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Normal Eardrum

Normal Eardrum

The human body is a mysterious instrument. Whenever new symptoms arise—however innocuous they may appear—I try to determine their cause, if possible.

You can say it’s the influence on me of Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, in which the hero dies horribly after a trivial household mishap. (The link is to the excellent Louise and Aylmer Maude translation, which you can read if you feel that things are going too well for you.)

About two weeks ago, I detected what appears to be my left eardrum pulsating in a kind of rapid-fire flubflubflub with occasional pauses in between bursts. It does not seem to correlate with my pulse (which the physician requested that I check), and comes and goes at random intervals. Needless to say, it didn’t act up in the doctor’s office.

The good news is that it is not associated with any pain, and it does not seem to affect my hearing. The hearing in both ears is symmetrical, with me hearing all the low frequency sounds normally, but not the very high frequency sounds. So don’t attempt to summon me with a dog whistle.

Thus far, the only anomaly is that my left eardrum is slightly pushed in compared to my right eardrum. My guess is that all this is nothing to worry about, but I’d like to be sure.


2 thoughts on “FlubFlubFlub

  1. I got tired
    of leaning so far forward
    at noisy meetings
    I was tipping over
    trying to hear
    So went in for hearing aids

    They come with their own problems
    of course

    Chief amongst them–for me
    is managing the proliferation
    of earwax

    I can now hear the birdies tweet
    and the group leader speak
    when I go venturing
    upon an Audubon walk

    As for noisy meetings
    I can hear the speakers
    without unbalancing

    I’m even thinking
    of going partying
    Unfortunately I can’t drink
    without screwing up
    my life sustaining
    medications for gout

    I shall now
    return to lie face up
    upon the spine
    of my doghouse
    and contemplate
    my next steps 🙂

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