I believe I have been suffering from this for years now, starting in my late 20s and now into my early 30s. It affects only my left ear. I have PET in my right ear, but I don't believe it to be related. As bad as the PET is, this problem in the left is worse. The worst part about it is that I have seen numerous doctors, ENT, otolaryngologists, and they can't objectively verify that I have this. My hearing tests turn up great and they can't find any abnormality in my acoustic response through testing, but so many sounds, even fairly quiet ones, in everyday life cause my left ear to have a spasm at the onset of each transient. It is not extremely painful but it is incredibly annoying and has begun to erode my general sense of sanity. Even earplugs aren't enough to keep it from happening. I have a feeling that it is somehow related to either my jaw or neck, but I can't be sure. If I actuate my jaw and push on the cartilage of my ear, it clicks uncomfortably inside my ear, as though part of my inner ear structure were an elastic band that were being pulled and then snapped. It happens if I am wearing headphones or lying on my left side on a pillow. But I have seen a TMJ specialist and he didn't seem to think it would cause this problem. I remain unconvinced. I really want to know if there is a chance that any kind of surgery could solve this problem because it seems like it's ruining my life.View Thread
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