Fluttering Sound In Ear – The 3 Main Causes

If you are experiencing fluttering in ear, you may be suffering from some type of ear infection or fluid buildup behind the ear drum. While this can be disturbing and annoying, it is rarely dangerous. You may need to follow up with an ear, nose, and throat specialist, if the symptom does not go away.


Sinusitis is characterized by inflammation of the sinus passages. This condition often follows a common cold or allergic reaction, but it can become a chronic condition if it goes untreated for a long period of time. Environmental and biological allergens can cause the sinuses to become inflamed.

Sinusitis can also lead to fluid buildup behind the ear drum. In most cases, the fluid will dissipate over time, but it may take anywhere from 3-4 weeksor longer. Not only will you experience a fluttering sensation in the ears, when you yawn or cough, but you may also notice that your hearing is extremely poor. This because the fluid is blocking the ear canal, but do not fret, because it will go away.

Ear Wax

The sebaceous and apocrine glands can produce what is known at cerumen or ear wax. While some individuals will only produce a small amount of ear wax, others will tend to overproduce, which can lead to a huge buildup. If you notice that your hearing has gotten worse over time, but you are not experiencing any pain, you may very well need to have the wax removed.

Ear wax removal is a simple technique that can be performed by any physician.

Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome

Tonic tensor tympani syndrome is a condition that can be triggered by radio frequencies, which will cause the inner ear to spasm. Stress and anxiety can also trigger fluttering spasms, so if you are currently under a high level of stress at home or work, you should definitely give meditation a try. This technique will help reduce your stress levels and the fluttering sensation in your ear.


  1. In my experience, I have the annoying “fluttering” or spasm feelings when I am deficient in B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B12. I hadn’t had this for months and realized that it kicked in again because I ran out of my vitamin B complex tablets.
    I’ve also made a similar observation with the ringing (tinnitus) in my ears. Mine is aggravated by zinc deficiency. I figured this out in a round-a-bout way. When my zinc is low, I get horrible hang nails around my fingernails. I noticed that my ears tend to ring louder than usual. Once I begin taking my zinc, my hangnails disappear and the ringing eases. I have never been able to completely rid myself of the tinnitus, but only because I am too afraid to up my dosage of Zinc. I think I could probably take a significant amount more than I do (and it might ease it), but unless it’s taken with food, it makes my stomach nauseous.
    In my opinion, every issue in the body comes from an inbalance – either too much or too little of something. With ears, it is often too little of the proper nutrients.
    I’d be interested in hearing if others also get results.

  2. Yes me as well constant random flutter sound in my left ear that wont stop. If I press on my ear cannel hard it stops. What a damn annoying thing it is. Cant sleep or phocus.

  3. Thank you for the info. Been experiencing this lately and was worried. Definitely not a pleasant sensation, but at least now I do not have to fear. Knowledge is indeed POWER’

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