2019-04-16 15:33:32

This morning, I woke up and found after a few minutes, that something was off with my ears. Or, the right ear. The right ear for what ever reason has started picking up much lower sounds such as rumbling and has seemed more sencitive in general.  Interestingly it is less noticeable and headphones.

I fall asleep listening to headphones or some sort of sound. Once, I fell asleep with my phone blasting comity shows and woke up to here my left ear ringing and much quieter. Most of that was temporary, although that ear is, very, and I mean very, slightly less sencitive to cirton sounds. Most likely the phone was near that ear and played the shows till it ran out of power in the night.I've been more careful about that ever since. I'm wondering if this is something like that, how ever I don't even think my headphones were playing any thing, I hit dream land before I could to any thing but click a bunch of buttons in my half asleep stutter. I also don't know if both headphones were on. The reason I mention this is because in the past I have noted that if you use one headphone, leaving the other ear uncovered, some  volume changes between each year could happen for a very short while.

Are there any possibilities that I have not considered? Thank you for any answers.

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2019-04-16 23:05:19

Hmm well I'm no medical or ear specialist but a few ideas. Maybe your ears have a lot of wax build-up. Depending on where the wax is, it can lead to odd things, from muffling to crackling to other noises. Ringing, I'm not so sure. But normally I get my ears flushed out once or twice a year at the doctor's office. You can do it at home too but I prefer to go to the doctors when I need it, since they know what they're doing and don't make a mess. Sometimes it really helps, other times it just makes me dizzy. But normally, if I wait until I can actually notice differences in my hearing, a flushing helps restore my hearing to a fresh state, and for a day or so, I'm marveling at how much brighter and direct everything sounds, as I get used to having clean ears again lol

But back to your problem. Something funny could be going on with your inner ear. Again, I can't say what, since a million reasons could be proposed. But I've gotten some pretty strange effects from my ears, so maybe one of these stories will at least be something you can relate to.

If it's dead quiet, I feel a lot of pressure in my head and a throbbing roaring or rumbling in my ears, it almost feels like I can hear the blood pressure through my temples or something. It's probably just tinitis or something, and I've had it for as long as I can remember. When I was like 4 or 5, it would get so bad that the room would start spinning and dematerializing, , causing me to fall in my dream. This would happen especially if I fell asleep while thinking about the pressure sensation I described. One thing's for sure, it's not a pleasant experience to spin and fall backwards in my dreams, and it wakes me up with a horrible start, and it almost always seems to be brought on by that pressure and roaring sensation. Thankfully, it only happens in dead quiet. When there's noise in the background, I don't experience any of this. So I find it more comfortable to sleep with the computer on, because it's just loud enough that I can hear it, but not loud enough to keep me awake.

Then there were other times when I would be in the pool for too long, and when I got out, certain ranges of notes would be very discordant and dissonant-sounding for some reason. I don't even remember being under the water that much, and I would get these odd effects for about a half hour after exiting the pool.

Then there were the times when I would get bad colds, ciness infections or whatever, and every time I would blow my nose, my ears would crackle and pop so loud that I was scared my eardrums would burst. One time it was so bad that I became dizzy when blowing my nose, and I almost fell. I was in the bathroom at the time which is full of hard things, so it would not have been fun to fall in there! So every time I feel like I have a bad cold coming on and I have to blow my nose, I always hold onto something while doing so. Thankfully, I've only needed to do this twice I believe.

Other than that, I really don't know what to suggest for you. If you continue to have odd issues, I'd see a doctor about it, especially if they get worse. But if you're just super picky about how your ears sound, and you notice occasional oddities that seem to clear up on their own, that don't seem to be progressively getting worse, I wouldn't get too worried.

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2019-04-16 23:19:46 (edited by enes 2019-04-16 23:20:09)

Hi,
See a doctor immediately!, and I mean immediately! You might have noticed your right ear becoming more sensetive to sounds due to sudden hearing loss in the other ear. Sudden hearing loss is  considered to be a medical emergency, and it needs to be treated in a few days. The more you delay treatment the lower the chances of recovery become. Some genetic conditions that cause blindness cause this. I frequently have changes in hearing as a result of a condition,  and take steroids for it to minimize chances of damage. I once had a severe loss episode affecting both ears, and the doctor brushed it off as it was only! a 27% loss in one ear and 12% in the other, and gave me antibiotics. It recovered mostly on it's own, but now I have new tinnitus tones added to my existing ones, and can't hear high pitched sounds, like fluorescent lights with my left ear for 5 years.

