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    Old 08-15-2015, 03:28 AM   #1
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    Hearing Issue (A Musician's Perspective)

    Hello All;
    After 6 months of my hearing issue, countless appointments and quite a lot of money spent, I felt it time to speak to the public to see if anyone has any options to help me out.

    I have had a throat issue for 10 months now. I am constantly clearing my throat, and the phlegm is clear in appearance. I have had cameras down my throat and the specialists found nothing unusual. However about 6 months ago, I awoke one morning with my left ear feeling full. I am a professional musician of nearly 30 years, and I have worn audiologist made plugs for 20 years. I naturally assumed it was earwax, and the doctor cleaned my ears. However the fullness remained, and subsided a few days later. What I was left with was a low drone ( hum ) in the ear that is constant 24/7. The drone stays for a week or so, followed by the fullness again. This cycle has been going on as I mentioned for 6 months now. At times, when I moved my head form side to side, the drone goes momentarily. My sinuses are blocked occasionally, but it doesn't seem to give me much distress.

    Personally I feel that the throat condition is related to the ear issue, as it has been going on well before the ear problem occurred. The closest to a diagnosis is that I have ETD ? Over the last 2 weeks, I had almost a week of normal hearing , due to "popping my ears " regularly. However over the past few days, I got the fullness back, and today ( hooray ) back to the very loud low drone ( hum ).

    I have seen my local GP many times, been to the emergency at the Ear and Eye Hospital ( Melbourne, Australia ), had a MRI, 2 hearing tests ( perfect hearing ), acupuncture, counselling, osteopathy, Neti pots, nasal decongestants, nasal steroids, medication for fluid in the ear ( SERC and Duoretic ) which made me very psychotic and mentally unstable, as well as a highly recommended ENT, who basically said that it was all in my head. Correct....well's all in my ear ? My faith in the medical profession is in tatters. Big bucks for guess work is the way I feel about them at the moment.

    As I am a professional musician who works with very sensitive, delicate sound, I am unable to concentrate, and this condition has made me very depressed. I am unable to take anti-depressants, as I have a paradoxical reaction to medication. I don't know what to do at this point in time. so I thought I might see if anyone else has had a similar experience, and remedies to cure ( or at least relieve ) the problem.

    Any feedback ( no pun intended ) would be greatly appreciated. I apologise for my negative nature, but music is my life, and this condition is seriously affecting my way of life.

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    Old 02-17-2016, 02:56 PM   #2
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    I am sorry to hear about your medical issue. I am not a doctor, but I have a few things for you to consider. Perhaps the throat/ear issue were/are 2 separate conditions. What you are describing with your ear, "fullness, discomfort, popping", might be Hyperacusis. Since you are a musician it could be very likely you are suffering from this. Even though you have the plugs, did you always use them? I bought a Microsonic pair myself for $150 from a hearing specialist because I like to listen to loud music, but I haven't used them much, because they sound so muffled. I believe I recently suffered from Hyperacusis. I thought I had an ear infection. I had a bad cold at the time too, sinus problems, congestion. I saw a doctor and everything looked clear, no infection. Told him I had a fullness in the ear and discomfort, and he did not believe pain could be caused by loud music. Doctors believe there are no nerve endings inside the ear. Doctors are wrong much of the time. What worked for me might help your ear. Listen to nature music, waterfalls, waves crashing, pink noise, for a few months a period each day. The second thing is TMJ. "Popping" and "fullness" can be caused by this also and loud sound could exacerbate the problem. I have TMJ as well. So for me, it's a big confusion and I would never consider seeing another doctor about these problems. I'll just live with it and treat it myself. I did get better after a couple months of listening to an ocean CD, but as soon as I turned up my built in Kicker amp/sub combo to a higher than normal level, symptoms came back. I think I'm going to start wearing those plugs. Good news is, my hearing was tested and excellent. No tinnitus. You should relax as much as possible, try not to think about it.

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