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I have strange sensations of movement somewhere inside and around my ear. It could be the (palatini?) muscles contracting and expanding? Nov 25, 2020 at 12:00 AM

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    1. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I have strange sensations of movement somewhere inside and around my ear. It could be the (palatini?) muscles contracting and expanding?
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        And if I wiggle my mouth around I feel a “glob” of something inside, in that area. Can only assume it’s squished up tissue. Hurts as usual, etc.
        Nov 25, 2020 at 12:11 AM
    2. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Pop, crackle, crackle, pain, crackle, POP, crackle, pain, PAIN, crackle, pop - and repeat for nearly 5 months. A bone only takes 5 weeks...
    3. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      The balloon dilation surgery is booked; and now I wait. Wait and see.
      1. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Oh yay! Absolutely best of luck Gareth! I hope it helps.
        Nov 6, 2020
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    4. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I’m trying to work out the frequency of my T - it’s a metallic static; but every tester I’ve tried has been for pure tone noise. Any ideas?
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      3. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        @Gareth Davies thank you. yeah loudness isn't an issue anymore. I don't hear it driving or in the house with low ambient noise around. I don't hear it outside. I'm experiencing almost complete silence. In the last few days, most tones have actually vanished. I have one annoying morsecode sound left. But even that is fading. I haven't done anything specific - just protected my ears. How's yours these days?
        Nov 3, 2020
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      4. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Jealous ;) But that’s good news then! The same as it was in September really. I can’t hear it that’s much outside or if I move quickly. But staying still indoors? I put an electrical masking noise on (which luckily masks 100%). I don’t seem to get spikes - though I don’t feel tempted to test that theory anytime soon haha.
        Nov 3, 2020
      5. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I don’t think it’s going to progress or improve any further until the ETD is resolved (it’s like a cereal commercial in there).
        Luckily I’ve got a double ENT appointment this week - public and private.
        If they re-confirm evidence of inflammation and the dilation surgery is green-lit, there might be changes in the future.
        Again, just got to stay hopeful...
        Nov 3, 2020
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    5. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      My right ear has started popping after a hike. A lot. 117 POPs in 15 minutes! Do I get to win a Guinness World Record maybe? :o
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      2. musicblue
        musicblue
        Maybe. You could go on top of the pops?
        Oct 17, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        At long last, all of my dreams are coming true!
        Oct 17, 2020
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    6. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      ETD is determined to crush my right ear cavity into smush. It is “exquisitely” uncomfortable.
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    7. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Does anyone’s T get temporarily MUCH louder when they yawn? (As in for the duration of the yawn only.) Because mine does :o
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      3. Michael01
        Michael01
        Mine changes both pitch and sound on certain jaw movements,but for now that's only temporarily.
        Oct 16, 2020
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      4. aot
        aot
        Mine used to.
        Oct 16, 2020
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      5. donotringatme
        donotringatme
        our TMJ is too close to the ear. Or nerve endings in the joint cartilage somehow get irritated from the joint itself, due to position or due to muscle tension. ETD is being caused by the same damn thing... if you have been clenching, mewing or chewing hard, don’t.
        Oct 17, 2020
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    8. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Woke up today like somebody had punched me in the ear / half deaf. Genuinely can’t tell if it’s the ETD or some inner ear inflammation.
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      2. Croaker
        Croaker
        It could be sudden sensorineural hearing loss which is likely to be reversible if you start treatment immediately
        Oct 11, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I was carrying out some ETD exercises last night, maybe that irritated the inflammation? Managed to pop my ear after a few hours; ringing has died down a bit :S Tapping the front of my ear is a bit like tapping a balloon - so I’m hoping it’s just unbalanced air pressure rather than SSHL.
        Oct 11, 2020
      4. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I think my hearing has gone back to normal - I can hear the rustling of pages at arm’s length, for example. I’ll speak with my audiologist first thing.
        Oct 11, 2020
    9. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Noise has definitely changed from a buzzing to a fizzling now.
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      2. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Oh that sounds like good news! :) I've had just fizzing before. So much more tolerable.
        Oct 7, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        It is much easier to listen to! :) Okay, it’s still a noise, but much less annoying :D
        Oct 7, 2020
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      4. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Awesome - congratulations! It ought to continue to improve. Often the more it improves, the slower it seems to improve, but improve it does and before you know it you will be feeling a lot better.
        Oct 8, 2020
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    10. Solose
      Solose
      I think I finally figured out how to send my message through, so you might get it but might not haha. The gist of it is it turned out to be an autoimmune problem not an infection. I still have it and don't love but have found ways to live with it and be ok for the most part.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Sorry to hear that was the case! (I hope your AI is minor.) Yeah, people on this board advise acceptance or total emotional apathy when it comes to T. All the best either way!
        Oct 4, 2020
    11. Solose
      Solose
      Hi I just wanted to let you know I got your PM but the forum site won't let me post a reply and keeps saying it looks like SPAM, not sure why. I don't go on this site anymore but just wanted you to know I wasn't ignoring your message on purpose.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Haha - it said it looked like spam?
