I know, not a very elegant title. I know I have high frequency hearing loss. But it’s much less pronounced if I hold my nose and “blow out” my eustachian tube. Sometimes I can hear my ears pop and I can hear much better, but other days I can only hear high frequencies when I am actually blowing out my eardrums and not breathing.
Is this normal for most people? Should I ignore this situation and take my hearing test with my ears “clogged up”, which is the way they are most of the time? On some days, my ears crackle as I breathe in and out. On a related note, I’ve been using Flonase for over a year to try and help the eustachian tube issue, but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything.
I was enticed into a hearing test at Sam’s Club, which shows minor hearing loss below 2k hertz, but it drops off pretty significantly after that, expecially after 3k Hz.
Should I first address my clogged ears with an ENT, or should I go to an audiologist for hearing aids? I would like to have another hearing test done to verify the Sam’s Club test, even though I think the guy knew what he was doing.
Thank you for all advise.