Why Do I Hear So Much Better When I Touch My Ear (Tragus) with My Finger?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Martinf, Aug 25, 2020.

    1. Martinf
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      Martinf Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress
      Okay guys, this has been on my mind for very long time and I can't seem to find an explanation for this. I know that cupping your hand around your ear can help to amplify sounds and boost frequencies between 1 kHz and 4 kHz but I am not talking about that. If I touch my tragus with my one finger for example, everything suddenly sounds so much brighter.

      Let's say I am hearing crickets and the sound is very far and faint. If I touch my tragus, the sound will be near and very clear. If I am cooking or hearing a machine sound, or white noise etc... just by touching my tragus everything will sound so rich and shiny. When I listen to music and I touch my tragus I hear the Hi-Hats and cymbals much better, even the snares will sound richer. It is like I hear more the clarity and the sizzle of the music, there's a lot of details in music that I couldn't hear without touching my tragus!

      It is like I have low-pass filter at 6 kHz that I can only cancel with touching my tragus. Cupping my ears with my hands will not let me hear the high frequencies I hear with touching my tragus.

      I wanted to test my hearing with pure tones on my computer speaker, I put the volume on 10% and started testing from low to high frequencies. After 4.5 kHz the sound start to diminish until 6 kHz. The 6 kHz was sounding very faint and I couldn't hear anything above it. I touched my tragus and the magic happens, the 6 kHz sounded so freaking loud suddenly, but when I "untouched" my tragus I heard the 6 kHz very faint, so if I touch and release I will hear (Beep, Beep, Beep...) I kept increasing the frequency while touching my tragus, I got to about 7 kHz and then the sound start to diminish slowly until 10.5 kHz.

      I have 15 dB hearing loss at 5 kHz and about 25 dB at 6 kHz (more hearing loss on higher frequencies).

      I figure out that with touching my tragus I amplify these high frequencies, and I would hear them just like if I didn't have any hearing loss at all in that range. I would be interested to know if somebody here is experiencing the same?

      Is there anybody who has an explanation for this? Now I listen to all the music with fingers on tragus LOL!

      @Contrast I would like to hear your opinion on this :)
       
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      Martinf
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      Martinf Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress
      Does anybody have any idea? It is just crazy how well I can hear when I touch my Tragus. Whenever I do this I hear sounds that are not audible for me without touching my ears. Sometimes I can modulate my tinnitus with pinching my Tragus or pushing it inside my ear canal or pulling it out. I am thinking of going to another ENT just for this thing!
       

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