What is polygonum doing posting at this silly time? Well – I can't get
back to sleep because of a noise. For some time now (at least months) I
have been noticing a strange noise. Searching around, one the better
descriptions appears on Wiki:
For a moment, I think it is a distant aircraft – which I expect to get
louder and then fade away – but it just continues.
For a while I think it is the fridge or the freezer – but investigation,
even switching them off, doesn’t change the sound. Or the central
heating. Or the gas or electric meters. Or the router. Or the printer.
Or the ioniser. Or the clock on the oven.
For even longer I traipse round the house expecting it to be louder in
one room than another. And maybe it is a little. But I hear it
everywhere and am never sure whether variations are me or it.
For a bit longer I try to convince myself that it is a bass component to
my tinnitus. But I cannot do so. It reduces immediately I go outside and
starts up again the moment I come back inside.
Any foreground sounds are enough to knock the hum out. But the moment
the environment is quiet again it returns.
Sometimes I can go without hearing the hum for hours – maybe days.
(Funny, you really notice it is there but not when it disappears so it
is difficult to keep track of.)
Oh – and partner never hears the hum. In every other way we seem to have
very similar sensitivity to sounds so I am constantly surprised that she
cannot hear it at all. Ever.
Every other sound I hear I feel I can interpret – at least if they go on
long enough. I hear washing machines, lawn mowers, cars, aircraft,
birds, rain, wind, cats, CFLs, hum from battery chargers, and on and on.
This is the only thing that completely defeats me.
A tired, sleepy polygonum.
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