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Old 05-20-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone else have this issue where they can voluntarily make a rumbling feeling in their ears? It happens when someone (including me) very lightly touches and goes up and down my cheeks, around my ears, around my eyes (including touching the eye lids and lashes), and scratching my head while running fingers through my hair.

It doesn't hurt or anything, and it actually tickles. I looked it up, and it doesn't seem to be serious. I just wanted to be sure.
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Yep. I thought I was the only one because I hadn't heard of it years ago when I had a friend with a stethoscope who wouldn't believe me that I could do it voluntarily. Haha it's been well over a decade that I've remembered or attempted it.

Yep, still works.

Chewing gum used to help me not be so aware of it. And if it's any comfort to you, it goes away with time. For example; it was more frequent during my 20s
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Does anyone else have this issue where they can voluntarily make a rumbling feeling in their ears? It happens when someone (including me) very lightly touches and goes up and down my cheeks, around my ears, around my eyes (including touching the eye lids and lashes), and scratching my head while running fingers through my hair.

It doesn't hurt or anything, and it actually tickles. I looked it up, and it doesn't seem to be serious. I just wanted to be sure.
I can also do this and asked my doctor about it. that part on the outside of the ear is the Antitragus it is very sensative to touch because its actually a muscle in there. way way back in time it actually served the purpose of protection for the inner ear parts of the ear. when it rumbles you know you have something up against your face and too close to the ears. something hunters/ gathers of long ago needed in order to protect their self from accidentally puncturing their ear drums while running pushing through or other wise going through bushes/ trees, ... all mammals have this. bats use their Antitragus muscle it for echolocation. ...

no its not a serious problem its a natural, meant to be thing.
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I can also do this and asked my doctor about it. that part on the outside of the ear is the Antitragus it is very sensative to touch because its actually a muscle in there. way way back in time it actually served the purpose of protection for the inner ear parts of the ear. when it rumbles you know you have something up against your face and too close to the ears. something hunters/ gathers of long ago needed in order to protect their self from accidentally puncturing their ear drums while running pushing through or other wise going through bushes/ trees, ... all mammals have this. bats use their Antitragus muscle it for echolocation. ...

no its not a serious problem its a natural, meant to be thing.

Makes sense, but it doesn't explain the eye lids and eye lashes triggering it though.
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I first did this in first grade. I asked the kid next to me if he could hear it.

I do it by closing my eyes tightly.
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Years ago, I was telling people I work with about it. Later on, when I was distracted, one girl I worked with, who was hot and had really long finger nails, snuck up on me from behind and started scratching my cheeks up and down. It felt so intense that it virtually paralyzed me and I couldn't hear anything while she was doing it.
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