A Good Day and an Interesting Syndrome I Recently Learned About

Early Friday evening. Sitting on the couch in the den. Tired after a day of cooking as well as working outside on eBay items that needed just a bit of cleaning and fix-up before they are photographed and put on our site. It’s a good tired. The kind you have after doing physical work. The kind that makes you feel just fine about wrapping up the day and heading upstairs for an evening of television watching. Ray has a new HBO Sci-Fi series that he thought I might like to watch. I’ll be going up shortly after I finish this 20 minutes of writing.

Where to go from here with my writing? I could describe the tinnitus that is an ongoing part of my life. High pitched ringing in my ears on a daily basis. Most of the time I don’t notice it too much, but this evening, maybe because I’m tired, I can hear the ringing loud and clear. However, hearing about one of my maladies isn’t very interesting. What is interesting is that the other day I learned of “Musician’s Ear Syndrome,” which is a condition in which a person who has hearing loss actually hears music playing.

This syndrome is the brain’s effort to fill in sound for a growing-deaf person, and the music can be a symphony or popular set of songs or whatever kind of music the person might like. It is an auditory hallucination, which may sound so real that the growing-deaf person might not even realize it’s not actual music until he or she mentions the song playing to someone nearby. When they respond, “What music?” then a light bulb goes on.

Of course, this is only diagnosed if a psycho-social evaluation and physical examination show the person has no mental or physical problems. Apparently, it is more common than one might think but often goes unreported. Often people are afraid they have moved into dementia. But usually, it’s a signal the person’s hearing has diminished and the brain is trying to compensate for that lack of sound.

Now, to me, that’s interesting! I certainly wouldn’t mind trading this high-pitched ringing for a tune or two. Of course, I hope there would be a good rotation of songs. Hearing the same one over and over might be a bit maddening. (Here is a link if you’re interested: https://www.healthline.com/health/musical-ear-syndrome).

Okay, on that note (no pun intended), I am off for a bath and some television watching. I hope you have a lovely Friday evening and I’ll check back in with you soon.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. TLynn says:

    Did you know you can train your brain to stop tinnitus? I can’t explain all the whys and wherefores, but it’s pretty easy, though takes awhile—it is retraining the brain. I read about it in a scientific magazine, and put it to the test myself, and it worked! All you have to do is audibly make the sound. Match it exactly to the ringing for about 15 seconds, then slowly reduce the volume to nothing. Repeat as necessary. At first it won’t seem to do much, but after a few weeks you’ll be able to turn it down like turning down the radio. I don’t even have to make the sound audible anymore—just imagine doing so and reducing the volume in my head, and I can turn it off in about 5 seconds. Hope it works for you, too!

    1. Kelly Wise says:

      That is interesting! Every time I have tried to mask my tinnitus I end up feeling claustrophobic. Fortunately my tinnitus sounds like the cicadas around a campfire so when it becomes too noticeable I transport myself in my mind to a campsite in a beautiful night woods and enjoy the fresh air and cracklin’ fire.

  2. Wow. No, I didn’t know about that. Cool. I will learn about that.

  3. Mine sounds a lot like that too. I’ll try that. I love a cracklin’ fire!
    Hugs to you. Len

    1. Kelly Wise says:

      Come on over, I’d love to sit around a fire with you!!

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