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O/T Hearing question

  • 1.  O/T Hearing question

    Posted 01-29-2019 13:11
    Yes, I know there is a "health" forum here but it's even less active than the Google Groups Pianotech forum. I post it here because this is an active forum that is occasionally open to off topic conversations that would be lost in other appropriate forums.

    Tonic Tensor Tympani Syndrome. Anyone here, (besides me), experience this? If yes, what have you done to reduce the symptoms?

    For those unfamiliar with TTTS, it is neither tinnitus nor hearing loss. It's just noise.

    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA

  • 2.  RE: O/T Hearing question

    Posted 01-29-2019 19:16
    I feel lucky my tinnitus doesn't interfere with tuning.

    Larry Messerly, RPT
    Bringing Harmony to Homes

  • 3.  RE: O/T Hearing question

    Posted 01-30-2019 07:06
    So that's what it is, Geoff! Several times in the past I have experienced a spasm/fluttering sensation when tuning notes in the area of G5. It would only happen when I had a cold. I think mainly in my right ear. I am reassured to know that it is identified as a known syndrome and not my imagination. I had no idea there are muscles associated with the eardrum. I never tried anything to reduce the symptoms as it was not painful, just a bit annoying.
    As to tinnitus, Larry, I do have it as a background noise and as you experience, it has never interfered with tuning. Originally it was like a hiss from a distant leaky steam pipe, now more often as soft cricket chirps.

    Bill Maxim, RPT
    Maxim Piano Service
    Columbia, SC

  • 4.  RE: O/T Hearing question

    Posted 01-30-2019 10:00
    Edited by Peter Grey 01-30-2019 10:03
    I have some tinnitus (though it also does not interfere with tuning). I have on occasion experienced a sharp pain in my ear for no apparent reason, suddenly, lasts a few seconds, may repeat a few times, then disappear. Disturbing, but not life threatening. I simply ignore it and go on.

    Some minor balance issues too.



    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH