Re: auditory-problem ("Linda A. Seltzer" )

Subject: Re: auditory-problem
From:    "Linda A. Seltzer"  <lseltzer(at)PHOENIX.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date:    Mon, 5 Feb 1996 12:19:51 -0500

I am a musician and engineer and not a physician, so please do not interpret my reply as medical advice, since it not. However, I can offer you the benefit of my personal experience. You may have a condition called recuitment, or hearing some sounds too loudly. The symptoms I had were the following: I had to sit in the back of the classroom, because the professor's voice sounded too loud if I sat in the front. When I played the piano, the high frequency notes were painfully loud. I could not stand the sound of dishes banging each other if I washed the dishes. A doctor at the House ear clinic in L.A. gave me many medications, and my friend, a medical student, was appalled at the pile of medications - such as a medicine to stop bleeding in the stomach (since I guess a side effect of an ear medication was to cause bleeding in the stomach). I never took any of these medications. (The person at the House clinic said he was going to write an article about my situation, since it was so rare to identify a case of recruitment, especially in a musician who could "quantify" the problem by frequency by means of a piano keyboard.) The way I was "cured" was very unexpected. I was at the home of some friends who had a fireplace and my ear was facing the fireplace. The deep heat from the fireplace came into my ear, and that caused me to have substantial relief permanently. There are still days when I have trouble with the sounds of dishes, but I don't have the constant problems as before. I would suggest heat and regular sleep and not worrying about it too much. My ears are still very sensitive, but I have not had the severe problems for more than 10 years. Linda Seltzer

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