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What about ear problems?

Hi there,

I have problems with my right ear for a few days now... the sound on the right side is dull and now it developed something like a tinnitus. Have an appointment with the ENT in 2 weeks, and I wonder if I can keep on singing as "usual" or if I should take a break until then?


  • Klaus_TKlaus_T Moderator, 2.0 PRO Posts: 2,287
    i think you should try to see the ENT even before two weeks are over if possible. the quicker you react, the better.
    you need to avoid stress now of any kind. i don't actually know how bad singing is but i would avoid any avoidable sound sources to give the ear some rest. i don't know what to do if not singing stresses you...

    @doc_ramadani can maybe tell you more
  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    edited February 2020
    Well.. I started singing again a few weeks/months ago because it helps me a lot to relieve stress and feel better (mentally)

    As you might know its hard to get a appointment to a medical specialist promptly in Germany ... so I was quite lucky about only waiting 2 weeks. They told me if I start having any kind of pain in my ear than I could get there immediately. I already thought about "lying" :smiley: but... I am not a good liar :blush:

    And I was not only just wondering about the sound .. but also that mouth, nose and ears are connected... so maybe that singing could cause some more troubles.
  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    I did not sing or do any excersises the last 5 days but the problem with the bleep in my ear is still there.
    Ok.. I have to admit: I was very busy with 14-15 hours of work a day and very few sleep. And on last Monday we had the german carnival.. and I had to party :innocent::blush:
    I will visit the ENT next Wednesday. Hope he can help or tell me what the problem is.

  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,978
    Hi Manuela, @shining

    I think it is a good idea to have an ENT look at it. Probably it is only a plug in the ear canal. This happens quite often. Let us know what s/he said.

  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    Yes, I hope its only that :) Had that some years ago, but than I also had a lot of pain in my ear. This time is no pain at all.
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,978
    Manu, there mustn't be pain in the ear if you have a plug. You will only have pain if the eardrum is inflamed. Doc
  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    Oh thank you for that information! Didn´t know that because like I sad: always had it in combination with pain and thought that was caused by the plug :blush:
  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    Yes, it was only a plug :smiley: I feel so free now in my head ... yeah!

    But.. I also asked him to look in my throat.. because when singing I also always have the need to cough slightly.
    He sad throat is red.. and covered like my tongue all the way down. Once again, the advice is "quit smoking". Well.. climbing up the Himalaya would be easier for me :(
  • sjonrokz4usjonrokz4u 2.0 PRO Posts: 1,286
    It depends how bad you want it. Quitting smoking is like a hockey game. You have numerous little battles for the puck on the boards some you win and some you lose (the daily battles with the need for cigs) but you continue to keep battling for the puck. After winning a bunch and losing a bunch you eventually end up with the puck and get to score. You’ll fall off the horse many times. You just have to reboot yourself when you fail and climb back on the horse. It’s doable. You just have to want it and believe in yourself. By the way, people of many different handicaps have scaled the Himalayas. Don’t be afraid to try and don’t be afraid to fail. After all, you figured out how to sing. That’s pretty hard too!! Good luck whatever you decide to do
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management Posts: 3,978
    Good to hear, Manuela! And I know what you mean - I am still smoking, too. But I really have to quit since it is hindering my voice. Actually I am reducing it a lot.

  • shiningshining 2.0 PRO Posts: 411
    Yes, its a bit funny... I am not considering it because of health but of singing issues.
    One should have priorities *lol

    The other thing I should reduce is milk :smiley:
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