Fluttering in the ear is a condition which is medically referred to as Tinnitus. This condition is usually benign, but can be indicative of a more serious medical condition. Tinnitus is characterized by hearing of sound in the ear, though the intensity of the sound may vary from a flutter to a roar.
In medical terms, the condition is classified into subjective and objective tinnitus. While subjective tinnitus is temporary in nature and affects most of the people, objective tinnitus is linked with irregular blood or muscular functions around the ear.
What Causes Fluttering Noise In The Ear?
Tinnitus or fluttering in the ear is classified into two types, based on the causative factors. Subjective tinnitus usually leads to temporary fluttering while objective tinnitus may be associated with continuous or intermittent fluttering. Some of the causes associated with the two forms of tinnitus include,
- The most common form of objective tinnitus is referred to as pulsatile tinnitus, which is attributed to irregular flow of blood around the ear.
- A rare form of objective tinnitus is referred to as muscular tinnitus, which is associated with irregular contractions of one or more muscles of the inner ear, which are attached to the hearing bones. Occasionally muscles in the throat that control the opening and closing of the Eustachian tube may also lead to muscular tinnitus.
- Subjective tinnitus may be caused due to exposure to very loud noises such as a gunshot or a concert and is often associated with gradual loss of hearing.
- Other causes for tinnitus include excessive consumption of NSAIDs like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. Certain other medications like antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs can also lead to tinnitus.
- Other rare causes for fluttering in the ear may include brain disorder that can lead to seizures or acoustic neuroma (i.e. tumors on the hearing nerve).
Symptom Of Fluttering Sound In Ear
Fluttering in the ears is often distressing and can be debilitating at times. Though other noises of radio, fan or television can help mask these noises, there are certain symptoms that are usually associated with fluttering in ear,
- Eventual loss of hearing is common. Tinnitus or fluttering in the ear is often considered to be an early sign of hearing loss.
- Occasionally some individuals may complain of loss of balance, especially during a sudden attack of tinnitus. In such cases, middle or inner ear damage to the vestibule can act as the underlying cause.
How To Get Rid Of Fluttering In Ear?
It is important to understand the underlying cause for fluttering in the ear and hence an evaluation may be required. Subjective tinnitus usually is self-limiting and tends to reduce in a while. Though no specific treatment is required for subjective tinnitus, some of the following tips can be useful,
- Limit the intake of aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs or over the counter medications.
- De-stressing techniques to relieve anxiety can also help in alleviating symptoms of fluttering in the ear.
- Homeopathic drugs namely bryonia and thuja can help deal with tinnitus, though a thorough evaluation is required.
In cases of objective tinnitus which may be associated with blood vessel problems, it is important to treat the lesion with surgery.