        No problem at all :)
        In that case, can I assume you have habituated or healed perhaps?
        Oct 4, 2020
    12. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Well, I’ve entered the 3 months mark; I guess I’ll just have to see what the next 3-6 months, or couple of years give me! :S
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I have seen improvement; day zero it was originally a horrible CACOPHONY of metal drills / scraping metal with multiple tones and random, loud “biting” spikes that lasted microseconds apiece; I’d get dozens of them per day.
        No fun.
        Sep 27, 2020
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      4. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Now it’s a single tone in my right ear. A thin line of sound; like the noise the filament of a light bulb makes, made audible.
        Unfortunately, the volume is not whisper quiet, but it’s better than it was. The inflammation in my ear is improved (though present), and my eardrum can still crackle at will.
        Sep 27, 2020
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      5. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I will just have to patiently wait for more change; as tough as that is some days :) Sometimes it’s happier though - there’s a degree of volatility.
        Outside it’s pretty good, so hiking and general walks have been quasi-breaks from it. Kind of miss swimming though (can’t risk more infections!)
        Sep 27, 2020
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    13. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Sizzling noise now coming out of what feels like my neck - it keeps you on your toes, this condition, I’ll give it that.
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      2. Gabriel5050
        Gabriel5050
        Actually chuckled at that. Good on you, being able to apply humour to it. Stay strong, brother.
        Sep 26, 2020
    14. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I honestly can’t tell sometimes if I have T in both ears, or if it’s just sound from the post-infection ear conducting through my head.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Like, if I put my good ear on a pillow when trying to sleep, but it’s not always there. Weird.
        Sep 23, 2020
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    15. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Anyone know a good online source (preferably hours long) of electrical noise? The cracklier the better? Google / YouT ain’t pulling up much.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Nevermind, I found something which masks and can go on a loop :)
        Sep 21, 2020
      2. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        This isn't Exactly what you asked about, but perhaps it will help - cat's purring: https://purrli.com/
        Sep 22, 2020
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    16. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Considering getting melatonin for sleep. Once I’m out, I’m out until morning; but anything that helps initialise sleep will be useful.
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      2. Kriszti
        Kriszti
        Try it! It's pretty harmless, some experience vivid dreams. Hasn't helped me, but lots of people with sleep issues get good results from melatonin. Weird thing is that I think you have to experiment with dosage. I was better off on 3 mg, than on 9mg.
        Sep 16, 2020
      3. Born To Slay
        Born To Slay
        If that doesn’t work, I’d try Benadryl. It works really well for me.
        Sep 16, 2020
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    17. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I can hear (almost feel) a “pattering” noise in my right ear when I fully mask with water via a tap. It stops when I stop the water?
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      2. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        TTTS?
        Sep 16, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        From an ear infection?
        Sep 16, 2020
      4. Croaker
        Croaker
        tensor tympani spasming. probably from hyperacusis but idk about the role your infection plays. avoid noises that cause it for a few weeks at least. the middle ear needs rest in my experience.
        Sep 16, 2020
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    18. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Another question! Aside from time, healthy foods, curcumin, nasal sprays and more time; is there anything for middle ear inflammation? Ta :)
    19. Bill Bauer
      Bill Bauer
      It isn't the volume going up, it's T becoming easier to hear once the other sounds aren't there.
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      2. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        @BillBauer you are exactly right with that one! When I put my earplugs in before I start driving, the volume always seems a lot lower than after the journey, when I turn my car off. But it's not actually louder - it's the perception of it being louder as there's no longer noise covering it.
        Sep 13, 2020
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      3. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Back when my T would spike as a result of a shower, at one point I had been wearing earplugs to the shower.
        Sep 13, 2020
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      4. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        @Bill Bauer I also used earplugs in the shower. However, I've stopped now. I didn't feel they made a difference personally.
        Sep 13, 2020
    20. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Is 75dB dangerous for ears recovering from ear infection T? Just measured it whilst in the car.
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      2. Kriszti
        Kriszti
        I think it must have to do something with the frequency as well. I do hear it in the car (normally I wear earpro, but have tried without it too) whereas in much, much quieter situations I don't.
        Sep 12, 2020
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      3. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Are you wearing earplugs in those quieter situations?
        Sep 12, 2020
      4. Kriszti
        Kriszti
        No. I mean I can hear it in the car without earplugs, and don't hear at home with background music or the TV on without earplugs as well. I don't understand how it works. If I put earplugs in/earmuffs on, volume goes up of course.
        Sep 12, 2020
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    21. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      So, erm, I’ve been reading up on visual snow. Seems to be a link between tinnitus and VS. Sometimes it appears later. What are my chances?
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      2. sleepingsiren
        sleepingsiren
        I thought I'd have vs only because I have tinnitus. I really think it is unlikely, I've asked my doctor and optometrist about this.
        Sep 7, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Sorry, I wasn’t clear. No I don’t have VS. But I was just wondering on how likely it could happen (or does there lie madness?), and whether there are any steps to prevent it or at least reduce the chance - beyond healthy living.
        Sep 7, 2020
      4. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Over the past 3.5 years, I've read the posts of about 3-4 people who had reported that they got VS. I don't think it is common.
