Report: Sudden hearing loss
Mr. R was middle-aged and woke up on Wednesday, 10/17/2018, with a slight hearing loss in his left ear: he could clearly notice that all lower frequencies were no longer perceptible. There was also a deep, clearly noticeable tinnitus sound. The symptoms lasted two and a half days. At the beginning he was also a bit tired and had a feeling of pressure in his head.
A hearing loss occurs in the conflict-resolved phase of an SBS of the ectodermal inner ear / cochlea, when the function of the inner ear suddenly decreases rapidly due to the swelling in its control relay in the brain. Basically, there is no difference between the perceived frequencies, as the swollen relay affects the overall function of the cochlea. However, the human hearing spectrum is such that middle frequencies are perceived easily, but a wide range of lower frequencies and a small part of very high frequencies are perceived only at relatively high volumes. Due to the reduction of function one can therefore measure the absence of the deep and very high frequencies faster, even if the average «everyday frequencies» are not affected.
Once the swelling subsides in the PCLB phase, the symptoms of the hearing loss disappear.
The conflict content of the auditory function of the inner ear is that one can «not believe what one has heard”, that is, the information heard cannot be grasped. This is called a «hearing conflict».
Since Mr. R had a firm grasp of the 5BN, he immediately considered what might have been the cause of the problem. He quickly identified it in this case, as the conflict resolution must have been on the previous afternoon or evening:
A week and a half ago, he ordered a spare part from Russia on the Internet and waited for it to reach him. Unfortunately, he received the message that it ws held up in customs. Since it was not a critical part, he thought there should be no problems and telephoned there on Tuesday, 10/09/2018. He recognized the agent on the phone from previous incidents: just under two meters tall, strong, deep voice, harsh, extremely unfriendly and uncooperative. He snapped at him, saying this about his delivery: «You can forget it!» Mr. R could not believe what he heard.
He then drove to the customs office to clarify the matter personally, where the giant yelled at him from above. He came closer (physical signal of threat) and threatened to kick him out. Additionally, he gave no clear, comprehensible reason what the real problem in this case was. He even said «I am not required to tell you the reason!».
Mr. R described this as «a thoroughly horrible situation, I could not believe it».
The SBS of the left inner ear had already started during the call, as he had the receiver on his left ear. If it had started later at the customs office, the right ear should have been affected, since Mr. R is right-handed and so the SBS would have started on the partner side.
About a week passed, during which Mr. R was distracted for other reasons, until he finally called the Federal Customs Administration and asked why he had still not taken delivery of the package. He was informed that there were no customs problems with that item and that he should therefore insist on the delivery.
Although he was not happy about the renewed confrontation with the gruff customs agent, he called him on 10/16/2018 in the afternoon and relayed what he was told by the Federal Customs Administration. This time it was a more civilized conversation in which he was taken seriously as a conversation partner and he also received an explanation for the refusal. The agent informed him that every customs office would give him different information, but he had a fairly new regulation on his desk, according to which the import of various things from Russia would now be handled more strictly, and thus he could not and would not deliver the order to him – period.
Even though Mr. R did not receive the order, the conflict was solved for him because he received an plausible explanation. During the night while he slept, a slight hearing loss occurred as a result of the onset of the conflict-resolved phase. So when waking the next morning, the above symptoms were present. As the conflict was active for one week but downsized for most of that time, the duration of the PCLA phase lasted barely a half a week.
Note: We have not considered the tinnitus tone in the previous analysis. The occurrence of a tinnitus tone is, according to literature, exclusively part of the conflict-active phase of the inner ear SBS. A plausible explanation for us, why the tinnitus could be heard here during the PCLA phase of the SBS of the inner ear, is the following:
In parallel to the described SBS, he was in another conflict-active phase of a «hearing conflict», which led to a tinnitus tone. However, this was previously not perceived due to the everyday noises, because the intensity was very low. Only by the function reduction of the PCLA phase, which led to a reduction of the noise from outside, could the Tinnitus sound then be perceived exactly for the duration of the PCLA phase.
Since Mr. R has been dealing with tinnitus and various ear noises in both ears for many years, it is very probable that many of his ear related SBSs often appear in combination, and therefore can lead to the aforementioned effect.