I have a friend who is a 46 year old musician who recently, after what
appeared to be a gastrointestinal flareup (gas, diarhea), started to
suffer a strange hearing phenomenon which hasn't gone away. It is now
more than one week.
what follows is part of what he wrote:
--start his e-mail to me---------
On Sunday AM I got up, got out my mando to practice, strummed it once
and it sounded really out of tune. I started to tune it up, and to no
avail. The low string pairs sounded like they were tuned a whole step
apart. ????? I checked the instrument, no loose parts, no sympathetic
I sang a couple of notes. I heard a harmony inside my head, a whole
step lower than what I was singing.
I can not make head nor tails of music I haven't heard
before: the low-end is a muddy cluster, and only the higher frequencies
seem to emerge from the sonic miasma unscathed. Most notes sound
processed, and voices in a certain frequency range sound like they're
being run through a ring modulator, or have a kind of vague "shadow" to
I have an appt at the ear and eye infirmary on Thurs, and I'm PRAYING
it's an acoustic problem and not a neurological one. I have been
feeling some pressure inside my ears, so maybe the eustachians are
clogged with crap, or something. Maybe an infection? No earache though...
-----------end his e-mail to me--------
Since the above E-mail, he has gone to an Otolaryngologist, and testing
has revealed nothing specific about his complaint, however the MD put
him on an anti-viral, as well as a steroid (Prednisone).
He has not taken any of the meds yet, and is searching for another
Medical opinion as well as much more information.
Any ideas (Web based info, or NYC based practitioners)?