“Is it me or are bells ringing?”
“I’m afraid it’s you, Mrs Green.” The consultant was sympathetic but firm. “The damage to your auditory nerve is irreparable, which means the buzzing and hissing in your ears is permanent.”
“There must be something you can do!”
The best I can do is refer you to a counsellor who will help you to cope.”
Emma was distraught. If only she had worn ear-plugs to go to concerts or nightclubs. If only she’d been more worried then about hearing loss than looking cool. Now at 31 she was too old to be cool…but not too young to go deaf it seemed.
This post is part of the 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups at Julia’s Place.
About 7 million people in the UK have experienced tinnitus at some time in their life. For about ½ million of them it is severe enough to affect the quality of life. To get an idea what tinnitus sounds like, you can listen to this, or this.