I swear mine is so loud I'm surprised it doesn't keep my wife awake. In my
case I have Meniers which is another of those things they don't know the cause
or any cure. The dizzy spells decrease as the hearing goes. I'm now almost
completely deaf in my left ear but still have the ringing.
Red Oak, Texas
Be careful--there's way more than one forme of tinnitus. I had "pulsitile
tinnitus" in both ears (worse in the right--the left ringing tended to mask the
pulse) to the point where I only needed a watch to get my pulse. After a bunch
of tests, the closest guess was otosclerosis, where the stirrup bone (stapes
for the latinophiles) is frozen to the middle ear by a spongy to hard bone
mass. An interesting bit of microsurgery can clean things up, and I had to
take my pulse the normal way.
Turns out the pulsitile tinnitus was a combination of a really good bone-to ear
connectiuon, and the fact that external sounds were getting grounded out.
Can't remember if the pulse came back the two times my left ear prothesis
failed--if you are allergic to stainless--actually nickle--*tell the docs and
make them research it*. Most people think that nickle allergy is strictly a
skin condition, but I have the remnants of the anvil bone and a stainless
implant to tell me otherwise. Titanium works OK (when installed
correctly--failure number 1), as does the plastic/ceramic stuff they use when
the middle ear bonework needs a forklift upgrade.
Too late for me at 60, but that's good news for coming generations. The
cause of my tinnitus would be hard to trace-- high fever as a kid, drill
sergeant in the days when the Army said "ear plugs?", raced cars. The last
time I fired a rifle without ear protection all the sirens of hell let
A lady on the production line in a factory where I used to work
(electronic assembly, not a noisy environment) had a constant "popping"
noise in her ears. It was at about heart rate, don't know whether it was
synchronised. If you placed your ear next to hers, you could hear it
too. Must have been hell to live with. The noise, not the lady.
Read the part about "Joke."
Parkersburg has such an ordinance, too. Unfortunately, it generally takes the
cops about 3-6 hours to respond on their fast days and 3-6 days on their slower
If the respond: they usually don't.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet
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