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2019-04-16 23:27:31 (edited by omer 2019-04-16 23:27:57)

i agree with you
maybe its not that importent, but  better then to be safe then sorry
the more you dley it the worse it becomes

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2019-04-16 23:29:13 (edited by an idiot 2019-04-16 23:34:14)

The thing is it seems to flare up at cirton times, and go down after a short wile. I don't want to panic and go to the doctor if this may just blow over, but at! same time after what happened with my left ear, I may have to be open to the fact something may be going on. My mom said it may pass but if it went on we would go see someone. I would sooner but that means paying money, and I'm not sure we have the time today any way.

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2019-04-16 23:44:33

Oh great. My mom says it could take a week to find someone. Good to know that if it gets worse, there will be someone there to immediately figure out the problem. And 2 and 3, I some expearience with  tinnitus, and when the first incident occurred, I did notice new tones. The ones I have don't really bother me but they are noticeable when it's quiet.

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2019-04-17 00:32:47

Hi,
Sudden hearing loss does tend to recover partially. However, medication or treatments increase the chances of successful full recovery. However, don't take chances. There is no garantee that it will improve on it's own. It took me ages to get a steroid prescription for my  episodes, which improved things as I don't have to go each and every time it happens.

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2019-04-17 01:12:46

Well I wake up with my ears doing weird shit sometimes. I have tinnitus, but sometimes it shifts, like today, on top of my normal tones, I had this weird one in my left ear, which went away by mid-morning. Sometimes I wake up and something is sort of low humming in my right ear, it goes away though. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, one ear just goes shut. Sometimes it's quite severe and abrupt, like something which happened a month or so ago, where my right ear shut really hard and wouldn't open for like an hour. I never do anything about it though, it's just something that goes on with me, it always clears up.

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2019-04-17 11:56:03

In dead silence another quite strange thing can take place. It's like some kind of vacuum building up and manifest itself as a kind of pressure. It's not a noise, but like an inversion of that - something pressing and pushing inside a head/ears. Sometimes it can be also complimented by some nasty pulsing/looping bursts of that same pressure. Usually in that state any kind of temporary sound, even just a short click or snap tends to stop the sensation.
One more really bizarre thing, that is probably more related to the inner ear is a fact, that some certain combinations of musical rhythms, a ballance between drum rhythm and a bassline for example, can affect a sense of ballance and space, make you dizzy and need to sit down whyle standing or simple trigger a startle reflex or give a false sensation of some weird rhythmical motion of your body or the floor under it.
I'm sure more of us, especially of a sensitive kind can relate to sutch things, but these issues are not discussed often, as most people simply don't understand what the fuss is about.

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2019-04-17 13:07:45

All these problems you guys mentioned are usually happened due to using headphones for a long time and with a high volume. My headphone volume bend is set to the maximum volume and I control the volume using my operating system. For example I'm using 6 percent overall volume. It's quiet enough so I can hear my surroundings, and is loud enough to hear my screen reader and people in team talk as two instances. I even set the sound volume to 4 percent ejrn i'm alone sometimes

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2019-04-17 13:20:29

I personally don't use headphones as much as you may think and those ear anomalies are known from early childhood so it's obviously not down to using headphones only.

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2019-04-17 13:24:34 (edited by an idiot 2019-04-17 13:26:04)

That may be the case partially because I use headphones  constantly.  However, the tinitis I mentioned started a long time ago when I was young, before headphones could have that much of an effect on me.  Most of the time I keep mine at medium volume.

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2019-04-17 14:30:57

yeah the silence thing, I get that, it's crazy, it would drive me insane if I was deprived of all senses and that like inversion of pressure thing was on me, it would be torture.

