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Gainless
post Dec 26 2011, 22:26
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Hi everyone,

A few days ago I got myself an inflammation of the middle ear on both sides, which was the reason I rested my ears a bit for some time and of course went to the doctor. Yesterday, when I listened to some music again, I had a weird experience: Everything I turned on on my PC actually sounded too "high" for me like someone pitched it up. I thought that it were some issues with my soundcard at first, but it's the same when I listen through my Mp3-player. Maybe it's imagination, but everything sounds so off now, it's funny and scary at the same time. Did someone have a similar experience with infections of the ear and the impact on the hearing?

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astroidmist
post Apr 15 2012, 23:27
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EDIT: Please don't read too much or too little into this post. For what it's worth, by the time I finished this post I had forgotten your mentioning of the inner ear inflammation.

Yeah, I'd be concerned about this also...

I have also heard of some type of drug that causes people to hear things at a lower pitch. So by extrapolation, a drug that causes perceived pitches to by higher is not unsurprising. Since drugs work biochemically, and since the body works biochemically, there may other mechanisms/experiences/biophysics which result in the same or similar results. There may also be some psyche/psychological causes of this type of experience as well. I don't know much about the details of any of that.

Some of this could be a psychoneurological phenomenon. What I mean is that it seems like something related to functioning of the brain/nerves/nervous system as well as the related psyche/psychology of perception.

You may want to carefully consult with a neurologist. Be warned that a single CT "cat" scan exposes a person in a single dose to sum levels of radiation presently considered in the USA by the FDA to be a yearly maximum limit. You will want to study the details about this to get more accurate information if and BEFORE you get a CT "cat" scan or X-Ray of your brain. There are probably other safer means to study your brain to see if there is a biological danger. MRI scans I have been told are safe, however they tend to be extremely expensive and need to be scheduled in advance. Whatever you do, it's probably good to be wary of ending up as some kind of labrat test subject.

I don't mean to alarm you; I just think you may want to be warned. Whether the origin|etiology of your experience is psychological, neurological, physiological, toxicological, psychotropic or whatnot... what you're describing sounds like something strange enough to be wary of. I know of someone who had a set of similar experiences (such as hearing sounds backwards) and that person's health care environment classified the set of experiences as being "incidents of psychosis". YMMV (Your mileage may vary). So-called "psychotic experiences" can be caused by bioelectrical or biochemical exposures as well as by physical head trauma/concussion/brain damage, anoxia, or metabolic/homeostatic stress. Some say that some unusual experiences can even be a result of some peculiar psychological states.

Since it's your perception which is possibly at stake here, you may want or need to share details of your experiences with people whom you trust who would be available to help you if your changes in perception become a handicap or liability or hazard for yourself and/or others. Try to pay more attention to how your body and your mind are functioning. Be on the lookout for any and all types of strange behaviors or thoughts or sensations or experiences within yourself and perhaps in others around you.

Again, I don't mean to alarm you; I just think you may want to be warned. You would not be the first person to have experienced some strangeness like this.

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