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Never had a low engine sound before


Good morning everyone,

Since my 'glue' ear last week has cleared allowing me to hear again ( on my non deaf ear ) ,I've noticed a sound ,which at first I thought I'd left the heating on or someone was outside the house with there engine running. I'm beginning to worry ,no sound will mask this at night ,as it's such a low constant droll , the only way I'm sleeping is by putting my finger in my ear !

Anyone!? Regards Sandy

Ps . Before my partner fell alsleep last night he asked me if I'd left the heating on ! I was so nervous and freaked out .....could he hear my ear ? Needless to say there wasn't any house sound ...

11 Replies

I know what you mean.

I had it for weeks with my other sound and could not sleep .... Hope it settles down for you ....lots of love glynis

Hi, if your husband could hear it maybe it is an external sound? Especially if putting your finger in your ear helps? Must be disconcerting to be hearing a new noise though, hope it goes away soon-Bev x

in reply to Mrshanson

Hi Bev , unfortunately it's definitely me . It's an odd one ,when I'm driving it's fine as it's the same tone as my Diesel engine !!

Regards Sandy

in reply to Sandy4444

Oh I see! I've just discovered the extractor fan in my kitchen masks mine perfectly! But I can't go live in the kitchen, any more than you can go live in your car I suppose! Nice to know there's some relief somewhere though - Bev x

Hi Sandy, 12 years ago when we moved to our apartment I would often hear what I thought was a generator or a car engine running but didn`t really think anything about it. It was not very loud and never stopped me going to sleep. And I never noticed it at any other time of day.

Then in October 2014 after a cold virus I lost a lot of my hearing and developed tinnitus in my right ear - noises like the boiler running or the sound of the fridge. Turned out that what I could hear was the noise of my heart and circulation. I was told that the reason I could hear this is because the carotid artery runs very close to the hearing nerve and that`s why I was picking up these sounds. It`s just the way I`m built. Could that be the cause of your noises?

It`s been a long journey for me - I was very distraught at the beginning but now most of the time I don`t really hear it and if I do it doesn`t bother me the same.

Hope this helps. Love Lynne xx

in reply to Lynne-H

Hi Lynne, Hope you found cure and is doing well.

I am going through something similar and hope you can help.

Did you experience fullness in your ear when you were hearing these engine sounds?

Did you had fluctuation in hearing? By fluctuation I mean you hear well some day, and loose hearing another day? Was the hearing loss low frequency or high frequency?

Thanks, Jay

in reply to Jay1102

Hi Jay,

I can`t remember now if I had fullness in my ears but I was so distraught at the time that I probably wouldn`t have noticed. All I wanted was for this dreadful banging to go away.

I can remember when I had my first hearing test that the audiologist did say that my hearing was fluctuating. I was prescribed hearing aids which help a lot, and have had them now for nearly six years.

My hearing loss is moderate - I don`t know if it is high or low frequency or both - I was just told at the time that I had lost about 40 to 50% of my hearing.

It took me about six months to get to the stage where I started to fight back and I joined the BTA and through them I heard about, and joined a local support group. I used to read lots of success stories. And being on this forum also helped. And I used to tell myself that I didn`t mind these noises even though I hated them.

I had a few tests - MRI Scan, Doppler Scan and my eustachion tubes were checked - I was told I had mild eustachion tube dysfunction but this wasn`t the cause of my tinnitus.

I was eventually prescribed propranolol (a beta blocker) for the anxiety and this had the added benefit of reducing my heart rate which also reduced the noise.

I still have these noises although not 24/7 but most of the time they don`t really bother me.

Hope this helps.


in reply to Lynne-H

Thank you Lynne.

Hello Lynne,

That's interesting ,a couple of years ago I had a Ct scan to check out the arteries,as I had pulsatile tinnitus, the result was normal .

I do believe this has something to do with my eardrum having fluid behind it , along with that vertigo . When I went to bed last night I realized the sound had gone , has returned this afternoon , funny thing is it gets louder when a car goes past the house ........

Thanks for your reply,it's so frustrating, but there we are !

Take care Sandy

Ears - mysterious and complex !! It`s possible you may find a reason for your tinnitus Sandy and hopefully get it treated. I do hope so. Love Lynne xx

HI Sandy, did your low engine sound eventually go away? I have had the thing for 3 months!

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