Mid to Late last year, I gradually began to turn the volume up on my TV much higher than the normal listening level. I listened to this way for 45 to 90 minutes every day. Everything was fine until one day, after I was done watching, my ears hurt and I became dizzy. These symptons went away after a little bit but the next day, I did it again, and for the next couple of days, I kept doing it. I know, i'm stupid. Around this time I also got a cold and my ears became blocked. I was told, but not by a doctor, to plug my nose and blow through my nose to open the blockage. That didn't work. Infact, it may have made it worse. I also often sniffed back in after my nose started to leak or I sneazed. I then went to the doctor. By that time, the blockage lightened up and my cold was going away. The doctor looked in both of my ears and told me that there was a little fluid. She prescribed me some pills to get rid of a bacterial infection that supposedly caused the problem. After I used up the prescription, the problem didn't seem to go away.
From that point, I turned the volume much lower, about half as loud as I use to have it, when I watched TV. Everything seemed fine, but a few months ago, I noticed that after I watched something, my ears were hurting again and I became dizzy. The louder the sound, the worse the condition. The discomfort then remains for a couple of days. I went to the doctor again recently and he told me that one of my ears inparticular inside was red, or has some fluid in. The other ear was apparently okay. However, from my experiance over the past few months, sometimes both hurt, sometimes it's neither and sometimes it's one or the other. He also said that perhaps the previous prescription didn't clear the bacterial infection, so he gave me a new prescription. I'm still not so sure that it's an infection that's causing my ears to hurt and for me to get a little dizzy.
For the past week since I started the prescription, I avoided any loud noise. My ears started to, a little bit, feel better. I then decided to watch TV again, and during and afterwords, my ears began to hurt and I became a little dizzy. This lasted through when I gone to bed and most of morning. General minor discomfort just about always remains. I still have a little bit over a week left on my prescription called Doxycyciline. I'm hopeful that my condition will clear up. If not, what else could have caused my ears to get fluid in and after I hear anything a little loud, or even if I think about it too much, my ears become discomfortable and I get dizzy?
By the way, hearing loss doesn't seem to be a big issue. Obviously, anytime you listen to anything too loud, you are risking hearing damage but I don't think, at least not yet, that this is a problem. I also don't really have much, if any ringing in the ears.
Just a follow up. My ears aren't feeling much better but I did notice a few things. First off, concerning the volume of my speakers. This may be a technical question but it could also be a problem with my ears.
Last year I had my speaker volume at +12 from the default set level. This was comfortable, but as time passed, it didn't seem loud enough and by the end of the year, I turned it up to +18. At that time I started to experiance ear pain. The weeks and months following I gradually turned it back down to +12 and then +8. These sound levels seemed awfully quiet for awhile but as time went by, I became much more comfortable with it. Recently however even +8 seems too loud at times, specifically with music and action scenes. If I turn it down too much lower the normal speaking becomes too quiet. Most of the time I have it set between +4 and +8 from the default set level and even that seems a little too loud at times. I find it hard to believe that I could even stand the volume at +12 or +18, based on how loud +8 is these days.
Am I adjusting to a quieter sound level, that what I use to consider quiet, is now too loud? Are my speakers self adjusting its default volume level? You can't do that manually. Do I now have sensitive ears? Is this a sign of hearing loss? Other than me thinking that sometimes the TV is too low when other people watch TV, I havn't noticed any other signs that I can't hear as well. If anything, based on how previously what I thought was a low volume is now too loud at times, I can hear better. I don't know.
I plan on seeing the doctor or hopefully an ear specialist some day. I can't afford it right now because I don't have a job and I havn't paid the last bill yet. Will my condition get worse? Can this be treated? I think I still do have some fluid in my ear. Two times now, doctors have said that I had an ear infection, and they prescribed me pills to get rid of a bactera. That hasn't helped.