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Old 09-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Deafness/ Hearing loss when turning head to right?

I have no idea if this is related to my labyrinthitis, but Ive had this hearing problem when turning my head to the right for 3 to 4 years now.. without the labyrinthitis.

So each time I turn my head to the right, I just feel like I have some hearing loss. Ive noticed it also happens when someone puts themselves close to that ear, for example when getting a hug. I dont know what this is, but have a distant memory from a few years back while I was in the supermarket. I just started to see the whole place spin for a few seconds.. not sure if it was due to
looking around quickly, but It scared me! I panicked at the time thinking I was going to either faint or was having a seizure or something like that.. But I now know it was vertigo and a panic attack. It happened maybe 3 times then went away for a year or two. Came back again in a shop while I was stressing. Then went away until it hit me a few months back.

Dont know exactly what this is.. I have started to feel slightly better but still get slightly spinny when looking at text on the computer at times or when looking at a page when scrolling, moving images seem to cause it sometimes.

Anyone relate to this? I dont particularly like to talk about my past as such due to it being pretty awful, but I dont know if its related.. I used to self harm by hitting myself in the head trying to hurt myself to show a physical pain to people because I felt at the time no one understood my pain, but I wonder if I somehow gave myself BPPV by hitting my head?

I dont self harm anymore by the way for anyone out there who reads this. I have sorted my life out since then, and recieve support now.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Re: Deafness/ Hearing loss when turning head to right?

Hi there,
It may not have anything to do with it, but have you considered getting your neck evaluated by a good physiotherapist, preferably one with a strong muscoskeletal background?

I've had this problem off and on for a long time myself, except that I'd experience a temporary loss in hearing whenever bending over or holding my neck in a certain position. I've also experienced frightening spells of sudden vertigo, which seem to happen out of the blue. I consulted several ENT specialists, who didn't seem to find anything out of the ordinary and one even suggested it was vestibular neuronitis which would clear up on its own. But it continued to plague me off and on for years until I finally discovered that the problems could be positional, and went for intensive physiotherapy on my neck. As it turned out, the muscles in my neck and back of my head were so tight that they were causing the occasional vertigo, tinnitus and temporary deafness, not to mention eustachian tube problems while flying, etc! With the help of my physio, I was able to eliminate these symptoms with deep tissue massage etc.

It is worth bearing in mind that not every single physio may agree that muscle disorders/tightness can cause these symptoms, but I can only speak from my personal experience and I am 100% sure they caused mine, so it's worth investigating if it might be at all relevant to you. I hope this helps.

Old 05-08-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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Re: Deafness/ Hearing loss when turning head to right?

You may have a muscular cause. I've heard that trigger points in the SCM muscle can cause reversible hearing loss. Try finding a really good massage therapist who knows trigger points. A lot will list that they know them, but they have a lot of misinformation about them and don't. I've found that out after paying for a treatment. There is a CMTPT certification for trigger points. Some are much better who don't have it, but you could try that.

I had a strange hearing loss that lasted for a minute, not sure what caused it. I was on a declined bench press for several minutes working with dumbells and when I got up I felt fine except I could barely hear anything in both ears. It was very scary. Everything sounded extremely muffled. I was not light headed at all, I don't think.

I think I've had vestibular ear poisoning in the past and have tinnitus and I have myofascial pain syndrome in my neck and head so it is hard to say. I asked an ENT if this could be normal and he didn't seem to want to answer.

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