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Old 6th February 2006, 05:05 AM   #1
sangram is offline sangram  India
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Hi everybody.

I went offline for about 20 days and have been struggling to save my right ear from complete deafness.

The story is: I was on a flight on the 20th of this month and I had a bad sinus cold. The air pressure in the cabin caused a blood vessel to burst in my inner ear, causing a clot. I took a return flight on the same day and the problem obviously worsened. After three days of trying an unsuccessful treatment using antibiotics and ear drops, I went to see an ENT specialist, who diagnosed it for what it was.

My audiometry and impedance tests diagnosed it as a 'Conductive Hearing loss' and recommended a Myringtomy procedure to remove the fluid build-up in the middle ear. I went through the procedure on Friday and am back today. There is still a lot of loss, distortion nd echo in the right ear, coupled with a constant 2.5-3 KHz whistling tone that will apparently go in only about three weeks, according to my doc.

Short story: Please use decongestants before you fly if you have a cold. You don't want to go through what I went through, trust me. Specially if you're on this community that loves music.
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Old 6th February 2006, 07:33 AM   #2
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That's bad news sangram.
I hope you get better soon.

I've had somewhat similar experiences,
but in my case the symptoms suddenly showed up for no apparent reason at all.
But eventually it got better again

Makes you think ...
We tend to take our hearing for granted. Until something happens....

Get well!

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Old 6th February 2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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I once hurt one of my ears just by driving across a mountain range here.

I dive as well, but diving with a cold is a very bad idea
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Old 6th February 2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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I got a heavy cold about 3 years ago, and my right ear went pop just as I was going to sleep, and then buzzed.

I had a MRI scan about 2years ago which turned out ok.

I also had a hearing test, and the test confirmed my hearing in my right ear was quite a few decibels down in the higher frequencies. (doc told me that I would find female voices difficult to hear in that ear).

I characterise the noise in my ear as a sort of white noise combined with muffled / fullness of the ear.

I'm wondering whether I have something similar but the specialist said that the virus I had probably caused some nerve damage.

Kind regards,

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Old 6th February 2006, 12:28 PM   #5
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Thats no good! I feel for ya..

I went shooting with a friend once,for fun.(not a very common activity for me.) On the way I asked him how loud the guns were (a 12Ga Shotgun and a AR15? I think.) He said they were both similar in "loudness"...I've handled a 12gauge a bit before,so I figured I knew what to expect...

Good Lord. That AR15 rifle is *BLEEPING* LOUD! It made the ground under my feet "thump" -I could feel it move everytime it was fired!

My ears were ringing hard for a few days..and I was dizzy and disoriented at equlllibrium was whacked.
I missed calls on my cellphone on the way home cause I just didn't hear it. The ringing and everything went away after about a week,but I think there may be (minor) permanent damage now.
I can still hear fine,but it just seems "different" than it used to be ?

Along with being careful about flying and/or diving while congested- Please! wear earplugs while shooting,or doing any other loud activities! Please!

It really is true how you take hearing for granted,until you can't hear. It seriously sucks to be deaf,even temporarily.
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Old 6th February 2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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Best wishes for a full recovery Sangram. The same to the others who have experienced similar.
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Old 7th February 2006, 04:10 AM   #7
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Hi, thanks Cal and everybody else.

The thing is we don't realise these small things: how can a common cold affect our ears? That's the part I found the most tragic. I use candy and cotton wool on every flight, I've been flying for over 12 years now, and this is the first time something like this happened to me, and not because of my ears, but because of my cold.

It's well-known that loud sounds can make you deaf. But a cold? Come on!!!

ash_dac: My ear noise was similar to yours, a sort of white noise, but after the surgery it's become a whistle. about 2.5 KHz sine tone (I checked). I feel for you, with the possible damage. I pray I don't have something like that (which we won't know for a long time). I have a delay in the right ear still and a lot of crackling and blockage, will take a few eeks but doctor thinks it's gonna be OK.
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Old 7th February 2006, 04:59 AM   #8
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I am really sorry to hear that.
I`ll keep my fingers crossed for you to have a quick and full recovery.

Best wishes,
Note to myself: Never again use fingers to check if there still is voltage left in a capacitor...
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