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Tingling inside of ear canal

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 6, 2008
  • 08:01 PM

I have had this problem off and on for several months, but recently, it has gotten worse. I have severe tingling within my ear canal. It almost feels like it itches, but using a Q-tip doesn't help at all. It just seems to come and go. I had a doctor look at it, but there is nothing in the canal. He suggested it was a nerve problem and gave me something for a nerve infection, but that didn't help. I have even had an MRI, but that didn't show anything either. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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  • Sorry to hear about tingling, I also started getting a sensation like a caterpiller was in my ear canal, dr couldn't see anything suggested a chriopractor, I also got pain in my jaw on same side. The chriopractor said it was from a whiplash auto accident I had been in. I got adjustments, deep tissue massages, and a bite plate made. I personally think the massages helped the most. It went almost completely away for about a month and now its back. (I have a head cold?) I have searched for causes and come up with very little. But the Dentist said C-1 in you cervical spine can cause tmj which can cause numbing, maybe something to check into. Good LuckJackie
    jckgales 1 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
    • 11:26 PM
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  • I truly know the sensations you both are mentioning.....for the past 10 years or more I've had a "tingling" in what feels like just behind my ear canal in my right ear. I often describe it has "placing a blade of grass into your ear to tickle it" and like was said, I use Q Tips to try and scratch it but to no avail. :mad: Throughout the years, I don't know how I've managed to live with this, some days/weeks/months its worse than others and its getting to a point where I really feel I can't handle too much more of this crap. I've had MRI's, CAT scans, hearing tests, ENT visits, ear cleaning etc etc...and everyone says they can't find anything, or even that I'm making it up (that doctor almost had a very bad day....). Not too long ago, my GP mentioned that it might be TMJ related, or related to my jaw somehow....I can see how this MAY be a factor, and bringing my lower jaw forward deliberately seems to relieve that feeling A bit...so I don't know...........I don't know what to do....I am NOT crazy....I am NOT imagining this....but I also don't know how much more of this crap I can take. I am often asked how i dealt with this so long....and quite honestly, I don't know. I think its one of those things where many times my mind blocks it on a subconscious level sometimes...with minor relief now and again. If it wasn't for the fact that I was in an incredible relationship with the girl of my dreams since Jan of this year, (not meaning to sound corny), I don't know how this would have played out and just how long I could have hung on....any ANY advice, help or discussion would be sincerely appreciated...I am on my last round of efforts to get to the bottom of this and any help is so welcomed...people, I have even played with the idea of getting a loan so I could offer a reward to anyone who can help me solve this. I don't mean to sound desperate, but....I am.
    energata 1 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 11:11 AM
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  • I have had this problem off and on for several months, but recently, it has gotten worse. I have severe tingling within my ear canal. It almost feels like it itches, but using a Q-tip doesn't help at all. It just seems to come and go. I had a doctor look at it, but there is nothing in the canal. He suggested it was a nerve problem and gave me something for a nerve infection, but that didn't help. I have even had an MRI, but that didn't show anything either. Any suggestions would be helpful.what did they end up giving you for a nerve infection?? I have problems with my nerves too, and i had similar sensations in my ear.
    bruegger84 4 Replies
    • December 27, 2008
    • 06:19 AM
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  • I have had this problem off and on for several months, but recently, it has gotten worse. I have severe tingling within my ear canal. It almost feels like it itches, but using a Q-tip doesn't help at all. It just seems to come and go. I had a doctor look at it, but there is nothing in the canal. He suggested it was a nerve problem and gave me something for a nerve infection, but that didn't help. I have even had an MRI, but that didn't show anything either. Any suggestions would be helpful.Did you start getting this sensation at (or around) the time your wisdom tooth started to grow?
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  • I recently have had been receiving this tingling feeling in the right ear. To me, it feels as if an insect is crawling around in my ear, but nothing is there. I have been checking online for similar cases and have found a lot. All have no answer to what it is or how to get rid of the problem. I also found that in all the cases, no two have the same reasons for the cause of this problem. Some blamed medication, others an accident. In my case, I am on no medication and have no one or anything to blame. I just woke up one day and it started to happen. I just want to know what this is.
