I wanted to post a quick update to let y'all know of a small change.
This morning, one of the little gals in my class was asking me a question. The room was fairly quiet, but I couldn't hear her. She repeated her question three more times, each time with me kneeling closer so I could hear. Finally on the fourth try, I heard her enough to understand her question. I tell you, it was a dagger in my gut. I had the thought that my career was going to take a sudden change.
This afternoon, though, I started to feel a bit of relief in my right ear. The pressure seems to be loosening. I still have ringing, but the pressure in that ear seems to be better. Last night we had some massive thunderstorms throughout Central Texas - enough to have some small waterfalls in the vacant property behind our lot. When I was out taking care of our chickens tonight, I could lightly hear the falling water. That was a wonderful sound, to be sure!
Anyway, I wanted to say thank you for your support. I know I didn't reply to everyone, but I appreciate each of your comments and good thoughts. It really does mean a lot.
I'll keep y'all updated, positive or negative.
If you are experiencing ringing in the ear it sounds like you are especially sensitive to noise. You can buy cheap ear muffs anywhere. You might get several of them and keep them wherever you might work.
I've had mild ringing for probably a few years. Maybe 5 or 6 years. Tough to keep track. I like the idea of getting multiple sets of protectors and putting them wherever I might need them. Thanks, Steve.
4. The absolute worst of all? "Aural Cognitive Disfunction." The worst of the worst. Let's suppose that you are standing in front of me, speaking clearly enough and loudly enough. The sounds that you make do not match word-sounds in my head. I can't figure out what you're saying. My kids are almost 40-somethings, hard to have any kind of a conversation.
I can't even imagine, Brian. That's gotta be really tough!
Get an Otovent to clear out any blockage.
I hadn't heard of these. I'll run them by my ENT in a few weeks and see what he says.
I'm adamant about hearing protection while working in the shop with my grandsons or while shooting.
Thanks for this. We're going to be getting some small ear muffs for my daughter. She's not around a lot when I work in the shop or driveway, but I want her to develop good habits now so there's no problems later!
All I can suggest (other than seeing medical professionals) is to wear hearing protection when doing woodworking with power tools.
Thanks, Jim. I bought some of the squishy in ear protectors while I decide on an over-the-ear style protector. I'm sure I'll get a few and put them around my shop so I can always find a pair.
Having been a musician for 35+ years and playing very loud R&R as well as attending some of the loudest rock concerts on record during the 60's 70's and 80's, as well as being a SCUBA instructor for 20+ years and damaged my inner ear on a few up and down dives, I feel your pain and concerns
I have tinnitus and have had since my late 20's, I've learned to live it with it myself and fortunately it has not gotten worse with age and time (I'm now 60)
I do not wear a hearing aid.
A few things that have occurred to me that have affected my hearing significantly in recent years aside from the above mentioned were:
- Spa/Jacuzzi's are terrible for the ear ...
- Last year I went to the doctor for an unrelated issue. During the exam, he mentioned to me my ears had a significant wax build up and do I want him to clean them. ...
I'm sure the ENT Dr. you went to was top notch, but sometimes Dr.'s can be singularly focused and may not have examined contributing factors.
No jacuzzis here, but wax buildup is a wonderful perk of being in my family.
The ENT (top notch, for sure) didn't say that I had any buildup. Surprised me that wax wasn't part of it, to be honest!
Amazingly, the band sounds good even though half of the players can't hear - LOL!
Thanks for this, David. In another life, I was a music teacher and saxophonist. It feels good to know that there's life after hearing problems!