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Unread 02-02-2003, 08:36 PM   #1
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Ear problems?

I have no idea how to explain this... Sometimes when I sing, my ears kind of pop or something. They don't really pop... But they have this hollow, empty feel and I hear myself sing inside my head. It's really loud and I can't really hear what I am actually singing like. This is really hard to explain. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how I can fix it?

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Unread 02-02-2003, 09:15 PM   #2
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could be earwax build up.
and i'm serious cuz that happened to me once when one of my ear got clogged cuz i was using a q-tip (i never use them anymore)

can you hear outside things properly? (eg. things other than your voice)

try taking two fingers and rubbing them just in front of the ear(s) that is giving you problem and see if you can hear your fingers rubbing. if not, then you really should check in at an audiologist cuz it means your hearing is pretty messed up.

If it's just earwax, then you can go to the doctor and the doctor will take this huge water seringe to pump water into your ear canal to flush the wax out and it only takes about 5min.

generally if you ahve earwax buildup, then your hearing gets really muffled and you can't hear high frequencies properly
everything is attenuated and sounds like you have a finger stuck in your ear. also you can hear your voice louder than normal but again, it's very unatural, kinda bassy and not clear or defined. Also, you will usually also experience a little tinitus (ringing in the ear)

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Unread 02-03-2003, 04:22 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help, d0c_99.

I do Q-tip my ears all the time. This is bad? I would think that that would prevent ear wax build-up, not cause it. I guess it might push the wax deeper into your ear or something. I don't know.

As far as I know, I do hear outside things properly. I had my hearing tested several months ago, and they told me I had great hearing. However, I have noticed another problem with my ears. When I hear a sound that is somewhat deep -- and this only happens on occasion -- my ears kind of throb. I can't ever recall this happening to my left ear. I'm trying to remember what ear I have the singing problems in... I might have a wax build-up in my right ear.

I tried rubbing my fingers in front of my ears as you suggested. I can hear the sound in both of my ears.
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generally if you ahve earwax buildup, then your hearing gets really muffled and you can't hear high frequencies properly
everything is attenuated and sounds like you have a finger stuck in your ear. also you can hear your voice louder than normal but again, it's very unatural, kinda bassy and not clear or defined. Also, you will usually also experience a little tinitus (ringing in the ear)
My hearing isn't muffled, and I haven't had a problem with high frequencies. What you described about hearing your voice inside your head is very similiar to what I have been experiencing; but again, this doesn't happen all the time. Also, I have not experienced any ringing in my ears. Hmm...
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that's interesting
i really have no clue then to what's wrong...

about the q-tip though
q-tips are ok but you should never stick them into your ear canal (i learned that the hard way). THat means you can use them to remove earwax on the parts of the ear that sticks out of your head, but never in the hole cuz it can push ear wax into the ear canal.
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THat means you can use them to remove earwax on the parts of the ear that sticks out of your head, but never in the hole cuz it can push ear wax into the ear canal.
Oohhh, I'll have to stop doing that. Now that I think about it, it seems that a doctor has told me that before, too. I had swimmer's ear once, and she said not to Q-tip inside the ear canal. I'm a rebel. But it needs to stop.
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Hey Amanda

Yeah, no Q-tips in the ear canal.

As for your problem, I don't really have an idea of what exactly it could be. I highly suggest you mention it to a docter. I wouldn't be worried or anything... but if it were me, I would make it a priority to find out why it is happening. I say this because of two reasons: 1. If it is a symptom of another (and perhaps more important) problem, you don't want to ignore it and 2.) it seems to effect your ability to sing properly and that's not a good thing if you're singing on a regular basis.

So think back and make a mental list of some common denominators. For example: when it happens, how it feels, whatever else you can think of. Then, go see the docter. Have a chat and I'm sure they'll know what to do. Then, come update.
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Re: Ear problems?

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I have no idea how to explain this... Sometimes when I sing, my ears kind of pop or something. They don't really pop... But they have this hollow, empty feel and I hear myself sing inside my head. It's really loud and I can't really hear what I am actually singing like. This is really hard to explain. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how I can fix it?
i almost forgot this thread existed..

I had this a couple weeks ago... it lasted for only 1-2hrs
i think it's just ear wax... i could hear clearly when not speaking or singing but when i spoke, i hear the plugged ear kinda sound in my voice.
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