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For a fleeting moment I knew what key my tinnitus[1] is in and bolted out into the living room to grab one of the electronic keyboards and a set of headphones to confirm it. Unfortunately Vogon was asleep and Laurel was watching TV, and its horizontal scan rate noise throws my perception. I am ready to unplug that irritation box. Vogon assures me LCD television sets do not make that noise (the one we own is in his study and not the living room), but the harmonic between the TV and my tinnitus has been annoying the crap out of me since I quit watching TV last month. DO NOT WANT that noise.

I'm going to hole up in the bedroom again with more soothing BBC World Service and get back to reading Oliver Sacks. I smile every time he references Jourdain and all the mentions of plasticity. Does neuroplasticity count as a fandom?

I am tired of the TV-noise and need to either cajole Vogon into enabling wireless connectivity or just run a network cable into the bedroom so I can have internets without the torture of TV-noise. I keep having good ideas spoiled by hearing the same few episodes of iCarly, Hannah Montana, and Wizards of Waverly Place. Sufficiently annoyed by TV-noise, I would happily beat up all of their casts and knock Billy Ray Cyrus about the head until he stops using that dreadful "kuntry" (misspelling intentional) dialect.

Good noise was on Selected Shorts this week, though; Percival Everett's "The Appropriation of Cultures" read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. I laughed so hard I almost peed myself. The next time I see the Confederate flag, I will hear the story's main character say "That's the black power flag, brothers."

1. If I heard a high A continuously as Schumann did late in life, I would sell everything I own for any medical intervention to make it stop.


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Feb. 15th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Do you wear people as hats?
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I do not, although I own a copy of that book. I'm reading Musicophilia right now, then rereading An Anthropologist on Mars.
Feb. 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've seen this before or would even find it interesting, but I stumbled across it while looking for information on hyperacusis/misophonia:

Feb. 16th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I consume information like I feed my sweet tooth.

My experience with misophonia is pretty limited. The sounds I can't stand mostly involve cardboard and styrofoam.
Feb. 16th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Sadly, having perfect pitch doesn't make the tinnitus any more pleasant. You're like, "Oh GREAT! A fucking A again." And usually, it's when you're working on something in a rather unrelated key musically like F# major, or Eb, or some such. If the ringing continues for more than a few minutes, you often end up just stopping what you're doing, and go cry in the corner, or something. It's worse if you get double rings, which happens to me sometimes. One ear, one pitch, one ear, something close, but off just enough to have a discordant sound.

If you want though, you can always make a voice post humming the pitch you hear, and someone can always respond in the comments.
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Double rings would have me thinking about crying in the corner! We plan to replace the offending TV with something quieter and more energy-efficient, but that's a good while off. (We don't watch it often, but Laurel loves to watch cartoons on the weekend.)

Vogon has perfect pitch so I usually ask him to identify things outside my reliable range of relative pitch. I'm good up to the E above high C before I'm shooting in the dark.
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