with smiling, decrea?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have fluttering in my ear? Could I be losing my hearing?

What does it mean if I have fluttering in my ear? Could I be losing my hearing?

Stapedius: There is a muscle in your middle ear that can flutter. It is called the stapedius muscle. ...Read more

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Fluttering in ear for last week. It flutters more when I close my mouth. There is no pain associated w this. What is it?

Fluttering in ear for last week. It flutters more when I close my mouth. There is no pain associated w this. What is it?

Pressure changes: Possibly tympanic membrane motility with changes in inner ear & Eustachian tube pressure +/- effusion. You need a pneumatic otoscopy and a good HEENT exam otherwise we are just theorizing. ...Read more

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For the past few years I've experienced this flutter/vibrating feeling in left ear. I've had it maybe 3-4 times over tHat time frame. What is it?

For the past few years I've experienced this flutter/vibrating feeling in left ear. I've had it maybe 3-4 times over tHat time frame. What is it?

A bug?: This is a very unusual description and it appears to be present rarely over past few years. Fluttering should not be a sensation within the ear. Vibration should also not be felt focally. If persistent, then would look for any vascular abnormalities inside the auditory canal. If constant ringing or hearing loss, would start with audiogram. By the description above, likely to be external to ear ...Read more

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I hear a fluttering noise in my left ear when I bend down or lie down on my left side on my bed. It doesent happen when I stand up or lie other side?

I hear a fluttering noise in my left ear when I bend down or lie down on my left side on my bed. It doesent happen when I stand up or lie other side?

Middle ear muscles: A fluttering noise in the ear most commonly represents spontaneous muscle spasm of one of the two middle ear muscles. This is like spontaneous eyelid spasm. Muscle relaxants may help. These symptoms usually disappear in a short period of time. If there is no hearing loss associated with these symptoms, I would recommend patience. If not gone in a month see anent doctor. ...Read more

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I get random fluttering in my right ear. Not constantly but I had it a few weeks ago and it went away and it's now doing it again.?

I get random fluttering in my right ear. Not constantly but I had it a few weeks ago and it went away and it's now doing it again.?

Eustachian tube: Hi Leanne. This is likely to be Eustachian tube dysfunction which causes the ear drum to have a sensation of fluttering. It is not uncommon and not usually something to worry about. If you are concerned (especially if it keeps going on) then pop in and see your GP. See this link for Eustachian tube dysfunction. Https://familydoctor. Org/condition/eustachian-tube-dysfunction/ ...Read more

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Heard a flutter deep in my ear the other day & now I have a sharp, stabbing pain that is getting worse. I don't see or feel anything in my ear.?

Heard a flutter deep in my ear the other day & now I have a sharp, stabbing pain that is getting worse. I don't see or feel anything in my ear.?

See your physician: If you have a pain in your ear that's getting worse you had better have a physician look in your ear. Perhaps you have an infection or other problem. Unfortunately with this it's not possible to give you a definite answer.

Hope you feel better ...Read more

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What can cause me to hear a fluttering in my ear?

What can cause me to hear a fluttering in my ear?

Stapedius: There is a muscle in your middle ear that can flutter. It is called the stapedius muscle. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. I still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. I still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

Overall good: The overall picture you're describing is one of progressive albeit slow improvement. The flutters and slight ear pain is not a good news or bad news; it is simply an expression that there is some slight residual symptomatology. The Important thing is that over time you are getting better and will most likely continue to improve until there is complete resolution of the Bell's ...Read more

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What are the possible causes for pain and fluttering in my ear?

What are the possible causes for pain and fluttering in my ear?

Different ideas: Pain in the ear can be from infection of the external or middle ear. If your hearing is no impaired, then you may have referred pain from the jaw joint, jaw muscles, teeth, neck or throat.
Fluttering is unrelated to pain and may be spontaneous contractions of one of the two middle ear muscles. The two symptoms are most likely unrelated. ...Read more

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Fluttering in left ear when lying down on left side and when bend down, doesn't flutter when standing or laying down on opposite side will it stop?