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  • Hello all - I have the same problem: On and off for the last 2 years or so I’ve had a tingling just at the entrance to my right ear. It feels like a little bug is crawling around underneath my skin – it’s also kind of itchy. It seems to get worse when I lie down and go to sleep. I went to the doctor about it but I think he thought it was just dermatitis, which it obviously isn’t. Needless to say, the cream he gave me had no effect. I have recently noticed, however that if I hold my nose and blow or crack my jaw to clear the ears (like you’d do on a plane) it goes away temporarily. It seems to have gotten worse recently and now causes me trouble getting to sleep – it’s quite an uncomfortable sensation. The only contributing factors I can think of is that about 5 years ago the right side of my jaw was broken and I now tend to chew on my left hand side as I have a problem with a gap in my back teeth on the right side – maybe this has caused an imbalance, I don't know. Anyway, I will go to the doctor and dentist...if anyone finds out anything more please let me know.
    craigwreid 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I too have this problem, and it is quite annoying. After doing some reading, I believe it is associated with my wearing the Pure Sleep anti-snoring appliance, which works very well, but which alters my bite plate, and sometimes leaves my jaw stiff and sore in the morning, much like a TMJ feeling. My teeth don't "fit" together the way the normally do, often for several hours into the day after I wear the device. This would the support the idea that the "caterpillar"/tingling/crawling feeling that we are all experiencing is somehow related to joint issues in and around the jaw/ear. Any thoughts?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
    • 02:04 PM
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  • I too have this problem, and it is quite annoying. After doing some reading, I believe it is associated with my wearing the Pure Sleep anti-snoring appliance, which works very well, but which alters my bite plate, and sometimes leaves my jaw stiff and sore in the morning, much like a TMJ feeling. My teeth don't "fit" together the way the normally do, often for several hours into the day after I wear the device. This would the support the idea that the "caterpillar"/tingling/crawling feeling that we are all experiencing is somehow related to joint issues in and around the jaw/ear. Any thoughts? I'm going to see a specialist ENT guy soon - I will let you know what he says...
    craigwreid 4 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 03:16 AM
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  • Gosh, I am experiencing the same tingling, bug crawling very annoying effect in my right ear for about 2 years. I have had the ear flushed, and checked for hearing..now I am going to get an appointment with an ENT, and your posts have helped me decide that.......I just keep thinking that this will go away, and it doesnt. I have also thought that it may be nerve related somehow. When it happens sometimes I try rubbing my neck and jaw, I don't know if this helps, but when I do, it seems that I can feel thats where it is originating from???? I don't know.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2009
    • 02:40 PM
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  • Okay, ladies and gents, since we have no real diagnosis, nor certain cause, or even knowledge of what particular piece of our anatomy is creating this sensation, we ought to get a little more organized.How about this> I'll put some questions down and answer them myself. Im gonna try to focus on what our similarities might be. Try to stick to the facts, leaving out subjective comments for another post. I hope others will answer these questions as well and add some of their own. I will edit my own post to add new questions that seem relevant.I hope some of you will participatethank you Dr. John1. Symptom?: Tingling sensation in ear. Seems to be in the inner ear. It's like a tickling itch that you want to scratch, but as soon as I stop rubbing my ear, it is there again (never left).2. Which Ear, or Both?: Right ear only3. Is It Constant, Cyclical, or Come and Go Randomly?: Seems to come and go sometimes, but is often very apparent in the morning.4. What ear do you place on the pillow while sleeping (majority)?: The right5. How long has the sensation been apparent?: Aprox. 1 month6. Do you recall this issue ever coming up before?: I think that I have felt this before, but I have never really researched it and I do not recall exactly.7. Male or Female?: Male8. Age?: 30
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 25, 2009
    • 09:38 AM
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  • Okay, ladies and gents, since we have no real diagnosis, nor certain cause, or even knowledge of what particular piece of our anatomy is creating this sensation, we ought to get a little more organized.How about this> I'll put some questions down and answer them myself. Im gonna try to focus on what our similarities might be. Try to stick to the facts, leaving out subjective comments for another post. I hope others will answer these questions as well and add some of their own. I will edit my own post to add new questions that seem relevant.I hope some of you will participatethank you Dr. John1. Symptom?: Tingling sensation in ear. Seems to be in the inner ear. It's like a tickling itch that you want to scratch, but as soon as I stop rubbing my ear, it is there again (never left).2. Which Ear, or Both?: Right ear only3. Is It Constant, Cyclical, or Come and Go Randomly?: Seems to come and go sometimes, but is often very apparent in the morning.4. What ear do you place on the pillow while sleeping (majority)?: The right5. How long has the sensation been apparent?: Aprox. 1 month6. Do you recall this issue ever coming up before?: I think that I have felt this before, but I have never really researched it and I do not recall exactly.7. Male or Female?: Male8. Age?: 301. Symptom?: tingling, itch at top (in my mind's eye) of my ear canal2. Which Ear, or Both?: Left ear only3. Is It Constant, Cyclical, or Come and Go Randomly?: random, however can be triggered while in a moving car or by certain tone/pitch of someone's voice 4. What ear do you place on the pillow while sleeping (majority)?: The right5. How long has the sensation been apparent?: 6 mos6. Do you recall this issue ever coming up before?: this is a new issue7. Male or Female?: female8. Age?: 37
