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ear weirdness query

January 18th, 2006 (12:06 am)

You're sitting along doing nothing in particular, and all of a sudden there's this kind of shift.
Maybe the way that you hear from one ear or the other just kind of changes, and there's a tone,
but it goes into the background. This isn't tinnitus. It's happened to me twice tonight. Does it have
a name?

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Posted by: Kirin (kirinn)
Posted at: January 18th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)

It's happened to me several times, though usually not twice on the same day. I'd vaguely thought to calssify it as a mild form of tinnitus, but I've never looked up the definition, so I'm likely misnomering it. (I'm also likely making up verbs.)

Posted by: Run away to DreamWidth. Come with me. (reddragdiva)
Posted at: January 18th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)

I sometimes get that with pressure changes. Remember that your inner basically does a mechanical Fourier transform of incoming sounds and sends that to the brain, so if a bit of the coil gets a knock you'll hear it as a tone.

Posted by: Run away to DreamWidth. Come with me. (reddragdiva)
Posted at: January 18th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)

inner -> inner ear

Posted by: Matt McIrvin (mmcirvin)
Posted at: January 18th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)

Yeah, what reddragdiva said. I'm prone to congestion in the head and I also have a lot of scar tissue inside my ears from childhood infections, so my Eustachian tubes plug and unplug and abruptly shed pressure a lot, and when it happens, it sort of sounds like that.

Posted by: Rebma of Oakland (diatom)
Posted at: January 19th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)

Huh. I've definitely experienced that. It was usually when I was sitting in a quiet place, contemplating things. Didn't notice any pressure changes... I used to wonder if it was aliens, or some higher level of hearing. But, I guess higher internal blood pressure would account for it too (?)...

Or something.

Posted by: persimmons (persimmons)
Posted at: January 27th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
ear weirdness

I get tinnitus (hearing tones in my ears) when I've got a sinus infection. It usually is a very pure tone, almost a sine wave, and a high frequency one at that. It especially happens when I'm trying to sleep and pressure in my sinuses has all shifted to one side of my head. Eustachian tubes can get a bit overwhelmed during a sinus infection, since they are the only barrier between the sinuses and middle ear. But I also hear brief, passing tones like this sometimes when I am not sick, perhaps due to pressure and humidity changes in the air.

Posted by: Emperor Mendacious The First (doctorellisdee)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)

where you huffing nitrous on top of LSD when this happened?

Posted by: the coproduct of doom (oonh)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)

no. just sitting around putzing online.

Posted by: Emperor Mendacious The First (doctorellisdee)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)

then maybe the actually somewhat helpful comments above are more useful, because i am at a loss to explain any phenomena not LSD + foo related.

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