Fluttering in left ear when lying down on left side and when bend down, doesn't flutter when standing or laying down on opposite side will it stop?

Tinnitus: This is the perception of noise in the ear. The fluttering can be from tiny muscles of the middle ear, either the stapedial muscle or tensor tympani muscle, going into spasm, similar to the eyelid flickering that many people experience. You do need to see an ENT doctor to fully evaluate this. It probably will stop but really need to see md check you out. ...Read more

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Ear wax removal kit and it worked but did not get rid of fluttering?

See a specialist: You need to see a specialist for this to be evaluated and examined. There are rare causes of fluttering and more common ones as well (stapedial myoclonus, aberrant blood vessels, glomus tumors) such as hearing your heartbeat in your hearing apparatus. Get to an ENT physician for this. ...Read more

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Heart flutters when lie down the past few dys. Also had dizzyness 4 over a month when lying down. Ear pain off/on 4 a yr. I don't smoke, drink, drugs.

Heart flutters when lie down the past few dys. Also had dizzyness 4 over a month when lying down. Ear pain off/on 4 a yr. I don't smoke, drink, drugs.

Related: The ear pain and dizziness when lying down may be related - you may have otitis/labyrinthitis and you should see your primary care doctor or an ENT for that. Palpitations are present is everyone sometimes and are more apt to be noticed when lying down, esp in a quiet place without distractions. They are present in normal hearts, but if you're bothered, cardiac evaluation is not unreasonable. ...Read more

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New pain in head comes and goes, not bad, right front for few weeks. Also fluttering in right ear. Prone to migraines. Should I worry? Go to doctor?

Allergies?: The fluttering you describe in your ear may be a sign of fluid build up. Frontal headaches can be migraine or sinusitis. Allergy season can make it hard to tell the difference. Trying something like otc Claritin (loratadine) might help you and your family doc decide what to do next. Watch for what triggers your headaches. Last but not least, is your thyroid level being monitored? ...Read more

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Recently I have noticed a fluttering sound in my ear. I'm just curious to know what its caused by I've nose pinched+swallowed/yawned and nothing helps.

Recently I have noticed a fluttering sound in my ear. I'm just curious to know what its caused by I've nose pinched+swallowed/yawned and nothing helps.

Trapped water?: You might have some water trapped behind some wax. The wax may need to be removed. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat or ent) is the person who can best evaluate this. ...Read more

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Fluttering in my ear past few days, and have also noticed I've been hiccuping alot. Found something called vagus nerve connecting the two, what is it?

Vagus: The vagus or 10th cranial nerve is your main parasympathetic connection between your brain and stomach. There are fibers that go to the tympanic membrane and this is why people with ear problems will often get nauseated or vomit. It can also cause "hiccups" too. ...Read more

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In my left ear, I get spasms that I can feel and sound like fluttering. The ear feels full. I have had a history of TMJ and earwax buildup. Causes?

In my left ear, I get spasms that I can feel and sound like fluttering. The ear feels full. I have had a history of TMJ and earwax buildup. Causes?

Not related to TMJ: As a dentist all I can say is that your symtom is not related to your tm joint as it does not come and go with jaw joint movement. In fat, you probably do not have any TMJ dystunction if you can open and close fully without pain or noise. Remember, an anteriorly positioned articular disc is normal in better than one-third the population and is asymptomatic. Look for an ear problem and not tmj. ...Read more

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I have a fluttering in my right ear. Not constant but it comes and goes. I'm worried its fluid? My left jaw is clicking every time I open my mouth?

Tinnitus: Fluttering sensation is a benign condition and in medical terms it is called Tinnitus. Unfortunately, there's no cure for chronic tinnitus, it often becomes less noticeable over time. If concerned see an ENT. ...Read more