Originally Posted by hbep
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.
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...
...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,