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jellycow posted:
Afternoon.

For the past few days I've been noticing a change in the way the world sounds.. In my left ear, there is a subtle feeling of pressure, as though I need to yawn or pop my ears in some fashion, though nothing has worked to clear the pressure. With the pressure, at times, is slight discomfort..

Additionally, my hearing is distorted and mildly impaired in my left ear. I am hearing things in multiple "tones", if you will. (much like a generic 'robot' sound or how Eve talks in the movie Wall-E...) It's really the only way to describe the distortion. Anyways, anything I take in in my left ear sounds that way- my own voice, other voices, background noises etc. It seems to pertain to all pitches and has not gone away since it started 3 days ago when I woke up.

I've looked up information on both Otitis Media (with and without effusion), but my allergies have been fine, my adenoids were removed 6 years ago with my tongsils, and I have no signs (to my knowledge) of an infection or virus...

However, I came across information on various Eustachian tube dysfunctions.. Yet I don't hear my own breathing in the way it describes..

Anyway, that's all I know at the moment and I'm stumped...
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
You are going to need to see a good ENT....have a comprehensive examination of your ears, throat, vocal cords, and an audiogram (hearing test). This is not something that can be easily solved, let alone treated, over the Internet.

Yes, PET (patulous eustachian tubes) can be one of the considerations, however, without a hands-on examination, I would not know if this is a possibility for you. There are many things that can cause hearing aberrations, so it would be in your best interest to get it checked out.

At this point....solely with the information you have provided....I am stumped as well.
 
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nelsoc2 responded:
Hi Jellycow,

I am going through the EXACT same thing. It happened to me once last year (June 2008) and I saw an ENT specialist. He put me on Prednisone (60mg for 5 days) and i got better after 2 days (of the 5 days of the meds).

Anyways, this June(09), I get the strange robotic sounds in my left ear again, and I cant get my ear to pop (feels like when I go up in a plane but cant make it pop).

Since then, I have been off and on the steroids every 2 weeks since June 6th and it is only helping me for about 4 days and then goes back to the preasure/robotic sound. I have a doctors appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this week.

Hope to god they can figure out what this is as I am already deaf in my right ear.

I will post again with any information I get.
 
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Trucha responded:
I to have this sound in my ear i first noticed it one morning when i woke up i could hear it in my right ear for about half the day that was about three to five months ago. Then two nights before this one well during the day tonights ago the sound came back and has not gone away its like you and others have described but when i go to work i put my head phones on and take calls from customers and the robtic sound gets louder and echos over its self if you have any other thoughts anyone on what this could be............ AN OWL SITS ON A BRANCH FOR KNOWLEDGE
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Your posting is really to vague to narrow down a diagnosis. Unless I had the ability to examine you and take a more thorough medical history, I can only blindly guess that you, too, have an issue with your Eustachian tubes and/or middle ear.

The only way that you can be properly diagnosed is for you to see your medical provider -- someone that has the ability to examine you.
 
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jm97279 responded:
Could you please update us if you figured out what it was? I'm going through the same issue right now and I'm really worried that I will never have normal hearing again!!
 
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kendall76 responded:
I too am experiencing this same thing! I am very worried! 6 days ago I woke up with the pressure in my right ear, and felt a bit off balance. My left ear was effected for half the day but not as bad as the right and then went away. When I talk on my cell phone or listen to people talk It sounds robotic or wah wah ish, if that makes sense! I was recently in a hot spring and wonder if that had anything to do with it, although I never went under water! I need to go to a doctor but want to skip all the bull and find a specialist, ANY SUGGESTIONS?
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
If you can go directly to an ENT, then do so....There can be many causes to account for these symptoms, from eustachian tube issues to more complex inner ear problems, so seeing the specialist is the best way to get the diagnostic ball rolling.
 
