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What Do Phantom Humming Sound And Body Vibration Indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 6 Nov 2017
Question: I hear a constant humming like a motor or machine. Also, feeling vibration like sitting on washing machine. It is most pronounced when environment is quiet. Sitting or laying in my apartment is making me nauseous, anxious, and a bit disoriented. I cannot independently confirm any source for humming/vibration but every sense in my body tells me it is real.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Tinnitus, possibly due to sensorineural degenerative changes

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. You have developed tinnuitus. Sensorineural degenerative changes or even certain viral infections can give rise to such presentations as you have described. The organ of hearing lies in our inner ear (vestibulocochlear apparatus) and is also associated with the sense of balance. Vestibulocochlear stabilizing agents like cinnarizine or betahistine might be needed. Please discuss with your treating physician whether they would be right for you.

I need to ask you if you have caught a cold. There is a thin tube on each side connecting between the inner throat and the middle ear (Eustachian tubes). The purpose of these tubes is to equalize the air pressure inside the middle ear cavity. Mucus block of these tubes leads to pressure imbalance leading to indirectly affecting the vestibulocochlear apparatus. An audiometry needs to be done to understand the exact nature of the problem. Steam inhalation should help as water in form of vapor will reach deep inside. It would help in diluting the mucus, thus providing relief.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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What Do Phantom Humming Sound And Body Vibration Indicate?

Brief Answer: Tinnitus, possibly due to sensorineural degenerative changes Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. You have developed tinnuitus. Sensorineural degenerative changes or even certain viral infections can give rise to such presentations as you have described. The organ of hearing lies in our inner ear (vestibulocochlear apparatus) and is also associated with the sense of balance. Vestibulocochlear stabilizing agents like cinnarizine or betahistine might be needed. Please discuss with your treating physician whether they would be right for you. I need to ask you if you have caught a cold. There is a thin tube on each side connecting between the inner throat and the middle ear (Eustachian tubes). The purpose of these tubes is to equalize the air pressure inside the middle ear cavity. Mucus block of these tubes leads to pressure imbalance leading to indirectly affecting the vestibulocochlear apparatus. An audiometry needs to be done to understand the exact nature of the problem. Steam inhalation should help as water in form of vapor will reach deep inside. It would help in diluting the mucus, thus providing relief. Let me know if I could help further. Regards