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.
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)?
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.
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 but...watch 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.
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.