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Can I get a hearing?

Since I think Friday I've had a problem with my hearing. It's a little bit like ringing and a little bit like being stuffed up. It's not painful, but it's annoying. The world seems muffled, distant. It's hard to hear what people are saying, and I'm saying "Excuse me?" a lot more.

Something very like this happened to me last year as well, and when I got my annual check-up I asked the doctor about it. He peered into my ears, and he said there wasn't anything wrong. He suggested I "equalize" the pressure, like divers do. It went away after two or three weeks.

I have no idea what it is. The lack of understanding is almost as bothersome as the symptoms.

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croneitude
Jan. 21st, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
I know someone who discovered they had a spider trapped in their ear. Just sayin'.
randy_byers
Jan. 21st, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Cue "Twilight Zone" music.
scarlettina
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
Off with thee to the ear-nose-and-throat guy. Seriously. Sometimes these things don't just go away on their own.
randy_byers
Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll give it a week.
don_fitch
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
Having spent most of my life being "hard of hearing", and the last year or so being "profoundly deaf", yeah, I'd suggest that after a week or so you'd best find another MD. Not that much is likely to be able to be done about it, but...

voidampersand
Jan. 22nd, 2015 06:36 am (UTC)
If it is blocked ears, it might help to take a decongestant. Warmth and humidity might help too. When I was growing up, a standard home remedy was to drape a towel over one's head and stand over a boiling tea kettle.
randy_byers
Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
Good suggestions. Thanks!
surliminal
Jan. 23rd, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
Getting ears syringed is very simple and almost cost free. Would have thought worth asking Dr to try that.or get ears candled somewhere local but not always as effective ( oddly did you notice that going on in background at start of The Congress for no real reason. .) tinnitus.?
randy_byers
Jan. 23rd, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
I hope not! And yeah, that candling scene in The Congress seems pretty disconnected, but I think it's actually related to the boy's hearing problems that we learn about only later.
surliminal
Jan. 23rd, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ah of course! At time I thought just random surreality
wrdnrd
Jan. 24th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have constant tinnitus in both ears with otherwise normal hearing (i'm one of the small percentage that has neurological tinnitus, so i can't even say i lost my hearing due to something fun like rock concerts, YAY). I also have (apparently) small sinuses and constant non-allergic (i'm a medical weirdo!) rhinitis. So i've come to know my ears and nose pretty well.

The other year i suddenly developed a very annoying low-grade humming on top of the ringing. At urgent care it turned out my sinuses were almost 100% blocked up. They recommended decongestants or a spray like Afrin. Neti pot might help, too -- i didn't try that at the time.

Voidampersand's suggestion to also have your ears cleaned is a good one. You can get a kit from a pharmacy to do it yourself at home. The effectiveness is okay, especially if you get one with the drops to help soften any wax. And then you're saved a trip to the doctor. If you do go to the doctor, they'll probably use water to clear it out, which is a weird sensation but really effective. Watch out if they come after you with a tiny curette -- the one time a doc used that on me, they bumped my ear drum and i woke up lying on the table.
randy_byers
Jan. 24th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
It's definitely gotten better since I wrote my post, but I've had my ears cleaned before and should look into doing that again. Thanks!
wrdnrd
Jan. 29th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
Glad it's clearing up! That feeling of being muffled and cut off is really damn annoying. Was also worried we'd have to communicate with you via pantomime at Potlatch.
randy_byers
Jan. 29th, 2015 03:27 am (UTC)
If the hubbub is loud enough, we may still have to!
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