A ringing noise in the ear
A friend used to sleep with a noisy fan in her room. Why? To drown out the ringing noise in her ears.
Then another friend, let’s call David, started complaining about a ringing noise in his ears. As he told the story of how it began, I realised that I too have tinnitus. In fact, I have had it all my life and only recently did I realise it is an actual medical condition.
Falling on your head
Another friend told David he solved his tinnitus by sitting at the end of his bed before going to sleep at night and dropping sideways onto his ear. I am not sure how long David did this for. But, I know he has sought other remedies. So far – unsuccessful.
I have also been unsuccessful in finding a remedy. My tinnitus is louder when I am stressed, when I ride my motor bike and when I surf. I don’t know why. Sometimes, I notice it goes away. Not now, however. While I am writing this blog, I can hear this high, ambient shrill in my ear.
Ambient noise! It’s amazing how we humans can adapt. Most of us have some kind of physical discomfort thing going on with us. From physical niggles to major handicaps – we kind of figure out how to live with them. While at the same time always on the alert for a potential remedy, seeking the hope of finding comfort or even healing.
A wise man named Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
Extreme suffering or setbacks are obvious battle grounds to the human experience. And, we know hard times will come to all.
But, often, it is the “ambient” discomforts that can drain our hope leading to our “hearts being sick”. As much as we need faith and grace through the traumatic stages of life, we need faith and grace for the constant dripping of the “tinnitusses” of life.
This too is part of the human experience.
What is the “ambient” noise in your life?
How are you coping?
Have you experienced the deferring of hope? Do you have a remedy for tinnitus other than falling on the side of your head?
Let me know in the comments section.