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2019-04-17 17:25:21

Hi there,
Agree with 2, yes you should keep in mind that sometimes sudden hearing loss may be due to ear wax, and this is what actually happens to me. I have the type of ears that produce a lot of wax (especially the right ear) which forces me to go to the doctor to clean them every 6 months to 1 year. According to the doctor, this is normal and there's no cure for that which is a matter that varies from person to another. Continuous usage of earphones, ear cleaning sticks (which are never recommended), or even rarely the sleeping pillows' pressing on the ear may cause ear wax to enter the ear blocking hearing. I'm no ear specialist as well, but my constant visits to the doctors made me aware of this. My right ear started to lose hearing which made me adjust the stereo settings on both my iPhone and computer to increase 2% of the volume to my right ear so sounds can become (normally) in the center. The volume level in my ears are now unbalanced, making me hear sounds tending to the left if I use headphones or anything of that sort, so that's why I've adjusted the stereo settings on my devices to fit the situation. However, I know that the cause will most likely be hopefully ear wax as usual, so I'll go to the doctor these days to clean my ears so they return normal and fresh.
Anyways, wish you a speedy recovery. Our ears is a very important thing to us as blind people, losing them means losing everything in my opinion.
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2019-04-17 17:47:12

The volume of both ears appears to be the same now. However, lower sounds seem to bee a little more noticeable in the right ear still, but over all this has not been like yesterday.

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2019-04-17 19:53:57

ManFromTheDark wrote:

In dead silence another quite strange thing can take place. It's like some kind of vacuum building up and manifest itself as a kind of pressure. It's not a noise, but like an inversion of that - something pressing and pushing inside a head/ears. Sometimes it can be also complimented by some nasty pulsing/looping bursts of that same pressure. Usually in that state any kind of temporary sound, even just a short click or snap tends to stop the sensation.

Yeah, this describes me perfectly, especially when I was a kid.
Also, I don't really feel like headphones have contributed to any hearing oddities I've had. I don't keep them up super loud, and I"m not a big fan of earbuds or anything that pretty much pushes the sound directly into your ears. I do think, though, that using headphones for extended periods may increase wax build-up, especially if they don't give your ears any breathing space. But if you clean your ears or get them cleaned regularly, I don't think this would be a huge deal. It's when you don't get them cleaned, or you have your headphones up so loud that everything else is drowned out, that you really create problems imho.

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2019-04-17 20:03:54

I use in ear headphones. However, I clean my ears quite a lot.

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2019-04-18 15:21:51 (edited by brad 2019-04-18 15:23:21)

Hello.


I haven't had this problem but I have had wax build up and had to clean my ears.


I use a bulb syringe, it's a squeezy thing you fill up with warm water, or hot if you can handle it and squeeze into your ear.


If you get one, wrest it on the edge of your ear whole and squeeze sharply, I'd recommend tilting your head to the side to help the wax fall out of your ear into the shower or bath.

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2019-04-18 19:48:10

Occasionally, one ear (it can be left or right) will lose a noticeable amount of hearing, and I will hear a distinct tone. This lasts anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute or so but always goes away. The tone stops and my hearing returns to perfect normal. I've always thought these were muscle twitches or something

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2019-04-18 19:51:41 (edited by Zarvox 2019-04-18 19:52:44)

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2019-04-18 22:42:05

I have the ringing ears too.
It's not very common and goes away.
Once or twice, I had ringing that lasted for half the morning and once while playing Teraformers, ages ago, my left ear went all wonky.
I had a nasty cold some months ago, and that got fluid in my left ear and it annoyed me to no end.
One thing I do is, you know, sometimes when you swallow? Your ears kind of enter a state where your own breathing is louder, and if I put my fingers on either side of my nose and try to blow a little bit out, it seems to help my hearing.
It's sort of touch and go sometimes, like when I had said cold, but I never experienced any massive pain from my ear that I can remember.

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2019-04-18 23:05:36

I have always been extremely sensitive to any changes to my hearing. One incident I clearly remember Was about a year ago. One morning I woke up And my left ear sounded muffled, similar to how it might sound if you had water in your ears. Further, when listening to music or hearing random notes, pitches sounded lower when heard in the left ear. While it cleared up after a few days, it was quite concerning. I later found out that it may have been caused by swollen adenoids blocking my Eustachian tubes, preventing excess fluid from draining and not allowing my ears to equalize properly.

All this to say that a doctor's visit is always a good idea. Even if they find nothing, it's better to be safe than sorry. Being blind or VI makes taking good care of your ears even more of a priority. If you can, definitely go to your doctor.

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Yesterday 01:54:28

19, I experience those as well, but imagine them lasting for hours, days or even weeks, and not fully clearing.  That is what happens due to a disorder I have.  steroids seem to help a bit, but not fully.

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Yesterday 10:23:44

@Zarvox: no, definitely not.
Especially for those, who have been blind from birth or very early childhood hearing just seems to hold much bigger importance than for all the others, thus we tend to react and notice every smallest change in that, may-be even the most important sense to us.

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