Tinnitus in Stereo
I think it’s been happening for about 2 weeks now. The first time it happened, it startled me as much as it would if I could suddenly hear again.
Have you ever used one of those metal noisemakers they give out at New Years parties? The ones I remember were rectangular with a little spinning handle on one end. You held onto the handle and with a flick of the wrist, the metal part would spin around, making a weird kind of clicking noise. It used to remind me a little of the sound it makes when you put a playing card in the spokes of a bicycle wheel and ride around.
Well, lately my right ear, which has been completely deaf for over 15 years now, comes to life at times with short tinnitus bursts that sound exactly like one of those noisemakers. It never lasts very long, but it’s very loud!
I never really thought about which ear I was hearing tinnitus in. It just felt like it was in my head in general. But now it’s very obvious that the musical constant tinnitus is coming from my left ear. My right ear has only recently begun chiming in. Now I have tinnitus in stereo.
There can be 3 or 4 different sounds going on at once. I get the constant sound from my left ear and periodic “boop”, “whirrrrr”, “click click” from the right. It’s so amazingly obvious that it’s coming from my right ear that it was almost exciting the first few times I heard it! It makes me realize how long it’s been since I heard things from both ears at the same time.
Even though I was an adult, in my 20’s, when I was wearing a hearing aid in my right ear and my left ear was unaided (even though I had a moderate hearing loss at the time), I can’t remember hearing sounds in both ears. I really can’t imagine hearing in stereo.