The verdict is in. . .

. . . and yes, all the ibuprofen and naproxen I’ve taken over the years has given me tinnitis, and has also affected my ability to hear very high frequencies, around 8000 Hz. This explains why I have difficulty distinguishing T and S and similar high-frequency speech sounds, especially when there’s background noise. Speech at about the same volume as the tinnitis gets lost in the ringing sounds, too. Which makes people sound mumbly (. . . um, Northwood. . . ?).

This really sucks. It’s bad enough to have to choose between taking painkillers and walking (with less pain), or not walking; now I have to choose between pain and more pain?

On the other hand, I suppose I should start to embrace the idea I’ve been foisting off on Grandma for a year or two: What you hear is so much more interesting than what people actually say! :rolls eyes:

Taking the dog up in the mountains this afternoon, I seem somehow to have wrenched the less functional of my knees. It is presently under ice, which bloody well better fix it. I am seriously fed up with all these idiotic things that keep adding up. Seriously.

Must not forget: I have a book recommendation. Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin, the ultrafamous high-functioning autistic woman who’s been involved in animal research and practical application all her life. Because she is autistic, a condition that affects the neocortex (the big thinking bits), she has unique insight into the way animals probably think. It will entertain, inform and amaze you! She has a newer book out, too, Animals Make Us Human, that I want to read, but I wanted some of the background theories and insights first.

One of the things that tickled me is that she emphasizes frequently that people are first and foremost animals, something that I’ve harped on for years. She points out that not only do we still have the reptilian and lower mammalian brains in common with all other animals, but that they’re still working just fine, thank you. I think it’s dangerous not to recognize that fact, because if we don’t, it autmoatically means that we won’t look for behavioral causes rooted in our commonality with animals. The “they are not like us” caution against anthropomorphism should more properly be turned around, and stated “They may not be like us, but we are like them.”

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Well, DUH, dude, didn’t I just SAY that?!?

You have to speak. more. clearly. !!

Me, I don’t mumble, maybe you lost hearing at that frequency?

No kidding—you need the comparison to know just how much more interesting were the things you didn’t hear!

It sounds like an interesting read. 🙂 As for the hearing, it really is more interesting what you hear vs what people say, but it’s a small comfort when you can’t really hear what people are saying.

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