I met with the doctor today to review my current challenge with hearing. And some good news. After an array of tests, the human audio system of Richard Cleaver is in excellent working order.
His view is that the tinnitus that I am experiencing is temporary and it will soon be on its merry way. Most cases of tinnitus are quite minor. He cautioned me that Dr. Google will highlight the extreme cases which is simply not consistent with the overwhelming majority of people who experience the condition. And, for me, the experience of tinnitus that I have gone through over the past week has been very scary. I can’t imagine the stress that some people have to go through with prolonged tinnitus.
A number of notable people who have endured tinnitus include Ludwig van Beethoven, Bono, Betsy Casey, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, John Densmore, James Hetfield, Guy Kawasaki, David Letterman, Gabe Lopez, Craig Nicholls, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, BedÅ™ich Smetana, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Straw, Barbra Streisand, Peter Sun, Pete Townshend, and Thom Yorke. Lots of musicians in that list.
So. Can I still play music? Yes. Can I still record audio and do live sound? Yes. The only thing I can’t do is play the violin. And that’s because I don’t know how to play the violin.