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Tina - it's not in your head (pardon the pun). Don't let anyone tell you it is. The funny noise is the way your brain is getting the signal from the inner ear. If there is damage to the hearing part of the inner ear, the signal is scrambled and you hear noises as distorted. Mine are VERY distorted in one ear but not the other. Have you had a formal hearing test by an audiologist? They should test for word discrimination which is your ability to repeat back a series of words. I can hear sounds greater than 70dbls but I can't make out any of the speech. Out of 5 words said to me in that ear, I can repeat back zero. Speech is too distorted to make out. Things like running water sounds like crackling. Music is just plain annoying. Hang in there and try a neurotologist.

Susie - We do sound like pretty much the same type of vestibular problems. I'm assuming you REALLY flunked the rotational chair test? I couldn't tell I had stopped moving until they opened the door where I got a visual cue and I felt pretty stupid because I realized then that the chair had stopped awhile back.
[QUOTE=wp1]Tina - it's not in your head (pardon the pun). Don't let anyone tell you it is. The funny noise is the way your brain is getting the signal from the inner ear. If there is damage to the hearing part of the inner ear, the signal is scrambled and you hear noises as distorted. Mine are VERY distorted in one ear but not the other. Have you had a formal hearing test by an audiologist? They should test for word discrimination which is your ability to repeat back a series of words. I can hear sounds greater than 70dbls but I can't make out any of the speech. Out of 5 words said to me in that ear, I can repeat back zero. Speech is too distorted to make out. Things like running water sounds like crackling. Music is just plain annoying. Hang in there and try a neurotologist.[/QUOTE]

wp1-Thanks for the vote of confidence. I WAS beginning to feel like maybe I am just crazy. The ENT that I have been going to has audiologist on site and they did test my hearing. I have my records but these reports are not easy (at least not for me) to make out what they mean. They did the word discrimination test and I don't really remember how many words they said to me, but out of my bad ear (right ear) I know there were at least 3 or 4 words that all I heard was wonwon. There was no way I could tell what word they said. I just pulled out the paperwork and here is what the audiological summary shows (which I have no idea how to interpret):

Speech Threshold: "Spondee" has a check mark beside it and for right ear it says 10 db. For left ear it says 0 db.

Discrimination: "LV" has a check mark beside it and for right ear it says 100% @ 60 then it has an asterisk beside the 60 which appears to mean "opposite ear masked for speech test". Left ear shows 100% @ 40.

There is also a pure tone audiometry on the same paper but it has a lot of symbols and I REALLY have no clue how to read that one. The only thing I do notice is that the symbol for right ear masked is on about the 55 decibel line under 250....whatever that means. I can give you more info if any of this makes sense to you (or anyone else).

Do you think I should just skip the 2nd opinion with another ENT. I just really don't think I have otosclerosis but after reading all these posts on healthboards, I am really discouraged at how many different doctors some people have said they went to before receiving the correct diagnosis. Thanks again for your response.....

Tina





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