SSNHL with Sound Distortion / Crackling - Why??
Hi. I was hoping someone could help me with some information. I was hit with SSNHL on March 20th, 2020. I lost my upper frequencies (6k+) in my left ear. After a round of steroids and some time, my 6k has mostly returned, but not much else.
Beyond the hearing loss, I also have Tinnitus (which lately has disappeared from time to time!) and some weird distortion thing. I understand everything except the distortion. My doctors don’t seem to quite understand what I’m talking about or they dismiss it as something that my “brain will adapt to eventually”. Online I haven’t been able to find much… so I figured I would try here.
So, what happens is that certain sounds will become distorted in my left ear. Almost as if they are coming through water or being distorted by a digital filter. The sounds are “cracked”. It’s almost always when there is a *background* noise – street noise, water running, music and then someone else is talking or making a sound. Then, the sounds become cracked/distorted/digitized. It varies from being slightly annoying to making it hard to understand the situation.
It doesn’t seem to matter if there’s “bounce-back” from walls or the volume of the noise. For example, talking to someone on speaker phone outside will almost always sound distorted, but inside they sound fine.
Has anyone else experienced this and understood what’s going on?
Very many thanks in advance!
best and stay safe,