Hello watmms, I've had an issue with my hearing in my right ear for the past few months, which is really destroying my love for music and getting me down :(
My right ear always has a 'full' feeling and everything sounds 'muddy'. It feels like I can only hear parts of the sounds in that ear (I only really notice drums in left ear, not the right). If I remove my right headphone I can tell there is less noise, but it feels different to when I remove the headphone from the good ear.
I've had a number of ear infections over the years, with a particularly nasty one last year at which point they gave me gentamicin to take for 7 days. I know this can be ototoxic, but i'm hoping it hasn't trashed my ear for good.
When I do the valsalva manouevre I sometimes get a 'crackling' in the affected ear and it feels like it pops without me swallowing, almost like the air is escaping (but the 'pop' is never as clear as in the other ear). Is it possible that I have a perforated eardrum that wont heal?
I do have a doctor's appointment booked (unfortunately not until the week after next) but I've left it too long for an emergency appointment to be of benefit.
Just wondered if anyone had experienced similar issues in the past. Have I buggered my right ear with all the bassy music I have listened to over the years?