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Old 03-21-2004, 11:36 AM   #1
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Sounds seem to vibrate in my ears

Hello Everybody,

I've had problems with tinnitus for some years now, plus Menière's disease (with some episodes of violent vertigo in the past) and it seems I'm developing otosclerosis as well.

A relatively new developement for me, caused no doubt by one (or all) of the above, is a sudden, strange roaring sensation in the ears of sounds vibrating accompanied by a kind of deep droning sound, a combination that gets so loud sometimes it affects my possibilities for hearing properly. It will happen in a supermarket where there's a lot of chattering and noise, or in a restaurant, for example. It also happens if I'm feeling stressed in any way.

Another new tinnitus sound I've developed (I have 4 different ones) is one that I compare to helicopter rotor blades turning fast...just wondering if anyone else out there has similar symptoms of sounds vibrating in their ears, or has experienced something like this with either tinnitus, Meniere's or otosclerosis?

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Antoniadante

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Old 03-23-2004, 03:05 AM   #2
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Re: Sounds seem to vibrate in my ears

Hello,

I've experienced a horrible vibrating sensation intermittently which reacts predominantly to other vibrating sounds. In my case I ascertained it's muscular spasm - the best description I've ever found of it is a condition called 'idiopathic stapedial muscle spasm.' Try putting that in a search engine and it should bring up the info. I've also put some info about it on here before. If you put my name in word search on this board, plus those words in word search it should bring it up.

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Old 03-23-2004, 01:53 PM   #3
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Hello,

I've experienced a horrible vibrating sensation intermittently which reacts predominantly to other vibrating sounds. In my case I ascertained it's muscular spasm - the best description I've ever found of it is a condition called 'idiopathic stapedial muscle spasm.' Try putting that in a search engine and it should bring up the info. I've also put some info about it on here before. If you put my name in word search on this board, plus those words in word search it should bring it up.

best,

hbep
Hi hbep,

Thanks for your reply. It's most interesting for me as it's the first time I've heard of the condition 'idiopathic stapedial muscle spasm.' I checked out some of your posts (you've certainly done quite a few) and I hope your condition will steadily improve. If there's one thing we're more or less forced to learn when we have inner-ear problems - it's learning to be patient.

Whether or not what you've mentioned regarding the vibrating noise in the ears compares to what I actually have myself I'm not sure. However, to explain...

(and complain )

...a little more, part of my inner-ear damage gives the effect that my ears have a mind of their own sometimes when they sort of go off on a bizarre sound tangent. I've had tinnitus for many years (the permanent high pitched "schweppes bubbles" sound, the deep drone, the helicopter rotor blades "whap-whap-whap" that seem to have a preference for annoying me on awaking in the morning).

Then if I sit in a train for a few hours, when I get off the train my ears are full of a cacaphony of sound for sometimes hours afterwards, as though they're echoing what I've been hearing on the train except that it doesn't sound like the train, it sounds more like an undescribable hollow droning+vibrating noise. Interestingly enough, this rarely becomes as bad when I've been driving my car for a few hours. Last year I travelled on a noisy jumbo jet and took along some silicone ear plugs as a precaution, which worked very well (I took them out when meals were served, otherwise I wouldn't have heard the hostesses and stewards speaking about serving me some wine ). Recently (in the past few months) I have found that when I'm stressed, the noise and vibrations start up on their own, which never used to happen to me before. The result is that I'll be trying to listen to conversation around me through a wall of cacaphonic sound - very weird. I'm almost certain that atmospheric pressure + climate also effect the extent to which this can occur, as well. My inner-ear specialist feels these sound effects may come from the Otosclerosis and the hardening of the little sound hammer inside the inner ear, but when there's more than one inner-ear problem in a patient it's harder to diagnose the real source of a problem.

Just as a little anecdote to round off, I was in Guadeloupe for two weeks last September. Being a tropical country (near Cuba) there are miniature tree frogs that sing in a very high-pitched chorus for no less than 14 hours out of a 24-hour day (they'd start around 5pm and sing right through the night, non-stop). Amazingly, my tinnitus improved radically during those two weeks. It was nothing short of fantastic. Certainly, I was less stressed, which may have contributed to the decrease in tinnitus, but I'm interested to know whether it was the natural "white noise" provided by the tree frogs that did the trick. I've asked a friend in Guadeloupe to record a 60 minute tape of the frog sounds and send them over to me, as I've decided to try out whether hearing those sounds as I'm drifting off to sleep might help in some way. It will at least be interesting to find out.

Have a pleasant day,
Antoniadante

 
Old 03-24-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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Re: Sounds seem to vibrate in my ears

Hi, Antoniadante. You are not alone! I experience strange noises and a "vibrating" on occasion, too. You describe the various noises well -- I get the "Schweppes bubbles" and a light "tinkling" as well as a big whirring/roaring noise (usually in the opposite ear). It bothers me most when the environment is really quiet. I've also had an obnoxious buzzing sound that caused my whole head to feel as if it's vibrating. I like the tree frog idea -- I've spent several vacations in the Caribbean and just love the sounds. Penny

 
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Hi!
I don't have a big problem with tinnitus, but I have such ultra-sensitive ears. My head feels full, feels like electricity is buzzing thru and when it is at its peak my ears become very sensitive to sound. The worse time is when I go to bed and lay down. The tiniest noise can just go right thru my head!
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:26 AM   #6
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Hi, Antoniadante. You are not alone! I experience strange noises and a "vibrating" on occasion, too. You describe the various noises well -- I get the "Schweppes bubbles" and a light "tinkling" as well as a big whirring/roaring noise (usually in the opposite ear). It bothers me most when the environment is really quiet. I've also had an obnoxious buzzing sound that caused my whole head to feel as if it's vibrating. I like the tree frog idea -- I've spent several vacations in the Caribbean and just love the sounds. Penny

Thanks for your message Penny. That obnoxious buzzing sound you speak about sounds extremely familiar to me (it's doing that right now). I'll keep you informed about the tree-frog experiment (it may take a couple of months). If it works maybe the Caribbean tourist industry will be able to profit some more!

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Hi!
I don't have a big problem with tinnitus, but I have such ultra-sensitive ears. My head feels full, feels like electricity is buzzing thru and when it is at its peak my ears become very sensitive to sound. The worse time is when I go to bed and lay down. The tiniest noise can just go right thru my head!
Vicki
Hi Vicki,

You mention that even tiny noises goes right through your head - this sounds a little bit similar to Hypercusis, when our ears react more than they would normally to hearing sounds. You may already have heard of it? I get episodes of it (many people with inner ear problems do) and can usually always tell at the start of the day if I'm handling plates or croquery in the kitchen because if the sound of clattering plates hurts my ears I know that sensitivity will last for a couple of days. In case you haven't heard of it here's a website on the subject. [URL]http://www.pcl-cfa.com/hyperacu.htm[/URL] I read a couple of your posts, hope you'll feel better soon.

Antoniadante

 
Old 03-30-2004, 11:37 AM   #8
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Re: Sounds seem to vibrate in my ears

that has happened to me also but mainly when im on the phone.when the other oerson talks it vibrates through my head. very weird and scary. also i have had the whirring/roaring but when it is very quiet.

 
Old 03-31-2004, 12:23 AM   #9
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that has happened to me also but mainly when im on the phone.when the other oerson talks it vibrates through my head. very weird and scary. also i have had the whirring/roaring but when it is very quiet.
Could these symptoms you have be due to Otosclerosis?

I guess to really know what causes the sounds we hear much depends on what the underlying causes of our inner-ear problems are. I saw my specialist yesterday and had a long discussion about this. In my case there is a combination of individual inner ear disorders that can cause Tinnitus (Meniere's and Otosclerosis) which makes the diagnosis for where certain sounds stem from more difficult.

I think that at this point I'm also feeling concerned about the nervous disorders that seem to stem from the inner ear problems.The result is that any form of stress (even relatively mild) creates a cacaphony of sound in my head so that I can barely hear anything at all until I calm down. Calming down can take an hour or two, or sometimes a day or more. The result is that I've got the distinct feeling my stress levels are entirely monitored by an inner ear with a mind of its own that seems to over-react to everything I'm doing . For others who are going through the same I fully sympathise with them.

 
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