Monday, July 04, 2016

What is the Sound of One Ear Whispering?

This post gets a lot of play from google searches. Answer is in the comments - be sure to read them.

tin·ni·tus (t -n t s, t n -)

n. pl. tin·ni·tus·es

A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external stimulus and usually caused by a specific condition, such as an ear infection, the use of certain drugs, a blocked auditory tube or canal, or a head injury.

Huh. It doesn’t say a word about hearing soap bubbles dissolving. Do you know the sound I’m referring to? I’m going to be sexist here and suggest that some men may not know, since the only examples I can come up with involve bubble baths or sinks full of soapy water intended for washing dishes. I’ve never put my ear near the head of a beer to listen, but it may be similar. It’s the evanescent sound of a lot of bubbles melting simultaneously, which is entirely different from the sonance the head on a soda pop makes. In carbonated liquids, the bubbles explode, where the sound I’m hearing is that of bubbles imploding. Shampoo! That’s it. It sounds like I have shampoo in my ear.

It’s been going on for a couple days. It began in my left ear, and after a while, it actually seemed to move to my brain, in the space a couple inches above my ear – the area that isn’t quite the top of my head, and not quite the side, either. After a while, it moved back to my ear, and has been there ever since. I can’t figure out what’s causing it, but it’s driving me nuts.

I know … there will be some “empty-headed bubble-brain” jokes coming my way. Yuk it up. But if anyone knows how to get rid of it, beyond the obvious “wash your ears,” I’m well … all ears.