This isn't the first time I've experienced this. I can't remember exactly when I noticed but some time a few months ago I must've had the same too. Basically I have a dull burning pain around the tragus of my ear (thats the flappy bit in your ear). It's not bothersome unless I press or sleep on it and it really hurts then. Could this just be related to the trigeminal neuralgia?
I've also had the odd episode of my hearing going funny. I was talking to a patient explaining a procedure and my hearing suddenly sounded far off like down a tunnel in one ear and it lasted for about a few minutes and then it was fine. It's happened a few times too.
I just thought it was strange and as it's happened a few times wondered whether any one else had experienced anything similar.