I wonder if tinnitis was as common before the hum of electricity?
It goes back...wayyyy backhttp://www.tinnitus-audiology.com/history.html
The first written account of medical treatment of tinnitus is all the way back to the Egyptians. For the bewitched ear and humming in the ears, they would infuse oil, frankincense, tree sap, herbs, and soil; and they would administer it via a reed stalk that they put in the external ear. The Mesopotamians documented on clay tilework their rituals and chants, and they used to chant to get rid of the whispering or singing in the ears. These are two of the chants. "Whoever thou may be, may E restrain me." This is E depicted in the figure. He was the god of water. The other incantation was, "It hath flown against me. It hath attacked me. O seven heavens, seven earths, seven winds, seven fires, by heaven be ye exorcised." I do not think they worked.
In the 19th century, the work of Frenchman, Jean Marie Gaspard Itard advanced the study of tinnitus with some progressive ideas that we still adhere to today. Most tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. He gave the earliest descriptions of objective versus subjective tinnitus, and he recognized that the treatment often failed but, meanwhile, the physician was to make the tinnitus less unbearable. Usually he did this with masking. Finally, in the 19th century, we saw advances in technology and in the germ theory and anesthesia. Electrical stimulation evolved as a treatment, and germ-free surgery allowed more attempts at surgical therapy, including ligation of offending blood vessels as well as incudectomy.
As with most medical problems there is more diagnosis today than yesteryear...but does thaty mean there is more problems today...or just more diagnosis?
-- 04 Apr 2012 22:20 --
marc mc wrote:
You start to hear the fluids moving inside yourself in about 5 minutes. Your sense of time excellerates and about 10 other freaky things. It would not take very long for panic to set in and 20 minutes was more than enough for me.Marc mc
Gives you an idea on how important our sense of hearing is.
Helen Keller, when asked what sense would you want to have back
always replied my hearing