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Old 06-04-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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New onset fluttering sensation in left ear

Hello. I am a 29yo female. I take no medications besides the occasional ibuprofen. For the last 2-3 weeks I have been experiencing intermittent fluttering sensations in my left ear. Like the sort of "sound" you hear when you yawn but this is happening spontaneously. I did have a period of allergies but I have not been sick recently. I have no pain. I have been experiencing dizziness, but only when I stand up and it's more of a lightheadedness than a spinning situation. I have a history of sinus problems and chronic sinus infections, but after getting a sinoplasty in 2011 I have not experienced these problems since.

Unfortunately I am traveling in South America for the next 3 weeks and do not have access to specialized medical services. I can however get whatever antibiotics might be needed. I am a nurse and would feel comfortable taking an antibiotic otc as long as it was the right one. Any thoughts? I have been thinking either a middle or inner ear infection but in both cases the symptoms don't seem to quite match.

 
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Old 06-04-2017, 05:40 PM   #2
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Re: New onset fluttering sensation in left ear

I'm no doctor, but I have had that fluttering (without pain) and my guess for myself is that my ear is stuffed. My advice would be to try a decongestant and see if that helps any...

 
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:37 PM   #3
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Re: New onset fluttering sensation in left ear

Hi Obordiuk,

I also have this fluttering sound. I believe you can find more information on this by searching for 'middle ear myoclonus'. This is often caused by a muscle spasm of one of the muscles in the middle ear. I also have this happen, sometimes triggered by a yawn and it lasts for a 1-10 seconds. There is really nothing much to do for this unless it continues for a long time. It feels/sounds weird but is probably nothing to be worried about.

 
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