Return to noisy office with hearing disability
Today, I returned to the office to see how I would perform with ability to hear human speech at the cusp of discernment. I am recovering slowly from something that caused fluid or swelling to build in my middle ear to the point of creating deafness. It happened over a week ago; I am taking the steroid, Prednisone and had one shot of medicine through the ear drum this past Monday. I had a blood test and have an MRI scheduled for the morning, so by Monday, the ENT doctors should have a fix about the situation.
Now, the funny business is that I speak loudly. I mean, I am shouting and don’t realize it. My business associate pulled me aside and suggested that I need to tone it down.
I want to describe the sensation. You see, when the outside world gets quiet, for me in my situation, the inside world seems to crank up. I can hear what sounds like the rush of internal body fluids. I can hear myself talk and cough and such.
Interestingly, there are saxophones playing in my head. It is a tenor sax playing a run against the backdrop of a bass. I normally sing and whistle, but I can’t really hear what I am doing so I have stopped. Still, there are echoes and remembrances of music in my head.
If I had been deaf all of my life, I may not have this sensation. Having lived in the noisy world, I have memorable artifacts.
I hope my hearing comes back, but I have also enjoyed the very quiet nights in which to sleep.
“Warning: iPods can damage your hearing
Listening to MP3 players at high volume increases the risk of deafness in later life, expert warns
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
In the past it was labourers in noisy factories and soldiers using firearms who lost their hearing. Now it is young people who crank up the sound on their personal music players.
A generation of children and young adults are risking deafness in middle age and beyond by listening to their iPods and MP3 players at high volume for several hours a day, a specialist has warned.
Inserting earphones into the ear canal intensifies the volume which can reach over 120 decibels, equivalent to the noise from a jet engine, according to Professor Peter Rabinowitz of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine programme at Yale University.”
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