aka The Frazzled Mom
When I think of the word “sound” lots of ideas pop into my head…
A big part of my life, music has been a comfort as well as a motivator. Whistle while I work? Don’t mind if I do, though others might….
I go through spurts when it comes to genres. For some reason I can’t listen to a mixture of music. Today, its movie and television soundtracks. Tomorrow, it might be the Classical period with Beethoven or the Romantic period with Rachmaninoff (can’t see his name without thinking of Frasier-Niles: No, you’ll be happy to know that while Frasier was getting his Rachmaninov’s, I was learning to play the piano.). The following day I might decide on Coldplay , Rend Collective or Harry Connick, Jr. I go where my mood takes me. Much to my husband’s amusement it often involves minor keys. (:P to him)
I find the occupation of a Foley artist fascinating. I remember going on a tour at Universal studios as a child. I don’t think they do this now, but at that time…many years ago, they’d show behind the scenes of certain movies and the tricks used. For example, the Royal Wedding where Fred Astaire danced on the walls and ceiling. Or how Hitchcock used chocolate syrup as blood going down the drain in Psycho. But what I found most fascinating: the sound effects. Disgusting images were accompanied by the sound of digging into a cantaloupe. Of course, this also reminds me of another Frasier episode. “Look out! He’s got a nug.”
Sorry…what was I saying? heh, I had to watch it again.
At any rate, all of this was in my head after my daughter brought up Helen Keller, whom she’d just learned about in school. Which led me to recall when I’d lost partial hearing due to my TMJ. It’d happened shortly after a bad cold. I’d thought it was just impacted sinuses or maybe an ear infection. I saw a primary care physician, who provided ear drops and antibiotics. A week later, there was no resolution.
To describe what it was like? One ear was a half of a pitch off from the other (seriously…like E major on the right and E flat on the left, for example). So when I’d listen to music or play music on the piano, it always sounded off. Tinny even. And it was extremely frustrating, to put it mildly.
Because it hadn’t resolved, I had my hearing tested. It was off, about 50% on one side vs the other. So I took the results and headed to an ENT specialist. I’ve posted this before, that the nurse so matter of factly stated that sometimes people experience sudden hearing loss. Maybe, perhaps, before a diagnosis is given you might want to keep those thoughts to yourself? Why? Because as the patient, it put me in a panic. I might have just permanently lost my hearing?
Long story shortened a bit: With a sore achy feeling in my jaw, I went to my dentist. I’d had a night guard for my clenching, but had lost it recently and, for the past two months, wasn’t wearing anything at night. That’s when I learned the potential damaging effects of TMJ. Thankfully I had a new guard made and in a few weeks, my hearing returned to normal. Still, the idea of losing that sense, of losing the ability to listen to music ever again…my heart sinks at the thought.
I only hope that my experience might be of use to others that are suffering from a similar situation.
And now…back to Pandora radio.