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Mic check mic check one two one two!

My ear is a microphone.

No, really.

Most of the packing was taken out. Apparantely there is still some within my ear that they will take out next week.

I appear to have my hearing back. But it's FUCKING LOUD!!!! Holy shit. Loud loud loud. I hear things very sensitevely now. Buses and trains make me temporarily deaf. If kids are laughing on one end of the block, I hear them on the other end as if they are right next to me.

I often wondered what Daredevil's enhanced hearing was like. Well, I would like to officially state now that his powers were bullshit. There is no way I can hear someone's heart with the deafining decible levels of NYC surrounding me. Unless his real super power was seperating out what he wanted to hear.

Obviously, my ear is still healing. The doc says it might be another few weeks before my hearing restores to "normal." OK, I can live that long.

In the meantime, talk a little softer, ok?


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Mar. 29th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
Hey you :) I'm so glad to hear that you came through surgery okay--I've been keeping an eye on your LJ. I can totally relate to everything being too loud--my ear injury resulted in permanent amplification in one ear. Not that this will happen to you, but I wanted you to know that you can get hearing aids that actually _screen out_ painful frequencies instead of amplify them like the battery-powered ones we've all seen. Mine is clear with a tiny hole and a filter bored down the center--most people don't even notice it and it sure keeps me from doing the permanent wince. :) Just in case this information ever is useful. *big hugs and hang in there!*
Mar. 29th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Permanent? Really? Wow... I can't even imagine.

What did you have done?
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
I think I may have told you this? Having weird hearing is really tough to describe unless you've been there firsthand, so I wanted to make sure you knew you weren't alone in this. I had a freak SCUBA diving accident in February of 2003 that didn't burst my ear drum but instead burst the "round" and "oval windows" in my middle ear, resulting in permanent nerve damage in my left ear. I mean, it's kind of a cool story, I suppose (wreck diving in Guam), but the effects of the accident and the fact that they're permanent definitely contributed to my current level of anti-depressant use. Jeezus. So my "hearing nerves" in the left ear are either dead (the high frequency ones) or prone to excessive excitement (certain frequencies are incredibly loud, hence the hearing aid). I can't dive anymore (love the snorkel, love it, I say!) and I have to stay within the top 10 feet of water b/c any drastic pressure changes will kill off more nerves and I'll lose the lower frequencies as well. Initially it sucked beyond all imagining, yes, but I've adapted and I'm just grateful I am allowed to fly again--I was stuck in Guam for 6 months unable to fly home! (Thank goodness a) Guam rocks, and b) I was there for work so the imprisonment definitely had its up sides, including copious poolside frosty beverages). Plus, I no longer fall over all the time. Heh.

Mar. 30th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
OK (and please accept my apologies in advance for comparing my problem with yours.) Yours involved nerve damage, which is permanent. (I am actually taking Florical, and will for the rest of my life, as a preventative measure to keep just that from happening.)

I'm wondering that if since my condition was due to otoschlerosis, with no discernable nerve or inner ear damage, that this amplication effect will be temporary only?

Doc says give it a few weeks, So I will.

PS - I miss you! It's been way too long since I've given you a hug.
Mar. 29th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
i asked Rorie to send you the info for the dates for Capex. i hope we can work something out. i have heard great things about you ;)

feel better,
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
Got em, and will be replying soon. I have heard... suggestive... thoughts abour you. ;-)
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
mmmm.... Suggestive thoughts about me???? :) i can only imagine what you have heard- care to share

Mar. 30th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think the phrase was something along the lines of "Kendell... canes... uh-huh."
Mar. 30th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
i have such good friends :) i can't help it, i lust over those damn things.

Mar. 30th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
*Remember what I said about how you talk loud on the phone because you can't hear yourself?...

MmmmHmmm....*just call me...Dr. Bre...*can I play operation now?
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Yes Dr. Bre... *pulls out the gameboard*

Can I have a lollypop?
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
*Awwwwwwww....Twisted!!! You are Twisted!!!!!
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Congrats I am glad that you still want to live? I thought you would be surprised.

Las Vegas
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
So what you're saying is that you're going to have to stay away from people who can get... noisy... for a while, hmm?

I guess I'll just have to continue to be the good friend that I am and keep as many of 'em occupied for you as possible....
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
Like many artists, I may have to suffer for my art. So thank you, but I think I'll keep my share. ;-)
Mar. 30th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)

glad it's going better. :)

Mar. 30th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
This reminds me of an experiment I read about in college psych class. These mad scientists strapped goggles on some guy's head that made him see everything upside-down. For weeks he never took them off and kept walking into stuff. Then one day, he woke up, and even though his goggles were on, everything looked normal again. He was fine. Until he took the goggles off, and then it took him several weeks to readjust back. The brain takes its sensory inputs and does what it needs to do to function.

I really think you're just in some transition phase, plus the physical parts of your ear are still healing. I have faith you're going to be OK.

Glad you're doing well dude.
Mar. 30th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
I hope it all calms down soon. I have no idea what it's like, but I'm sure you'll be okay.

And isn't it usually the case that superheroes have flaws? ;)

Mar. 30th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Glad that your condition has improved, but you have a point about the intensity of city background noise. My hearing goes up and down from all the flying I have to do and accompanying congestion, and it is an adjustment to go from dull to sharp when it comes to hearing things.
Mar. 30th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
I love you. I suggest you have all your playmates gagged to cut out unnecessary noises.
Mar. 30th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Miss you.
Mar. 30th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Miss you too -- lots.

The Masters is almost over though. Maybe i'll have some space to breathe when it's done. Unless the PhD is pure hell.

Mar. 30th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
At least your hearing which is a good thing, and the docs says it should normalize.
My eardrum healed but ive lost frequency in human speech range, hit the right tone and all i hear is The charlie brown world adult voice
Mar. 30th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
I will make sure not to sing any arias at the LPN meeting then....
Apr. 1st, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
Hey Phil, wana ride in the car? I just burned some CDs!!
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