The Day I Found Out I Was Going Deaf

I was told I had an inherited condition

The problem wasn’t the phone. It was my ear

As usual, I was multitasking; making brownies and talking on the phone at the same time. Being left handed, I held the phone to my left ear. But in the middle of our conversation, I switched it to my right ear so I could stir batter with my left hand. I was startled to hear my friend clearly. The tunnel effect was gone.

A skeptical doctor and a diagnosis

My next step was to visit a doctor and tell him I thought I had otosclerosis. The doctor was skeptical. “It’s very rare. I’ve never seen a case of it,” he said. “Sometimes people experience a slight loss of hearing when they listen to music that’s too loud or when they don’t clean the wax out of their ears. Have you been listening to loud music?”

Writer, editor, publisher, journalist, author, columnist, believer in enjoying my journey and helping other people enjoy theirs. bknicholson@att.net

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