Slight hearing problem in my left ear, help?

DacsDacs Bummed bу Αdmin PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
I've been using in-ear monitors (IEM) for a good couple of years for my audio nirvana and I never had any problems with it until I bought a new pair (Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10).

I noticed that when I'm listening to music that my left ear has (slight) diminished capacity to hear high frequency sound. I can still hear the cymbals and the chimes in particular, but not as detailed as how my right ear hears it.

Since by nature you have to shove the tips of the IEM deep inside your ear canal (to isolate noise), I somehow get to claim the same clarity in my left ear when I start to pull the IEM off my left ear, somehow creating a partial vacuum (because of the seal) but once I stop doing that, the problem goes back.

It's not that I can't hear with my left ear. Not at all. I still perceive the bass and mids equally in both ears, but the highs are somehow problematic (it rolls off). It may not be that apparent with my old IEMs before since the new ones can really show off the highs very effectively in music.

I think a visit to a doctor is in order anyway, but I'd like to ask for some professional opinion on my problem.

Thanks :)

Comments

  • K_r_a_mK_r_a_m nerd PExer
    A visit with your ENT specialist is advised so they can check if there are any mechanical obstructions which may have caused the change in your hearing perception. A pure tone audiometry would be best for you if the physical examination of the ear is normal. It assesses one's hearing range and detects if there is sensorineural or conduction hearing loss.
  • LesLes Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I certainly hope it's not noise-induced sensorineural hearing loss. That's pretty common nowadays, even in younger people, because of exposure to loud music (concerts, listening to music at high volume, etc.). If you are a frequent music listener make sure you keep your playback volume at low to moderate settings only to prevent noise-induced SNHL. IEMs with good isolation are actually better than those with less (like the Sennheiser IEMs) because by blocking outside noise, you're not tempted to crank up the volume to drown out the external sounds.

    About the Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10, hope you get a good fit with them. They're pretty notorious for difficulty in getting a good fit. Comply foam tips might help though I don't know if the TF10's have those bundled.
  • DacsDacs Bummed bу Αdmin PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Salamat sa replies.

    Well, ang weird lang kasi kapag ginagalaw ko yung leaf ear ko (as explained), naririnig ko yung mga kalansing kaparehas ng right ear ko.

    Kaya iniisip ko baka may mechanical blockage yung sa left ear ko (earwax buildup) kaso naglilinis naman ako ng tenga on a regular basis.

    Gusto ko sana pumunta sa doctor kaso matindi ang reputation ng doctors dito :(
    About the Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10, hope you get a good fit with them. They're pretty notorious for difficulty in getting a good fit. Comply foam tips might help though I don't know if the TF10's have those bundled.
    I'm lucky that I got a perfect fit (I have somehow large ears). It does include Comply, kaso I'd still prefer silicone tips. Earwax magnet yung foams e.
  • LesLes Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Foams can be an earwax magnet but they still provide superior isolation compared to silicone tips. If you're using your IEM in a really noisy environment the foams might be better.
  • K_r_a_mK_r_a_m nerd PExer
    Regular cleaning of the ears can also cause build-up of wax if done incorrectly. Clean only the outer portion of the ears to avoid the accumulation of wax.

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