kylen Posted December 9, 2004 Share Posted December 9, 2004 Well finally I made the connection. For the past few years during the cold & flu season my hearing would go to hell for a while. I mistakenly attributed this to my ears 'cloggin' up and tried ear drops to clean out the extra ear wax that would appear (sorry for the biology!). Well the ear wax is a red herring and I was right about the ear being clogged up but it's on the OTHER SIDE OF THE EARDRUM, doh ! There's a little connector known as the Eustachian Tube that is responsible for keeping the pressure equalized in the middle ear. If the tube gets blocked or if there is fluid in the middle ear that can't drain...voila - your hearing is seriously screwed. Dig This: Obstruction or blockage of the eustachian tube results in a negative middle ear pressure, with retraction (sucking in) of the eardrum membrane. In the adult this is usually accompanied by some ear discomfort, a fullness or pressure feeling and may result in a mild hearing impairment and head noise (tinnitus). There may be no symptoms in children. If the obstruction is prolonged, fluid may be drawn from the mucous membrane of the middle ear creating a condition we call serous otitis media (fluid in the middle ear). This occurs frequently in children in connection with an upper respiratory infection and accounts for the hearing impairment associated with this condition. I had these symptoms as a kid and I remember being told I would grown out of it - I'm now thinking that's only partially true. I also had my adenoids removed as a child so there was really an attempt to ease all my symptoms. The past few years though I've taken a serious interest in mixing & mastering and have upgraded my monitoring equipment gradually over time to where it's pretty decent. Last night I was listening thru both my Senn HD600 and my Beyer DT770/80 phones to some music that just a few weeks ago sounded dynamic had depth and a nice stereo field (Wreaking Ball - Ken !) - it sounded like someone had flattened it with an iron and it seemed to be pretty much in MONO. I pulled out my favorite hard rock Auf DerMaur, same thing! The music even sounded BORING - I turned it off in disgust...then I got the idea this morning about the Eustachian Tube and the MIDDLE EAR, searched the internet and there are my symptoms...FINALLY after all this time. Quoted material and further article here: http://www.houseearclinic.com/eustachiantube.htm Got Hearing ? Thank your Eustachian Tube Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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