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and Hearing Loss
Enjoying this website, I am! Learning
lots and laughing fit to bust. After
teaching 7th and 8th graders all day, I need a good, REALLY good, laugh
every now and then.
hearing loss possibility: During
the last 10 years, I have been accused of having "selective
hearing." As I have
observed over time, when my psoriasis and arthritis "blooms," I
limp and cannot hear a certain ranges of sound. Voices seem to disappear
at times. I have begun to read
lips and insist that my students face me when they speak.
Even then, I must get close to them.
With my scaly eyebrows, my scaly ears, the snowfall from my head,
my short hair-do, my scaly elbows, etc. they start backing away, so I
still cannot get a clear communication.
A couple of the kids have tacitly turned into
"translators" and repeat at close range for me.
A couple of them also have taken over the job of listening to
announcements from the PA system at school and repeating them for me.
Some of the
kids are very kind and laugh WITH me, the others laugh at me.
You know that I know that you know the difference.
Not much respect for decrepit granny with skin condition, bad limp,
weird hairdo, funny clothes and shoes that don't hurt.
As long as I can keep laughing...
when the skin returns to almost normal (takes the particular area
or joint about two years to leave the acute state and go into just-nagging
state), the hearing improves. Anti-inflammatory meds help sometimes. Makes
for an interesting lifestyle. The
crone moans. (And cackles.) (Just
in time for Halloween.)
Bye for now,
keep up the good work. Feels
good to not be alone. –Globehead
We need to bottle your world view, Globehead.
It should put a good dent in Prozac’s market share.
You possess IRO (intelligent and realistic optimism).
Frosted, of course, with humor.
I wish you had been my eighth grade teacher.
Until yours, it
had been quite awhile since I’ve received email about P and hearing.
Maybe your situation will strike a chord and we’ll hear (no pun
intended) from others.
isn’t what it used to be, either. Tinnitus
is one of my problems (ringing in the ears).
My GP has told me this may be caused or exacerbated by high
cholesterol; but since we’ve brought that down the noise hasn’t seemed
to subside (and I’ve found no other references associating this ailment
with high cholesterol). In my
college years I was an audiophile and learned through pursuit of my
passion (high fidelity sound systems) that my high frequency sensitivity
was well below normal for my age. Now,
with Tinnitus hitting me in my early 50s, here’s another indication that
my hearing is aging faster than normal.
Does any of this relate to P? I
don’t know. There’s some
anatomical correlations to consider.
One, lesions in
the ear have been known to effect hearing but mostly indirectly, by
clogging the canal with flakes reinforced by ear wax (that compound —
wax + flakes — must be good for something other than diminishing our
hearing ... a new waterproof adhesive, perhaps?).
Blockage like this will interfere with high frequency perception
before low frequency perception (for the same reason the boom-boom-boom
from your neighbor’s hi-fi woofers — bass speakers — is more
annoying than the soprano voices in that rock band).
But in my case, I was losing my high frequency hearing two decades
before I started to flake.
Two — and
this is a question, because I’ve read or heard nothing about it —
might the bones in the inner ear be susceptible to P or P-arthritis?
Keep the kids laughing WITH you, Globehead (aka Mars B.). I look forward to hearing (no pun intended) from you again, soon. -Ed