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2009
    • 07:10 PM
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  • I'm having the same problem and never thought about it being associated with the mouth or jaw. Now that I think about it the problem started around the time I got braces. Maybe there is some relation there. I hope it goes away after the braces are removed, it's so annoying!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
    • 11:53 PM
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  • I know how everyone feels, I'm ready to rip my ear off already, I have only had this chronically since July. It got so bad and I had an accompaning headache which was getting worse and tenderness to the scalp, thus I went to the Emergency Dept and they thought it was Temporal Arteritis but the blood test was negative, no biopsy of the artery was done (although it is recommended) I also had banged my head quite hard prior to the buggy feeling in my ear and a CT was done of the head (brain) all clear. Upon talking to a Dentist friend of mine he suggested they do an MRI of the ear and jaw. I do have TMJ problems and have been to a chiroprator for the last 8 weeks twice a week and there is no improvement with the buggy feeling. I then made an appointment with my ENT and all he did was stick the whatever he uses in me ear and said it looks fine and did a hearing test which is fine. Today I tried the web site Just Answer where you ask a medical question and a specialist replies they do ask for a fee but its up to you if you like the answer and want to pay for it. They suggested to try a decongestant so I went to the pharmacy and are now trying extra strength decongestant, I have only taken 2 doses, so I will update if this helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
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  • I want you all to know I am in the exact same boat you all are but have not worked as diligently to get a diagnosis, it has only recently been bothering me all the time. I will be staying up to date with this blog and if I can offer any insight about my situation I certainly will. Thank you for discussing this.
    hunt_ba 1 Replies
    • October 5, 2009
    • 07:49 PM
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  • Hello,I've had the same feeling of something crawling in your ear.. it's so itchy it drives me nuts some days. I've had it for 1 year and it's random. I can date it back to when I started training for a triathlon, before then I hadn't really spent time in a pool for years. It kind of went away for a while but came back with evengence after I swam in a pool (it had been raining heavily the night before so prob not very clean). I found this link and think I have swimmers ear:http://healthguide.howstuffworks.com/swimmers-ear-dictionary.htmI'm going to get some eardrops (ask for eardrops for swimmers ears at chemist) and maybe even candling if needed. Temporary releif can be found in a warm heatpack to the ear... mmm very soothing!! But it does warn that you should take action to get rid of the infection because if you leave it, it can lead to worse infections.I hope this helps some of you :)I'll report back if this works... take care and try not to stick your fingers in to itch or stick cotton buds in your ears.. this supposidly makes the infection worse.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2009
    • 03:32 PM
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  • I just returned from Iraq two months ago, and ever since coming back I have had the same problem. It's been getting increasingly constant and I am considering going to the doctor, but it seems like from everyone else's experience that such action would do me absolutely no good. I just saw the doctor last week about some foot issues, and wouldn't want to seem like I'm trying to milk my tricare benefits... Maybe I'll give it a bit more time and see if anyone finds out anything new.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 15, 2009
    • 08:13 AM
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  • I have the same feeling, it's like a flea walking on the hairs in my ear canal. This just started happening and I believe it has to do with my new gum chewing habit. I recently stopped chewing tobacco and have replaced it with chewing gum. I find myself chewing gum hours on end and vigorously, this may have something to do with it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 05:07 AM
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  • 1. Symptom?: Tingling or kinda numb feeling in my ear canal (feels like it may be the top of my ear canal) 2. Which Ear, or Both?: Right ear only3. Is It Constant, Cyclical, or Come and Go Randomly?: Seems to come and go 4. What ear do you place on the pillow while sleeping (majority)?: The right, and sleep on my back5. How long has the sensation been apparent?: 3-4 months6. Do you recall this issue ever coming up before?: I do not recall exactly.7. Male or Female?: Female8. Age?: 38
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
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  • Dr. John replySymptom: Tingling/crawlingBoth ears.Comes and goes.Place both ears on pillow - turn from side to side during night.Have had this problem for at least 2 years.I don't recall it occuring prior to that.I am female.I have tmj problems.My age is 52.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 31, 2009
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  • 1. Symptom?: Tingling or sometimes pain in my ears, also runs down into my jaw at times - augmented by swallowing at times. A feeling of my ears being "blocked". Sound CAN effect it at times.2. Which Ear, or Both?: Both.3. Is It Constant, Cyclical, or Come and Go Randomly?: Come and Go Randomly.4. What ear do you place on the pillow while sleeping (majority)?: I sleep on my stomach generally, and probably my right ear.5. How long has the sensation been apparent?: A few months now.6. Do you recall this issue ever coming up before?: No, although I do occasionally get ear infections.7. Male or Female?: Male8. Age?: 19I guess it's just a relief other people are experiencing it, as bad as that sounds. Could be related to some damage I may of done to my neck through headbanging/dancing at concerts.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2009
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