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July 22, 2008 |
I am a recent college graduate and have been a tinnitus sufferer for the last 15 months. I, too, have found only the sound of cicadas to be a comforting masking. My T has turned my world upside down, so I'm encouraged and thankful for how you manage to continually bring joy and laughter to all of us. I love listening to your show.
That eternal ringing in the ears can be an irritation, Jayne, but maybe it's some sort of spur, too, to do things that engage us to the point of not noticing tinnitus. As you know, there is no cure for this sort of nerve damage—I tried acupuncture and herbal medicine, no luck—so one simply must live with it. I never notice it during a show or rehearsal so there's one more reason to keep doing. It's bothersome to a writer but it can be masked with music, particularly vocal music. That Faure Requiem I have heard so many times, it's a wonder the words don't creep into the Lake Wobegon stories, a little boy soprano singing "Pie Jesu" in Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility Church. As always when one's world is turned upside down, it doesn't hurt to talk to a therapist, but I recommend perseverance and reality-avoidance. And if you find a cure, be sure to let me know.