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@tonyinmi

@siosal Yes, losing hearing is only one cause of tinnitus. I experience it just about every night when I take my hearing aids out so you're right about the brain filling in for what it is expecting.
I could not find anything about the Eustachian tube shrinking by doing a Google search. It would not surprise me if something like that happens though. It would seem that a shrinkage would not necessarily cause a blockage problem, which typically opens when we yawn or swallow.
Regarding you perception of losing speech sounds, you may not want to wait too long to address the problem. Hearing only gets worse as we age. It never gets better on its own. Hearing aids only help a bigger problem.
Thanks for sharing your input. It kept me thinking
Tony in Michigan

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@tonyinmi
Hi,

I have heard or read of the word “shrinking” or “shrinkage” in relation to the Eustachian tube . It was used when the tube was congested or clogged and it meant that the inner lining of the tube had shrunk or returned to normal with either yawning, decongestants etc, or a Doctors intervention. It doesn’t actually shrink from its normal “healthy” size. I liken it to a swollen ankle that will shrink to it’s normal size when elevated or iced. The word can be misleading when thrown around.

That’s about it for what I learned.

FL Mary

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