February 9, 2016 – A great read from The Atlantic by Julie Beck, courtesy of American Tinnitus Association.
Millions of people have a ringing in their ears—a condition called tinnitus—often with no discernible cause.
Melanie West, 63, has had a ringing in her ears as long as she can remember. When she was a kid in the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was a high-pitched sound in both ears that her doctors did not believe existed. “I would go from doctor to doctor explaining, ‘I hear this sound inside of my head, and it won’t let me sleep.’ I was having a hard time concentrating, and they would tell me that I don’t have it,” she says. When West was stressed, or hadn’t had enough sleep, it would get worse and her grades would plummet. Once, the noise made her so tense that she broke a hairbrush she was holding.
To read more, click link: “The Sound That Comes from Nowhere.”
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