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Personal Tinnitus Ramblings

A few years ago my wife (of now 44 yrs.) suggested I get a hearing evaluation, to which I complied. I digress slightly here, making note that I'm convinced one of the main reasons I've been married so long & so happily, is that I learned early on to comply with almost everything she suggests, also noting that she is smarter than me & is mostly correct about pretty much everything upon which she opines. Okay, so I have had a ringing in my ear(s) since 1970, which was brought about by a rocket (in Viet Nam) landing close enough to knock me out of my bunk one night in our base camp. >The hearing evaluation was done by a person in a hearing aid store. Upon completion, the gentleman showed me the graph of my exam & explained things I didn't understand until he looked at me & said, "I could sell you an excellent hearing aid for a very reasonable price, but it wouldn't do any good. Hearing aids aren't the answer for your problem." I always knew that volume of conversations / sounds wasn't a problem, I just couldn't understand some things people said. He told me I wasn't hearing most vowels because of damage to something in there, meaning, I supposed, in my ear and all the non-audiophile cable connections to my brain. Sadly, I concluded no amount of hi-end connectors, nor application of De-oxit would help. The good news is the ringing is very clear, and tinnitus does come in handy to excuse not hearing something you don't want to (commonly referred to as selective hearing). Also don't know if sensitivity to loudness is related to tinnitus, or if it's just old age, but I find that sounds or noise a bit louder than conversation level are painful.
Everyone thinks I'm strange except my friends deep inside the earth


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