Worth Giving a Try…

I’ve gone on a few times about some of the struggles with which I’ve contended around hearing. I’ll summarize the summaries:

Sound is a problem.

Too summarized?

Okay: sounds are familiar, but something’s not “right”.

I’ve recently started to wonder if part of the challenge is actually something of a hypersensitivity to sound. Apart from going through a period of deafness, so to speak, I wonder if that deafness was something of a neurological attenuation of sounds trying to bring them to appropriate levels for comprehension. Perhaps the initial concern that I’d made — that sounds felt effectively overdriven — may have been an accurate interpretation.

Now I find myself wondering if some mild-grade earplugs with a low NRR could be somewhat beneficial. I don’t need (nor want) a 32 dB NRR solution, which would be ideal for motorcycling or shooting sports. But it’s certainly worth giving something mild a go to see how it will impact my perception.

Permanent? I can also see that it would be as long-lived as my need for a cane has been. I found it inconvenient.

Urgent Care

Had to stop at urgent care on Wednesday–sinus and ear pressure reached unbearable levels.

As I suspected: sinusitis secondary to the downhill from the flu.

Prescription filled, fluids added to both me and the tow vehicle, and back on the road toward the primary objective.

On the plus side, we’re now down at sea level and the pressure is quite high, but tolerable.

As an aside, the wind in eastern Washington today was so bad that we only made 160 miles on the tank; we usually make 275.

Also, I’d completely forgotten how astounding it is to see Mt. Rainer from waaay out on I-90 just outside of Spokane on a day as clear as this. Wish I’d had my faculties about me to have captured a vid or pic.