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angel201136 responded:
have the same problem mines been going on for 7 months and i went to see a ear and nose throat doctor and they did a hearing tests on me and they said my hearing was fine and also they took my adnoids and tonsild out 9 years ago and it just started up again yesterday i'm going to call my ent again to see what can be done if you find out anything let me know and i'll do the same
 
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EarTrouble replied to angel201136's response:
I've had the same problem. Mine started over a year ago when I had a really bad cold. After my cold went away my left ear was plugged for months and voices and noises sounded robotic. It's been over a year and it's much better however I can't use the phone with my left ear because it seems louded and still has the robotic tone. I've been to the ear doctor and he basically said there is nothing wrong. It's been extremely frustrating when my ear was normal a year
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to EarTrouble's response:
Please read my response under your other posting....
 
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blackbolt22 responded:
Please tell me someone has found out what is wrong with them?

I was sitting at my computer and all of a sudden my right ear felt like it needed to pop. It lasted for days and after a few days BOTH ears hear women, children, music, high pitched sounds like EVE on wall-e. Distorted? Off pitch or dual pitched, but if a woman or child gets close to me I hear the EVE distortion sound but their normal voice is heard louder than it.

I went to ENT and he told me I had high frequency hearing loss in both ears but could not tell me why it was SUDDEN or what was the cause. I had 180/104 blood pressure and they sent me to my regular doc. I got bp meds, prednisone for the ear and everyone still sounds messed up to me except for MALES or low frequency sounds.

Finally I notice the distortion "EVE" effect / dual tone is worse as the person get's lower in volume to me (like if they move away). Again males or low frequency is fine. My own voice (i'm not a deep voice guy, has the same effect but only when I talk with a high inflection/pitch, so I don't hear it often-same with any other males who go high sometimes...)

Any ideas??? Please anyone. I've scoured the net.. It's hard to describe the symptom... If I didn't hear high frequency as well that would be OK, but the fact that everyone sounds robotic who is a female, child, or music when it hits higher notes sounds digital.... makes it very frustrating and I want to know why!!
 
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smakaster replied to blackbolt22's response:
I have had this problem as well for the past 7 months. I also have high frequency hearing loss. The distortion is occurring in my right ear, however it is complicated by the fact that i am completely deaf in my left ear. I have been suffering from ringing in the right ear (tinnitus) since 2008. The sound distortion is separate, in addition to, the ringing. I was initially treated with Prednisone, as seems to be the go to treatment, with no real improvement. My ENT then prescribed a diuretic to try to regulate the fluid level in my ear. This worked intermittently. However, I find it interesting that you mentioned that your BP was high, bc mine was extremely elevated as well. I had in fact already been being treated for the BP, but was still having trouble keeping it down, so when my ENT suggested the use of the diuretic, I was on board bc it would help with the BP issues as well. I definately feel that the hearing distortion is linked to the elevated BP somehow. Any thoughts from anyone else??
 
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undefined replied to nelsoc2's response:
Nelsco2, it's been 5 years since you posted this, but I couldn't help but reach out to you. My 10 year old was born profoundly deaf in her right ear. The last 2 days she has complained of her left ear hurting (which she can hear perfectly out of). We took her to the ER because she complained of some hearing loss and hearing the robotic noises and sounds in that good ear, as well as pain. The dr immediately said she has an ear infection and she is now on a Rx. This morning she said she felt a little better but some of the robot voices are still there.

My question is, did you ever get your issue resolved? Her left ear is so precious to us because it's the ear she can hear out of. Thank you.
 
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mchamplin replied to 32094302's response:
I've been dealing with headaches for several months now. As the headaches have progressed, other symptoms have popped up. One of those was a robotic sound to voices at certain (low) frequencies. After seeing a bunch of doctors, I made it to a neurologist who put me on Prednisone for my various symptoms. After 3 days (60mg/day), amazingly most of my symptoms cleared up, including the robotic voice issue. Unfortunately, after tapering down over a 10 day period, the robotic sound came back after 3 weeks from the start of Prednisone. I will start an NSAID next to see how that works. I hate the distorted sound. Wrecks having discussions or even watching a movie.


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