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    Old 11-30-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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    Autophony and diminished hearing

    Hi all,

    I've been struggling with a hearing problem for several months now. My symptoms are autophony (I hear my voice echo inside my head) and what I can only describe as diminished hearing. Everything sounds faraway and far less clear than it should.

    I noticed the problem in my right ear in February, after going to a loud concert, which made my ears ring for a couple of days. It was very mild then and I don't know if it was caused by the concert or I just noticed it then because I was paying closer attention to my hearing. I tried the valsalva manoeuvre (blocking my nose and blowing) and realised I couldn't get the right ear to pop. The left ear would pop and fill with air but the right ear never would.

    My hearing gradually got worse until July, when I saw an ENT specialist and got a hearing test. He didn't know what I had and said my hearing test was fine, except that the audiologist said it suggested a patulous eustachian tube on the right (i.e. too open, not blocked at all). I'd been valsalva'ing every now and then to try and open the tube and one day it did open, but that didn't help the bad hearing or autophony at all. Just for the hell of it, I tried using a nasal steroid spray and valsalva'ing to get it in the eustachian tube.

    This might have been a bad thing to do because after a week of this the other ear got bad too. Pretty much the same symptoms, except not at bad as my right ear. Another weird symptom I get only in my left ear is a kind of flutter sound after a loud noise or when I tap the outside of my ear. There's always a half-second delay before it, and it only happens sometimes, for certain periods of time.

    Does anyone have any idea what these symptoms point to? They're incredibly frustrating and I just hope there's something I can do. I thought it might be PET but the autophony hasn't once got any better, whereas PET sufferers often get relief by bending over or lying down.

     
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    Re: Autophony and diminished hearing

    I have patleous eust tube (left ear only) and find that a t long stay tube in my ear drum lets the air out through the hole and therefore the autophony goes away (latest t tube in for 12 + years) . Re the flutter I had a hair on my ear drum which caused a similar feeling and the ENT removed it and then it was ok.

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    Hi all,

    I've been struggling with a hearing problem for several months now. My symptoms are autophony (I hear my voice echo inside my head) and what I can only describe as diminished hearing. Everything sounds faraway and far less clear than it should.

    I noticed the problem in my right ear in February, after going to a loud concert, which made my ears ring for a couple of days. It was very mild then and I don't know if it was caused by the concert or I just noticed it then because I was paying closer attention to my hearing. I tried the valsalva manoeuvre (blocking my nose and blowing) and realised I couldn't get the right ear to pop. The left ear would pop and fill with air but the right ear never would.

    My hearing gradually got worse until July, when I saw an ENT specialist and got a hearing test. He didn't know what I had and said my hearing test was fine, except that the audiologist said it suggested a patulous eustachian tube on the right (i.e. too open, not blocked at all). I'd been valsalva'ing every now and then to try and open the tube and one day it did open, but that didn't help the bad hearing or autophony at all. Just for the hell of it, I tried using a nasal steroid spray and valsalva'ing to get it in the eustachian tube.

    This might have been a bad thing to do because after a week of this the other ear got bad too. Pretty much the same symptoms, except not at bad as my right ear. Another weird symptom I get only in my left ear is a kind of flutter sound after a loud noise or when I tap the outside of my ear. There's always a half-second delay before it, and it only happens sometimes, for certain periods of time.

    Does anyone have any idea what these symptoms point to? They're incredibly frustrating and I just hope there's something I can do. I thought it might be PET but the autophony hasn't once got any better, whereas PET sufferers often get relief by bending over or lying down.

     
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