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My hearing feels slightly unbalanced.
Old 2 weeks ago
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My hearing feels slightly unbalanced.

Hello, I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced a dip in one ears hearing while mixing/playing back music? And if so what can I do to bring back a more even sense of balance between my ears. My right ear reproduces sounds quieter. Are there any hearing aids that will allow me to hear frequencies better/giving me a sense of restored balance between my ears? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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I would recommend you go see an ENT immediately, but I won't do that. The last time I responded in like fashion to someone on this forum who was reaching out for help, that individual ripped me a new asshole.

So, yeah, no - don't go see an ENT.

Cheers.
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Yeah I've seen enough angry reply responses to know exactly what you mean. I’m totally in need of a visit with an ENT. Agreed.
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I think the answer of Jeff Hayat is the best answer you could get but, as I do not know how experienced you are, I would also suggest to check the loudspeakers. It may seems stupid, but I dare to give you that suggestion because I had the same problem and I found out one of my loudspeakers was at a slightly lower volume than the other. Probably because I was listening for so long to those speakers and I was trusting them, I was feeling the imbalance elsewhere too (a sort of psychological reaction). YMMV
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I'm not sure what your particular issue may be, but IME no two ears hear things exactly the same; and, hearing is an organic process, so it is constantly changing, not only from day to day, or only in one direction - there are constant variances as you work and play.
So in a sense, perhaps you should be gratified that you are sensitive enough and aware enough to notice some differences.
Or, you may have a physical problem exacerbating the issue. But even with healthy ears, one side will always sound slightly different than the other.
Either way, good luck.
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First (and probably simplest) thing that I'd do is go see your GP - it could very likely be a very simple wax buildup, which they'll be able to tell you from a quick look in your ears.

And if that's that case, it's not a reflection on personal hygiene or anything, it sometimes just happens.

Usually they'll recommend either using olive oil drops, or sometimes if there's a big tasty lump sitting in there, they can fish it out (painlessly) with a little hook thingy.

I've had my ears syringed a couple of times in the past, but I'd only look into doing that after exhausting other options - the second time I had it done, it made my pre-existing tinnitus in my right ear a little bit worse. Also, the procedure is a bit weird (but not painful or anything), and you're left for a few hours afterwards with your sense of balance being really off - basically feels like having seasickness on dry land.

I have slightly weird Eustachian tubes (basically, there's a bit of a kink in them) which means that if I get even slightly congested due to a cold or something, my ears (particularly my right ear) tend to lose high frequency response very quickly. I've also had issues with wax buildup, and have been told by ENT specialists that it's nothing that I'm doing or not doing, it's just the way my ears are. Thankfully I don't get sick very often!
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I would recommend you go see an ENT........
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I think the answer of Jeff Hayat is the best answer you could get but, as I do not know how experienced you are, I would also suggest to check the loudspeakers. It may seems stupid, but I dare to give you that suggestion because I had the same problem and I found out one of my loudspeakers was at a slightly lower volume than the other. Probably because I was listening for so long to those speakers and I was trusting them, I was feeling the imbalance elsewhere too (a sort of psychological reaction). YMMV
These are good advices.
Besides speaker imbalance, placement and room acoustics can play a role as well.

Many years ago I was worried too for a while, since I was finding myself placing the instruments/elements always on the same side in the stereo panorama for my mixes to sound right.
Hihats ALWAYS on the right side, etc.; left just sounded off/wrong to me.
I even had this issue, monitoring on headphones, so I believed it must be my hearing.
However, since I'm working in a treated studio, I never experienced that issue again; weird enough, also not in headphones, anymore.

So, the three things you should check out are; seeing an ENT, speaker balance and speaker placement - room acoustics, in the sequence you find appropriate for you.

Fingers crossed that it is not your hearing.

Success.
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Thank you to everyone for the highly helpful advice and knowledge. I'm seeing my GP this week and will be getting a referral to an ent Doc asap. It's interesting to know that even those of us with perfectly normal hearing still experience hearing differences from one ear to the other. I think some of us are also likely honing in on a severely micro level, due to our passion for mixing audio/singing etc. So thank you all once again, and here is to good health and wonderful hearing, and some great songs in the studio!
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