Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sunday 29th Jan

Over the next few days more of my hearing gradually returned. I started to conduct my own hearing tests early each morning to track my progress. It's amazing what resources you can find online. Each morning before anyone else in the house was awake, I would creep downstairs excitedly to check if there had been any improvement in the night. I indulged my inner geek and created a graph using Excel to track my progress. Each small daily improvement gave me hope that I might one day regain something approaching normal hearing in my left ear. There was still one big problem with my newly returned hearing, well three actually. First, it was badly distorted, second, it was badly out of tune with my right ear and finally it was somehow spatially disconnected from what I was hearing in my right ear. Fascinating and disturbing at the same time. As the lower frequencies started to return I detected that they were behaving themselves better that the mid to higher frequencies. I had no real high frequencies to speak of. The upshot of all this was that whenever our kids spoke, or even worse shouted, it went right through me in a way that chilled the blood. I love our three kids dearly but I was wearing an earplug in my left ear for most of the weekend just to avoid going insane. Jude (4) acquired a new word from his sister Tallulah (10) and kept shouting it out, feeling very pleased with himself. Penis! penis! penis! "Do you know what that means daddy?" Thanks Tallulah. It could have been worse I suppose..


  1. Happy to read that part and the progress! Way to go!!
    As for the kids, I need my earplugs every time I have to work and they are around. Just to avoid the unnecessary conflicts :)
    Good luck with the recovery! And thanks again for sharing it with us. Hugs and support from us all!

  2. I've been living with tinnitus for about 4 years now, I think finally triggered by an intimate Prince after-show gig in the indigo @ O2. I can really relate to the kids problem, there are certain frequencies that are triggered when they laugh, that actually drives pain through my left ear. I can live with the constant annoyance that the tinnitus gives, but the pain caused by your children playing is upsetting.

  3. Some earplug have a built-in filter to selectively filter frequencies, they also are a lot better 'wearable' than the usual yellow/orange/green rubber thingies. Maybe these kind of earplugs are an option?

  4. Wish you all the best, Mark!
    My brother-in-law recovered his full hearing a few years ago, so keep making that effort and you will be ok!