Odd Medical Question

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Steve Holroyd, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. Here's something for you...

    If I think of a bass line, I get a rumbling sensation in my right ear. I'm not exaggerating--if I just think of a bass line, it happens. No music on...no instrument in my hand...the mere thought does it.

    Anyone else get this sensation? It's pretty odd.
  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    I sometimes find my fingers twitching, like I'm fretting, while listening to/thinking of music; I see no reason why what you describe couldn't happen. The mind can do weird and wonderful things.
  3. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Is it a good rumble or a bad rumble? I like to use my mind to really put myself inside the music that I hear in my head.
  4. It’s not painful or anything, but I wouldn’t call it “good,” like I’m hearing what I would be playing. It’s like a flutter feeling.
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Nope, that doesn't happen to me. It would probably drive me crazy if it did.
  6. Es-La-Una


    Oct 27, 2016
    Something psychosomatic? Tinnitus? Ear infection? Eustachian tube problem?

    See a physician. He might refer you to a ENT (ear nose and throat) doctor also called a otolaryngologist.
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    While I am a graduate of a prestigious community college, I don’t feel qualified to respond.
  8. KenB


    Jul 15, 2008
    Yellow Springs, OH
    Does it happen if you either clench your jaw, or if you perform the "pressure change" maneuver, like you're trying to equalize the pressure in your ears?

    Maybe you're unconsciously doing one of these things when you think about playing.

    Both of these actions will SLIGHTLY shift the position of your eardrum.
    It's possible you have some wax in the "deep end" of your ear canal. If the eardrum shifts a bit, it could cause the wax (or maybe a bit of water trapped in there by the wax) to actually touch the eardrum, causing a fluttery sensation.

    Have a doc or nurse take a look in your ear...

    KenB (MD)
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  9. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I think you need an exorcist, not a doctor.
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  10. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Fresno California
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  11. Bassndrums73


    Mar 13, 2018
    As long as you always wear ear plugs you will be fine.
  12. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Never heard of that, but I do salivate profusely when I see pictures of Alembics and Foderas.
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  13. So your ears actually do produce sound in response to stimuli.

    It’s crazy, but then again so is the body.

    You could also be experiencing the auditory version of an optical illusion or mirage.
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  14. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Ditto... usually happens when the hummingbirds visit the red geraniums, on our deck.
  15. But this is when I’m NOT playing…and only when I’m “hearing” (in other words, imagining) a bass line in my head

    Sound advice otherwise, of course…
  16. i don’t clench my jaw, but—based on your post—started opening my mouth a bit when the feeling comes on and it mostly goes away. Thanks!
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  17. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    I realize your're probably joking, but .... in case not, if it's a real sound originating in the inner ear then ear plugs will make it even more audible.
  18. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Not so bizarre as there is a dynamic pressure relationship among the components of the upper airway and adjacent structures. Case in point: when pressurizing the upper airway via CPAP / sleep apnea therapy, I sometimes run across air leaks via a duct at the corner of the eye. More common: when attempting to equalize pressure (airplanes / elevators / tunnels), people will frequently manipulate the mouth and lower jaw.

  19. wiscoaster


    Mar 28, 2021
    Google "valsalva maneuver"
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