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Old 08-15-2003, 08:54 AM   #1
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Question Hollow noise in the ears

Has anyone ever experienced times when you one ear has hollow noises in it? You can hear your breathing through that ear but not the other? Everything sounds louder yet hollow? I have been having this for quite some time. It comes and goes but is frequent. If I turn my head upside down and then stand up again it helps sometimes. It may be for only a short time but it is a little relief. I have been to the Specialist and they have no clue. They tell me it is something with one tube not closing properly. They gave me a testosterone spray and said it should help and it didn't. They have no other solutions that they can suggest to me to try. It is driving me crazy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-17-2003, 05:09 AM   #2
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My guess is that you have a problem withy pressure equalization through your eustachian tube.
If you VERY GENTLY hold your nose and blow SLIGHTLY can you feel your middle ears inflate? Does the sound change at all when it does?

If it's overinflated, does yawning sometimes cause things to come back to normal sound.

There are techniques for inflating or deflating to equalize pressure. Tricky but learnable.

Old 08-17-2003, 05:20 AM   #3
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I have tried that. It may work for a little bit and then I am back to square one again. I never know when this will hit an it is really irritating. Infact here of late the ear has actually started getting sore. The doctor says the tube stays open and blames it on smog, smoking, fumes around the house, anything but a cure. It has gone months at a time and not happened and then all at once I go through a spell of it being constant. I even thought it could be stress and have tried Xanax to help stress, alas no success. But what you suggested has helped some in the past but not always. Thanks, will keep trying though. joyshow

Old 08-28-2003, 07:42 AM   #4
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I am having the same problem. It sounds like I am yelling when I talk to people. I know some people have tried tubes but I have heard horror stories from them. Please let me know if you have found a solution

Old 08-28-2003, 07:37 PM   #5
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Hi dquillman,
No luck yet and it is driving me crazy. I sound loud to me and like you said others think I am screaming at them...yet they don't sound loud to me. I spoke to my doctor and she said I should try another specialist so unless I get an idea here that works I see the ENT guy on Sept. 15th. Like I said it is weird. Right now it is fine and then all of a sudden there it goes off with a mind of its own. I tried yawning....holding my nose...deep swallows...and turning my head upside down to may or may not help and if it does it is only for a few minutes.....then it is right back to square one again. I asked the doctor if it could be wax and she said no. I am however using some Debrox that disolves ear wax and you can buy it at the drugstore or WalMart. I hope soon I find a solution. Will keep you posted.

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