Sometimes I wish I could play the piano…

Wasn’t in a great mood tonight when I got in to work. Really didn’t want to talk to anyone and people kept following me around wherever I went before the shift started. I tend to get waspish when I don’t want to talk to people, and really everyone is better off if they just leave me alone. I’m not looking to be cheered up when I’m like that. I guess hyperactive trying-to-be-cheerful people just don’t get that.

A woman fell at my position tonight at the end of the show. She couldn’t hear me over the insanely loud music that plays as people are leaving, and she apparently wasn’t watching where she was going and completely missed the flashlight-lit-up step I was pointing at and trying to tell people to notice. I felt bad for her, she was really annoyed at having fallen. She told me she wasn’t hurt, and got up fine and went on her way.

Oh, and speaking of insanely loud music, I’ve noticed when I’m lying in bed at night I can hear a high-pitched ringing in my left ear. Now, I don’t know if I have hearing damage (oh wouldn’t that be fantastic) or if it’s just that occasional ear-ringing when I’m in a silent room thing I used to get when I was younger. I’m hoping it’s the latter. Ear damage can’t be fixed. And yes, I wear earplugs every night at work, to hell with what patrons might think if they notice.

4 Comments

  • skamp21

    April 14, 2004 at 10:59 am

    The ringing is tinnitis. If you’re only getting it sometimes, I wouldn’t worry. Basically what happens there’s little hairs in your ear that vibrate and register sound, and if they’re overstimulated (like I’m sure they are after a show), and then the sound suddenly dies, they don’t know to stop vibrating. Mine do that too after shows, or even just if I’m in an extremely quiet environment (I think of it as my ears getting bored). You can go to an audiologist and get it checked, but there’s not much they can do for tinnitis besides tell you to stay away from loud things. Getting it just every now and then is normal. But if it progresses to last for days at a time, or if it doesn’t go away no matter what kind of environment you’re in, then you might want to start worrying.

    Don’t mind me…I hang out with audio engineers.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      April 15, 2004 at 9:31 am

      Heh. I AM an audio engineer. Studied in in school. I know it’s tinnitus, I’m just hoping it isn’t.

      • skamp21

        April 19, 2004 at 9:36 pm

        Crap. I apologize for treating you like an idiot. I think I was just all excited because a kid in my class just gave a presentation on ear damage, and I was all excited to show off my knowledge.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          April 19, 2004 at 10:20 pm

          Hehehehe… s’okay. People don’t generally know that I know anything about audio, since I don’t exactly talk about it all the time or anything. 🙂