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For 25 years, it has been my dream to buy a grand piano. Seiler has always been my favorite, and I was getting closer every year to feeling OK about spending that much money on one.

Then a couple months ago I blew my nose while my sinuses were stuffed up, and somehow my right ear made a huge pop and started a loud high-pitched ring.

It's been ringing ever since. It goes away occasionally, but as soon as I play a key above C5 then my ear will ring for the rest of the day.

An audiologist said it might get better someday, but it'll probably stay like this forever. So unless it goes away miraculously, I think my wishing-for-grand-piano days are over. I can barely stand to play my piano now unless I wear headphones and only listen with my left ear.

I'd still play piano for money, but I think the enjoyment days are over. Guitar sounds don't seem to aggravate it as much, so maybe I'll switch to guitar instead.

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Had no idea that was even a thing. Imagine you didn't either. Sorry to read this. Hoping for a breathrough for you.


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My tinnitus has gotten better, gradually, since I started wearing hearing aids. At least that is my totally unscientific opinion. I'm guessing that the hearing aids are boosting the high frequencies that I have been missing. But it has taken a couple of years to notice any difference. Of course, your mileage my vary, as they used to say...

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Oh, my, how sad! It's one thing to give up buying a new piano, but to experience pain and discomfort when listening, that hurts (pun intended). I hope your ear heals, and soon.


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Very sorry to read this. But don't give up, keep searching for ways to improve your condition or at least to make it less disturbing. My best wishes to you!

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I hope it's just temporary. Last year I got water into my right ear when showering, and unlike normal situation, this time the water managed to get deep inside and I couldn't get it out. The fluid must have created contact between my arteries and the ear drum because I could hear every heartbeat in my ear, really loud. The problem persisted for awhile and it may even resulted in low-level infection, but just when I decided it's time to visit the doctor, the problem resolved itself.


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Wow, I am so sad for you. It's like my grandma always told me..."life is what happens while you're making other plans".

Oddly enough, I'm in the opposite boat from you. A neck injury messed up my left hand, effectively ending my (bass) guitar career. Like you, I could probably still do it for money, but having another lucrative career, I don't need that. I had been playing for enjoyment, which is now gone.

So due to the particulars of my situation, I think piano is more doable.

These things are all one of those "think i'll laugh so I don't cry" situations.

You're not alone, and I hope it works out for you.


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How are you doing? I would say; play below C5. It’s 30 years after I started hearing sssssssss. It was a robbery. Luckily it became better. Hope you will too.


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Have you tried wearing musician’s earplugs when you play? I developed Ménière’s disease during my pregnancy 25 years ago, after a serious car crash in which I broke my neck in two places. I lost some hearing in my left ear and I have constant tinnitus (which I’m totally used to, it doesn’t bother me at all). Sometimes when I play, it does get a bit louder, so then I put in my ear plugs and it’s much, much better. Musician’s earplugs only filter out certain sound waves. You can hear normal, quieter sounds perfectly fine, but they are great for something like this. Highly recommend them, go buy your grand! And a couple pairs like this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015WJQ7A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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