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eatabean11 karma

I would like to add that as a (almost) deaf former professional musician, my ears prevent me from hearing music as I know it should sound. If I could somehow disconnect my ears and stop the tinnitus and distortion I would enjoy music a lot more than I do now. I miss the good old days.

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Are there any books about the history of magic devices? How does one gain access to that info? The brotherhood protects our secrets so well...

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I have worn hearing aids for thirty years. When I shower I no longer hear the water, but with my hearing aids I can carry on a normal conversation. My musical training taught me to "hear" with my entire body, much as you describe. I played in orchestras in the USA and Europe, and the choice to give it up cost me dearly. The technicians who program the hearing aids were surprized I could hear the small changes as they tweaked the parameters. As for tinnitus, if you have no chance to physically reduce the perceived sounds, you simply need a strategy to cope with it. My strategy is to occupy myself with things I enjoy doing. That way I am distracted by the constant Niagara Falls-flock of birds-bell factory in my head! If you ever were able hear music I think you would definitely enjoy it, although it would be VERY different from your own perception of what it is. Thank you for this AMA, I think you have shown a great strength and have been an inspiration to many.

eatabean3 karma

How would you describe the fidelity of your "new" hearing? I have lost all but bass in my right and have severe loss in the left. Is this something I should look into at age 54? What are the advantages of this over a cochlear implant?

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And you can call me Al.