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    Old 05-12-2013, 03:31 AM   #1
    spock25
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    fullness sensation in ears/hearing loss over time

    I have a different kind of hearing loss.

    It might have started a long time ago with a plane trip (maybe 20+ yrs ago) while I had a head cold - and although I immediately experienced some pain in both ears - it continued with a mild irritation in both ears.

    Then I started getting some scratching and shuffling sounds (like the sound of velcro) and also some popping and fluid-type sounds in both ears.

    Then I noticed the high and low frequencies come and go along with a kind of opening and closing sensation in both ears. So, if I got some air coming up from my stomach, my hearing would "flex" and the high and low frequenices would blast through, for a split-second, and then disappear again. This got worse with time too. ie. mostly gone.

    It resulted in a kind of closed kind of sensation and the impression my hearing had gone off.

    I tried enquiring about sinuses and eustachian tubes. They were fine and my ear drums were fine too.

    Also earlier on if there were loud noises, I would get buzzing in both ears.

    Went to possibly two Hearing Specialists. One said I was a "perfectionist".
    I went for hearing tests and the reports showed my hearing loss was within the normal range.

    Today I find it quite hard to follow normal things like, people talking, tv, movies. Crowded areas are worst.

    I think I have noticed an improvement when going on holiday and been able to radically lower my stress.

    Often it is a kind of "hot" sensation. And cooler when it feels less stressed.

    I think my hearing was starting to sharpen up when I controlled what I ate - quite strictly. ie. avoiding caffeine dairy and a strict low G.I. diet - no bread gluten starch etc.

    While I was on this strict-eating regime I was cat-napping and was woken up by a loud blast of sound - twice - like being right next to an air-conditioner or something, but there was nothing around to cause it. So maybe it is neural.

    Cranial-osteopathy seemed to alleviate it. Also explored TMJ exercises but they seemed less helpful.

    Maybe it is stress and relaxation related. A complete change of environment might be ideal, but I just have to manage it as much as possible. It cuts me off a lot from things. I have listened to a lot of music over the years being a music enthusiast was worried that this might have been causing it - I was getting fatigued hearing earlier on and I still do get fatigued easily.

    I'm not expecting too much help, but, hope I can help anyone else with this kind of problem, and maybe add some hope.

    Rob C.

    Last edited by spock25; 05-15-2013 at 08:36 PM. Reason: more concise.

     
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    Old 05-15-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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    Re: fullness sensation in ears/hearing loss over time

    Rob you're not alone. I also have that same exact fullness experience in my right ear. I'm 31. I know the moment it began when this brat kid I was babysitting set off one of the those party poppers that shoots out confetti next to my ear. It's never been the same since that day. I notice when I eat dairy and also when my stress is up that the fullness or what I call broken speaker crackling sound is more noticeable. Have you found any cure yet?

     
    Old 05-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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    Re: fullness sensation in ears/hearing loss over time

    No I haven't found any. Yes I agree about dairy products aggravating it. Thanks for replying - and I'm sorry I can't be of more help than that.

     
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