I've lost my hearing in my right ear, about 8 years ago, and it sounds like i'm under water. I've started experiencing things that almost sound like someone talking, like a background tv is playing, or a low pitch humm... It's hard to describe without sounding crazy :( I don't say anything to anyone because I don't want them to tell me it's just voices in my head because that's really only a descriptive way of trying to explain it... is this MS related or am I going crazy?
Google “Hearing Loss and Musical Ear Syndrome”. If this is what you are experiencing, you should call your audiologist.
If this is what it is, you are not going crazy.
Consider a hearing aid for that ear. Being hard of hearing can be interpreted as cognitive impairment. Conversation partners of the person who is hard of hearing may think the person that person has no memory. In reality, the person just didn’t hear what they said.
For the most part, neither of these issues are related to MS. However, accurate hearing is crucial for full participation in day to day routines.
Hope this helps –
Lori Ann Kostich M.S. CCC-SLP, MSCS
Speech Language Pathologist
Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist
Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis