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December 3, 2022

Can silence actually drive you crazy?

December 3, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


Yeah, probably, if you really like a lot of daily noise around you and suddenly it 's not there.

The kind of noises you hear in the cabinet of quietude could drive you a little nuts, too, if you're not used to hearing the workings of your innards and such. There's a weird, and I'm told, rare, condition called superior semicircular canal dehiscence (google it to find a way better explanations of it than I could give), sometimes just called SCD. In this situation, which can be in just one or both ears, you usually hear your heart beating, your lungs breathing, your teeth chewing (like gangbusters with crunchy stuff), every step you take, the sound of your own voice strangely magnified, like if you had a bucket over your head, the bones in your neck, back, arms, etc., creaking and cracking, swallowing noises, gastrointestinal gurglings, and for an ultra bizarre experience when ambient sound is very low - the movements of your eyeballs in their sockets. No joke! How do I know all this? Because I've had SCD in my right ear since I was 13 years old. It's been a feature of my life for such a long time that it is no longer particularly troublesome to me. In fact, I find it kind of interesting to listen in on on purpose every now and then when things get dull.


Posted by: Flautist | Dec 3, 2022 6:20:44 PM

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