||[Jun. 7th, 2011|01:50 pm]
About a month ago, I developed a weird ringing in my ears. I first noticed it about a week after Coachella, at a massage appointment. I'd brought in my own iPod and had it plugged in to one of those little clock radio type things, and about halfway through my massage I noticed this weird, high-pitched tone. It seemed like it was coming from the iPod speakers, but I didn't say anything about it. After my massage, when I unplugged the iPod, I noticed that I was still hearing a high pitched ringing.|
I subject my ears to a lot of loud stuff: rock shows, movies, demolition derbies, motivating gym music, etc. And I don't usually wear earplugs. But I'm also rarely up super close -- I like to position myself in the 'sweet spot' back and to the middle. Sometimes I might have a little ringing right after a show or even the next day, but it usually goes away. The last set I saw at Coachella was the Presets, which was awesome and epic and joyously ear-splitting, and I was right up in the little VIP section next to a WALL of speakers. But I didn't notice any ear issues until the massage, over a week later. A few weeks after that, when the ringing wasn't any better and I was getting another massage, the guy who works on me said that he had noticed the weird noise coming from the iPod as well on my previous visit. He also said "sometimes bodywork can release or do weird things." Hmm. My doctor took a quick look and saw nothing wrong; he had me make an appointment for an audiogram, aka hearing test, which hasn't happened yet.
Since then I've been trying to be better about wearing earplugs at shows. I find that it's the smaller spaces I really have to be prepared for, as you're more likely to be standing right next to the speakers. I wore earplugs during some sets at Sasquatch, but in certain areas like the one and only dance tent they have, when I would put in earplugs I could only hear ringing and not much else. So I took them out and moved back and to the side.
On Sunday I was at a Mariners game with Johnny and I started to feel really tired, and then like I was getting sick. We took the train back to his house, and on the walk from the station to his place I could barely keep up. I laid down in his den and about an hour later I was shivering with fever. Corianton took me home and my temperature was 103. After a rough night and lots of TLC from my man, I got my fever down and went into the doc the next day. And this time he said "Wow, you've got a really infected ear!" So now I'm on an antibiotic and hoping hoping hoping that this is the cause of the ringing, and that it will go away.
Today, Corianton woke up with ringing, stuffy ears. He just got back from his doc and the diagnosis was the same: ear infection!