You know, I really don't know. I do remember almost being worried something was wrong because of the way my head/ears felt. It just went away and suddenly I realized I was no longer hearing myself in my head.
I had horrible ear infections where the drum would burst (good papa, once the ear drum bursts then there is a hole, or perforation; but the pain is immense -- you would know if this happened, and also your ear then drains pus and blood for a few days afterwards. If your ear drum has ruptured it is important to not put anything in there, kind of like when a woman's water breaks -- it increases the chance if an infection). Luckily my kids have not had them like I did. I was also a competitive swimmer for about 11 years. That meant swimming sometimes four hours a day, year round. I also had many cases of swimmer's ear where I was positive I had a true ear infection -- I would beg my mom to take me to the doc, and it was always swimmer's ear (which is still an infection, jist not like otitis media). The alcohol was what we did, unless we had rx drops. Our doc also recommended using a hair dryer to dry our ears for a few minutes after swimming -- both of those things can't hurt and actually feel soothing.
All I can say was it was a miserable time in my life. We did not share our infertility with anyone -- I was afraid of family and friends adding to the fact that I already felt like a failure or something was wrong with me. In hindsight I regret that, because certainly their thoughts and prayers may have helped. But I also know sometimes people can be insensitive. It was a double-edged sword.
This is getting long, but we started to seriously consider adoption. At first I was so into having my own -- it had to be from me...I finally figured I wanted a child, I did not want, ultimately, to be pregnant. Then things relaxed. I just assumed I could not have kids and we looked into adoption. The first cycle after we were fully ready to turn in the paperwork, I got pregnant. I really feel that was for us to go through so someday we would consider apotion again -- I think we will have the opportunity later to adopt, and had I gotten pregnant when I wanted to, most likely we would not have ever considered it.
So, I don't know if any of that helps, but I think once I let go of the problem, my ears got better.