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NMPotsie

Hearing Changes/ear Pressure On Standing?

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When I stand up after sitting for awhile I get dizzy and then get a pressure in my ears and my hearing gets weird; I can hear everything, but it's like it's far away or the volume has suddenly been turned down. It seems to subside after the dizziness does (seconds, or longer depending on symptoms).

Anyone else get this? Any ideas what might cause it?

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I have been having this pretty bad in the last few months. I would like to know if it is high or low b/p in the head. It feels like high.

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I know exactly what you are talking about...I get it all the time.

When you sit/stand up your heart has to work harder to pump blood up to your brain due to the effects of gravity. In "normal" people, this reflex works seamlessly and you never notice a decrease in cerebral perfusion. However in those of us with autonomic issues, this reflex can work more slowly, hence the dizziness from a decrease in blood flow to the brain.

The hearing problem is even simpler. Your internal carotid artery (the main artery that supplies your brain) passes through your skull within millimeters of your inner ear. When your heart is trying to "catch up" and pump harder and faster to get blood up to your brain, all you can hear is the pullsating blood in your carotid artery.

I hope this makes sense. Basically, it is all a completely normal compensatory mechanism that everyone has. The only reason we can feel it is because ours is slowed down and therefore more pronounced.

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I use to have this sensation a lot before I started working out. I describe it as part of my Pre-syncopal feeling.. Like right before you pass out your hearing fades out.. I would get it bad after I worked out, then drove home, I would get out of the car and stand up.. It would be really bad.. Almost to the point of hearing loss for a few seconds. Now I don't get this sensation

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Thanks, squirrel. That's helpful. I'm also glad to hear I'm not the only one, though I wouldn't wish any of this on anyone. I do work out, quite a bit, so in my case that doesn't really seem to be an issue. I do notice it's worse when the weather's bad, esp. if we have a low front (as we have the last few days).

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