I frequently hear fluttering inside my ear. What does that mean?

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Hi! I'm a 19 year old female, and lately I've been hearing fluttering in mainly my left ear a lot. I don't know if this is normal...? The sound reminds me of a moth flapping it's wings or something. I've heard it off and on for a long time now, like at least a year. These past few days though the fluttering sounds have increased. It's annoying!

I hope I can get some advice. Curious to know if I'm the only one with this problem!

Thanks.

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    Nope, many of us have that as well. Iv been diagnosed with Eustation Tube Dysfunction. You can research it. It's a nuisance!!

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    Hello Jaalah, I waited to see what responses you might get.  I am a 'senior citizen' now but about 24 years ago I had a similar thing in my left ear and, yes. it was exactly like a moth or butterfly fluttering.  I believe it was a type of tinnitus.  It occurred sometime soon after I lost a much beloved 19-year-old cat and I was grieving badly but I do not know if there was a connection.  A year ago, for a different problem, I saw an audiologist who suspected I was suffering from tensor tympani syndrome. I wasn't, but she thought the fluttering sensation (even though so long ago) was symptomatic of this.  My fluttering sensation stopped a long time ago and even when I had it, it wasn't there all the time.  I have had other tinnitus, through the years, which has come and gone also, with the cause of both the occurrence and the disappearance always a mystery. You could, perhaps, look into the tensor tympani syndrome and see if this might be your problem or investigate tinnitus further. I hope that for you, as for me, it will just disappear in time.

    With best wishes, Maureen

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    Hi, I think what you are describing is called ‘middle ear myoclonus’.   This is caused by a muscle spasm with one of the muscles in your ear.  I have this too, as do many people with sensitive ears.   Unless it happens for long periods of time or impacts your quality of life, there is normally nothing to be done and it is not dangerous.
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    To Dizzyear - thank you for your explanation.  I've not heard the expression 'middle ear myoclonus' before so have learnt something new today.

    To Jaalah - the audiologist who suggested I had the problem with the tympani tensor muscle (one of the muscles Dizzyear was referring to) recommended I see a musculo-skeletal physiotherapist.  She did give me a name but I live in Melbourne, Australia so doubt this would help you.  If the fluttering continues to be a debilitating problem for you, perhaps you could find such a specialist physiotherapist near you.

    Again, best wishes, Maureen 

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