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Old 03-10-2011, 06:04 AM   #1
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twitching in eardrum

For a couple days, whenever I do something that puts a little pressure on my left ear, such as cleaning with a cotton swab, or even just turning my head too far, I get a brief, rapid, uneven twitch inside my ear, I'm presuming it's the eardrum.

It's not rhythmic like a heartbeat, it's fast, then slower, then fast, very uneven. Then it goes away after a couple minutes.

I've never experienced this before - what could it be? No pain, just the annoying twitch.

I have been congested for a few days as well - not sure it's related.

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Old 03-11-2011, 06:16 AM   #2
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Re: twitching in eardrum

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A couple times in the last 3 months I've had a feeling like there was water in my ear but there wasn't. Like a crinkly sort of feeling in there. Also, I do use cotton swabs daily - perhaps I shoved wax down there?

It seems to "kick in" when I put pressure on the ear, whether simply pressing iwth my finger against the ear canal, or a strong yawn, or even turning my head too fast or leaning downward (increase fluid pressure perhaps)?

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Old 03-17-2011, 06:46 AM   #3
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Re: twitching in eardrum

I don't get this board sometimes. Some topics get 20 replies in 10 minutes, others get NOTHING after a week.

Anyway, since I'm talking to myself here I'll update.

Almost went away for a couple days, now worse than ever. Seems to kick in with pressure as I said before, but also yawning can set it off. The episodes now last up to 5 minutes which is longer than before. It also comes on randomly at times and didn't do that before.

It's not a clicking sound, more like someone is waving a parachute or tarp, like a windy but fluttering kind of sound, somewhat irregular and much too fast to be a heartbeat. Flutter is probably a more accurate term than twitch actually.

I do clean my ears daily with cotton swabs, but stopped that last week since any time I insert the swab, the fluttering starts.

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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Re: twitching in eardrum

Hi there, what you have sounds like a middle ear myoclonus. You can actually develop a spontaneous twitch in your eardrum, much like you can have a twitch in the muscle of your eyelid. I had a middle ear myoclonus for a while last year -- mine was set off by certain sounds and certain voices. VERY annoying. I was prescribed a muscle relaxant to take "as needed" when my myoclonus acted up. It's all but gone away...I get a few weak flutters from time to time, but nothing like what was happening last year.

Also, you already know this out for those Q-tips! I gave myself a terrible ear infection once from overzealous "cleaning," and sometimes wonder (with regret) if my current ear problems aren't related to that.

Old 03-24-2011, 05:38 AM   #5
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Re: twitching in eardrum

Actually I went to my doc and he saw fluid behind my eardrum, he said most likely a post-cold type issue.

Advised me to take Zyrtec and an anti-inflammatory which has cleared it up.

Old 09-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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Re: twitching in eardrum

Yes it is myoclonus and you might have it for a very long time. nobody knows the origin of this thumping/fluttering but recently more and more people are getting it. Most ENTs do not know crap about what it is. I am still waiting for mine to stop i have had it on and off for going on 2 years almost.

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