Strange Ear Problems

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I have a strange ear problem and would love to get some thoughts on it. My left ear reacts badly when in a noisy environment, this can be caused by music (I have to keep my headphones really quiet) or just people talking. It's particularly bad when out with a bunch of people because loud voices can be quite tough to handle. Two things happen, one is a distortion of sound, as if I'm listening to a speaker that's having problems and making distored shhh sort of noises. The other is hard to explain and feels like something sort of flapping in my ear sort of like the pressure is changing.

I've had this problem for a number of years now and it's not going away. I've seen two specialists and neither has been able to offer much guidance. I will pass the standard hearing tests with flying colours because those sorts of low level noises I don't have a problem with. My hearing is fine and my problems are more like an overlay to my hearing that get in the way and just make things uncomfortable. One specialist was able to offer no assistance and the other could only suggest holding my nose/mouth and blowing to try to pop my ears. This sometimes does help but if I'm in a busy restaurant for example then all the chatter noise will soon set my ear off again.

Would like to get some advice as my only option at present is to avoid noisy situations.

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    Maybe a small perferation? Is there any pain? You could put rolled up cottonwool and vaseline in the Left side when going into noisy situations. Do you ever get Dizzy? smile AL

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      Thanks for the reply!

      Perferation of what?

      Discomfort and I often feel something but I wouldn't go as far as to call it pain. I do get dizzy sometimes, I did this morning when I did my ear pop thing. I would say more occasional than common though.

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      Perferated ear Drum...It would be painful though. Could have excess fluid in the inner Ear or blocked eusthian tube as Jenny mentioned. Would explain ear popping and getting dizzy. When you pop, how long does it take before  your hearing changes and you need to pop again?

       

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      The dizzy thing doesn't happen that often maybe once every couple of weeks. The pop sometimes might help for 30 minutes or so but sometimes only a minute or two. It's an odd sensation after I pop because it's like I can almost feel something in my ear ready to flip back like it's on the edge of something changing and then it goes bad again.

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      When you pop your ears, you maybe creating a temporary passage through the fluid, could be the flipping is the passage opening and closing.
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    Hello Rick

    I get this too when there's a loud noise or if I even talk loud my right eardrum vibrates it's like moving back and forth and I could actually feel it have you looked into hypercasuies I think that's what Is called or even possible patleous eusthian tube that's what doctors told me but yes I do agree doc's are not much of a help these days

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    Rick your message got deleted I didn't get it I think cuz it had a link to it sorry can you send it again

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      ah well basically I was saying that from googling I found a page on cochlear hydrops at some ENT clinic caled fauquierent and that is the best match of the my symptoms as it includes the distortion and sound type symptoms but also mentions a fullness feeling which I never really thought was linked but is something I have and still have even after micro suction wax removal.
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