Coping with hearing loss

February 12, 2008 at 06:54 PM · I was recently diagnosed with a massive ear infection. I've lost most of the hearing in my right ear and my left ear isn't much better. The antibiotics haven't been working.

I'm wondering if anyone else has gone through such a situation before and how you handled it. I know my hearing loss is most likely just temporary, but not being able to hear for the past week has really taken an emotional toll on me.

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February 12, 2008 at 08:40 PM · Oh dear, wouldn't it be nice if Beethoven was around to answer some of your questions. Get yourself to a specialist right away.

February 12, 2008 at 10:53 PM · I had this early last year Marty. First I got the flu. I got some sort of ear infection and one ear went deaf. I had to go on two different sorts of antibiotics. The first lot didn't work at all. It was very frustrating. I think I had to wait patiently for something like a month for about 50% hearing to come back, and another 2 months for things to be back to normal again. I didn't need any surgery. Check regularly with your GP/specialist as I'm sure you are doing. All the best.

February 12, 2008 at 10:52 PM · Greetings,

really sorry to hear about this Marty. Veyr distressing for anyone, let alone a musician.

No reason why you can`t make a complete recovery in time. One thing to watch- cut out mucus forming foods. That means in particular, dairy products. One of the worst things you can eat right now is eggs.

Health of ears isalso related to kidney function so keep the kidneys as warm a sposisble and take an overview of your fluid intake. If you are drinking ten cups of black coffee a day you are not helping the problem. Don@t drink before you sleep either.

You might consider goign for some shiatsu while you are at it.



February 13, 2008 at 04:13 AM · Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.

February 13, 2008 at 05:09 AM · When I was really young I used to get really bad ear infections. I remember something about a lot of fluid draining through my eardrum, but I don't know exactly what happened. As far as I know my hearing is fine now...I don't know if high frequency hearing loss is related to ear infections but I can hear up to about 17kHz which is pretty average.

February 13, 2008 at 05:34 AM · Something like this happened to me once, in both ears. I couldn't hear a sound from conversations three feet away. I didn't go to the doctor, but after a week like that, with it not improving at all, I got some of that Vicks stuff thats like stinky vaseline and crammed it up my nose. The next morning I was fine.

February 13, 2008 at 05:42 AM · Oh, and don't go flying while your ears are in this state. That is what brought on my ear infection - I think anyway. I went flying, both plane and helicopter, while I was recovering from the flu and the changes in pressure aggravated the condition. All I know is that when I landed I noticed my ear had gone strange. That was when I first noticed anything.

February 13, 2008 at 01:13 PM · This is an area of interest. My hearing is on its way down. I can hear the violin and musical instruments just fine. In fact sometimes I think that the violin is so loud in my ear that it has contributed to my hearing loss. But I am having increasing trouble hearing telephone conversations and conversations in crowded rooms.

I don't want to amplify the sound of the violin at all but I wouldn't mind being able to hear conversations better.

Has anyone else coped with hearing loss due to aging? Are there any resources that suggest options for people with musical interests.

March 12, 2008 at 08:28 PM · I almost lost my hearing (both ears) due to otosclerosis. Had a surgery 12 years ago (left ear) and am wearing a hearing aid on my right. (Just recently red that Beethoven suffered from the same illness.) I guess I am a lucky one because this affects the middle ear only and there is a solution! Anyhow, please see the specialist (ORL), have an audio test and ask for 2nd and 3rd opinion. And keep playing!

March 12, 2008 at 08:47 PM · Are you feeling better now, Marty?

March 12, 2008 at 10:15 PM · In fact sometimes I think that the violin is so loud in my ear that it has contributed to my hearing loss.

Yes, professional symphony violinists typically have a differential loss of hearing in their left ear. (Source: Playing Less Hurt)

March 13, 2008 at 03:19 AM · Ugh, Marty, sympathies!

March 13, 2008 at 04:25 AM · Hi Emily. My ear infection is gone and most of my hearing has returned, but my ears are still a little stuffed. It has no effect on my violin playing, but when I'm teaching my kids it's awful hard because my head voice (when I talk the vibrations in my head are very loud) is blocking out the sounds I hear from the kids. Essentially, when I sing along with them I don't hear them, just my loud, squeaky voice. I'm happy to say that it is slowly improving (my hearing...not my singing voice).

Thank you for asking.

March 13, 2008 at 04:23 AM · keep off the eggs for a while.

garlic and ginger both very efficacious.

Don`t think Starbucks can help.

March 13, 2008 at 07:28 AM · That sounds like an awful experience. I'm glad you're recovering.

March 13, 2008 at 06:32 PM · The worst part was the horrible pressure in my head and the loud ringing sound I had for a week. I wouldn't wish that kind of torture on anyone!

March 14, 2008 at 01:01 PM · Buri, I'm staggered! Where on earth do you glean all this information from? You're a gold mine on legs!

Thanks so much for all your contributions.


March 14, 2008 at 01:56 PM · If it will help anyone woried about permanent hearing loss, I have it big time. Ten years of flying piston airplanes and 35 years of flying jets for TWA and NASA did my ears in. The good news is I worked with a good hearing aid PHD who set me up with hearin aids thatyou can adjust the volume. You can have the frequencies adjusted to your music playing, and most importantly, can be set, on that program, not to dampen the sound if it gets loud. What I was finding was other hearing aids muted loud sounds, of course they should, so that when I played I couldn't hear myself. The onboard computer took even soft violin playing as loud and shut them down. To counteract the loud music I simply turn the volume down. Shhh, it's a way to take care of the brass sections.

The Doctor told me has has other professional musicians as patients and they're doing just fine with the hearing aids.

To make sure everything is as I want it I take the violin in with me to his office and play while he adjusts frequencies and other things until I'm happy.

Of course I would rather have normal hearing, but I'm doing ok with severe hearing loss that's mostly returned to near normal with these sophisticated hearing aids.

March 16, 2008 at 03:45 AM · Ray, do you maybe have a website link for the hearing aid manufacturer you use at the moment. I need to think about upgrading my current model as it is getting to the end of its natural life. Mind you, since I got my new/old fiddle he's so much louder and resonates so well when he's perfectly in tune that I tend to take my hearing aid out for practising etc.

March 16, 2008 at 04:40 AM · They're Metrix, by the Resound company. As I mentioned I control the volume which is an enormous asset. The audiologist also has to turn the attenuation feature OFF on the music program otherwise it will almost shut down when you play.

March 17, 2008 at 12:46 AM ·

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