Problem with my hearing, been to doctors to little avail so far.

Hello all, first post here!

I've had a problem on and off for a few years, at certain times sounds distort, mostly in my left ear, sometimes in my right. It can be triggered by loud sound but sometimes even by my own voice. When it happens it sounds like wind blowing into a microphone or when you're on the phone to someone and it's particularity windy. I recall an ex screaming at me and it being so bad I literally couldn't make out a single word, but then on the other hand it can be my own voice so I have no clue what triggers it.

The Doctor said my ears were clear of wax from what she could see (she made comment she obviously can't see the other side of the ear drum) and it's possible I have some fluid trapped in a tube, of a name I forget and has prescribed me a nasal spray to try for a month. Failing that I should go for a hearing test.

I'm wondering if anyone knows what this is called or has experience of it? It's really hard to explain to the Doctor and I can't find much online.

  • If this has been occurring for some time I would insist on your GP referring you to an ENT specialist asap. I have found that GPs don't always treat hearing loss with the urgency they should. 

  • I'm not sure how much help this is but the only thing I can really think of is tensor tympani myoclonus or middle ear myoclonus. I've had this is the past and it's often been voice activated but also flares up by other loud noises like slamming doors or shouting. I found it caused a rumbling and fluttering sensation for me but can also cause fullness in the ear, as well as other symptoms. 

    I believe it's related to a muscle in the ear and taking things like magnesium supplements is meant to help, as well as cutting out caffeine. But I was told it was mostly anxiety based so it's just something I had to wait out, and haven't really noticed it in a long time now. I'm not sure if this is what you have, but might be worth looking up the symptoms and see if any of it sounds familiar. 

    Good luck