        Sep 8, 2020
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    22. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Tinnitus has now transitioned into an more bearable, if annoying, electrical buzzing. Fingers crossed for more improvement!
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      2. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Awesome!! This is a major development. It ought to continue to fade. The next stage is a hiss.
        Sep 4, 2020
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Thank you Bill! I hope so too.
        Sep 4, 2020
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    23. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Silly question; but I am safe to use my kitchen/cooking fan on a daily basis? Need it cook healthy meals, but at the same time, it's noise.
      1. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Whatever doesn't feel too loud and doesn't result in a T spike is probably safe. Even Some of the things that feel loud and result in minor T spikes are Probably safe (but personally I have been choosing to avoid things like that and it has worked out well for me).
        Aug 31, 2020
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    24. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Whenever I do steam inhalation, I hear a slight pop below my right ear (the one that had an infection) - is that the ET tube opening?
    25. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Right ear is now completely blocked after sleeping. Muffled hearing, pressure and T. Have inquired with doctor into balloon exp. surgery.
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      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I’m sorry Bill. That must have been a extremely tough time.
        Your mental resilience must be titanium at this point.
        I’m actually thinking of cancelling my dental appointment for next month, or asking that manual tools be used instead.
        Aug 23, 2020
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Perhaps, you’re right. I need to stop reading horror stories on this forum.
        It’s just that the noise last night was akin to dozens of high-vibration steel wires relentlessly scraping against each other. It’s quieter today - the ear released some air, reducing pressure, etc, etc.
        Thanks again.
        Aug 23, 2020
      4. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        >I’m actually thinking of cancelling my dental appointment for next month, or asking that manual tools be used instead.

        If it's a dental cleaning appointment, there is no need to cancel it. But make sure to ask for them to use only the manual tools. There is no downside - manual tools are as effective as the ultrasonic scaler.
        Aug 23, 2020
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    26. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      How long does it take inflammation / fullness in the ear to heal, after an middle ear infection? It’s like someone shoved a peach there :/
      1. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Months...
        Aug 18, 2020
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    27. Thuan
      Thuan
      I had T from a right ear infection. I still have it after 2 years. I can say that after the first few months, my T went from moderate to mild (didn't bother me) and stayed at mild but I got careless and my T has developed to moderate for two straight months. Don't be careless.
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      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Mind if I ask if it was your first ear infection? And whether it was inner or middle infection?
        I hope yours settles down.
        Aug 10, 2020
      3. Thuan
        Thuan
        It was my first ever ear infection. Was initially an outer ear infection and then became an middle ear infection.
        Aug 10, 2020
    28. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      T spike woke me up at night. Extremely loud; louder than its been in weeks. Why? What happened? It’s only in the ear that had the infection.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        The only difference is that the pressure in my right-ear (the one that was infected) is gone and I had a decongestant before going to sleep (I take a nasal spray in the morning.)
        Aug 10, 2020
      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Other than that, no loud noise exposure during the day; so I don’t know why it’s happening :(
        It’s been okay recently. Now it’s a horrific high-pitch scream.
        Aug 10, 2020
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Apparently “decongestants (pseudoephedrine) can aggravate tinnitus by raising blood pressure” - well, last time I have one.
        I took it because I thought it would help my ETD...
        Aug 10, 2020
    29. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Spoke with my ENT today. Apparently there is no damage to my hearing / ears. However, he does believe I have ETD. Any suggestions?
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        He printed off a couple of pieces of paper from the tympanometry machine; one indicated my left ear (which he stated looked normal) and the second my right ear, which had the infection, the reading on that was abnormal. I haven't flown anywhere in more than a month. I also have a weird sticky/crackly feeling whenever I move the right-side of my face.
        Aug 4, 2020
      4. serendipity1996
        serendipity1996
        An extended audiogram tests for hearing loss in the upper high frequencies. Standard audiograms only measure up to 8khz, and do not cover the 8khz-16khz range that is covered by an extended audiogram. Ask for one although not every place will offer one - you may need to call around! I know they sometimes use extended audiograms to test hearing loss in cancer patients, as many cancer drugs are ototoxic.
        Aug 5, 2020
      5. serendipity1996
        serendipity1996
        Alternatively, you could have hidden hearing loss, which is damage to the synapses that connect to the hair cells - this is not measurable on an audiogram and typically manifests as speech in noise difficulties.
        Aug 5, 2020
    30. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Slowly going insane. Can’t sleep.
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      3. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        However, the good news is that for most people it gets better. There's even a pretty good chance that eventually you will get to the "can hear it only in quiet rooms" stage. You will want to make sure that you don't hurt your ears during this period of vulnerability as your body is healing.
        Aug 2, 2020
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      4. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        You will want to avoid taking ototoxic drugs, avoid microsuction or syringing (performed when you need to clean wax out of your ears; a manual tool should be used), and not let your dental hygienist use an ultrasonic scaling tool on you (a manual tool should be used).
        Aug 2, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Tinnitus Since:
    03/07/2020
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    Middle Ear Infection & ETD