I played even when I had an ear infection!
One saxophonist had inconveniently contracted an ear infection before a concert. He could not hear what people were saying, and he could not hear the sound of other instruments. However, on stage, he played as he always did. How can that be? The sound was transmitted through his bones. He could not hear with his eardrums, but he could hear the sound throughout his body. Your own voice sounds different to you when you record it because you normally hear your own voice through your ears as well as through your bones. When suffering from an ear infection, it is as if the saxophone becomes a part of your body.