By: Dev Menon
A couple of months ago I went to an Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) specialist due to some irritation in my ears.
After some very unpleasant scopes, the good news is that he said there was nothing visibly wrong, nor was there anything deficient about my hearing capability.
The bad news was that I still had an incessant ringing in my left ear. It was diagnosed as ‘Tinnitus’. Cue Wikipedia:
Tinnitus (tɪˈnaɪtəs/ or /ˈtɪnɪtəs/; from the Latin word tinnītus meaning “ringing”) is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a wide range of underlying causes: neurological damage (multiple sclerosis), abnormally loud sounds in the ear canal for even the briefest period (but usually with some duration), ear infections, foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, or wax build-up.
Now, if you’ve ever fired a gun – imagine that post-firing ringing sound at a reasonable volume, going on perpetually, waking or sleeping. As you can imagine, though not even remotely life-threatening or painful… it is immensely annoying to say the least.
So annoying in fact that my usual enjoyment of quiet times and places was shattered, as was most of my ability to get a good night’s rest… which explained my absence from church a couple of weeks ago (2-3 days of less than 3 hours sleep really will make most people seriously unstable).
Thus this began to prompt a lot of time of miserable and sustained reflection on this perpetual condition that is generally without cure.
I would like to share some of these with you over the next few days or weeks.