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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Tickle in ear

05/09/2008

Question:

I have a feeling of something "crawling" in my ear. My doctor says my ear is fine. The sensation comes and goes. Any idea of what it might be?

Answer:

That's a somewhat unusual symptom.

Perhaps the best way to start working that up would be to see an Otolaryngologist who can examine your ear with a microscope in the office and perform a hearing test. Based upon those findings, it could even continue on with some type of imaging study to try and identify the cause.

If your physician has examined you and cannot see something obvious in the ear canal, then this would be the most informative route to follow.

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Response by:

Daniel   Choo, MD Daniel Choo, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati