Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Strange things are brewing in my head...
I don't mean strange thoughts, I mean strange physical happenings.
For over a year now, I've had this consistent, nagging ringing in my ears. You know how when you get back from a loud concert and turn into bed, you have that awful high pitched ringing in your ears? I have that all the time. I have not had a moment of silence in nearly 2 years. I long for the days when I could lay my head on my pillow and fall asleep peacefully.

I spoke to my doctor about this. She was concerned that yes, it could be from listening to my iPod too loudly, but that it could also be a symptom of a greater problem. I waited eons for an appointment with the specialist at Sunnybrook. I had a bunch of hilarious tests done (hilarious because I felt like I was in a 1970's science experiment video)

Alas, they found nothing wrong with my ears or hearing, so they sent me on my way with a brochure with info about "coping with Tinnitus" and the wise words of "the ringing is a natural occurrence in our bodies; some of us can hear it, and some of us can't" Great. Thanks.

But I was having trouble coping. Not just with the ringing, but with the other strange things that started happening. Every now and then, the sound in my ears shifts all the way over to one ear, leaving the other ear deaf, which throws me a little off balance for a second. It only lasts for a few seconds though, and then rights itself.

Yesterday, something even more unnatural happened. I was sitting in my German class, listening to the teacher, when suddenly out of the blue, my hearing did that side-shifting thing again, only worse. My right ear went dead, and all the sound in the room shifted into my left ear with a strange droning buzz. Then, everything took on this awful echo. I could hear my teacher talking, but her voice sounded like it was down a resonating, metal tunnel with massive reverb. I could barely understand what she was saying as the room seemed to do that thing that they do in the movies when the camera zooms in and pulls out at the same time, making for that very Alfred Hitchcocky effect. I was just about to jump up and run out of the room, when everything went back to normal. I was left with only a slight hint of weirdness, like I just had to shake my head and all was ok. The whole ordeal only lasted somewhere between 5 - 10 seconds I would say.

What do you think? Should I be heading back to the doctor?

1 comment:

Daniel said...

i would say for sure go to the doctor. It's one thing to have to deal with ringing. I know others who have that problem (but they are all 50+) but to have sounds shift and deafness and what not. That's no joke.