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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

Yup, most musicians I know deal with some version of Tinnitus. I went to a "chiropractor" that did some kind of energetic touch or something and for a brief moment or two the wrangling calmed down. Lovely, but he charged so much for sessions that I decided to just accept it - as you say, "It just is." If I'm listening to something else, I don't notice it as much...thanks for another sweet story, Josh!

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My tinnitus appeared around Christmas when covid finally got me. The covid passed quickly, one tough day, but the drone stayed. The ENR doc shrugged off the covid explanation with maybe-hard-to-tell. After hearing tests and an MRI, no explanation or treatment emerged. Slayer, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Ramones, Aerosmith (sorry 'bout that) et al are decades gone though probably dinged the ear bones. Knowing there's nothing to be done has made the buzz more tolerable. Hardly notice it now, except if I wake in the middle of night. Silence brings out the worst of it.

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Doug, coming over to your place to discover that John Doe was your surprise dinner guest more than made up for that Aerosmith show!!

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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

Saw/heard Spalding Gray in SF years ago -- fabulous! What a loss to the world when he passed on.

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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

Yup. I have it also, from an ear infection 8 years ago. I once studied sound engineering with the Jefferson Starship’s engineer and he told me there are tiny muscles in your ear that clench up in anticipation of a loud noise - they can protect you. It’s the unexpected high decibel level stuff that can cause most damage.

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Sorry to hear about your tinnitus, Kristin!! What that sound engineer told you is fascinating: one time, a few years ago, a totally out-of-the-blue loud sound greatly exacerbated the ringing in my ears.

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

Wow, I had no idea. A major part of your life that has *not* made it into a monologue! Thanks for sharing this story.

Bye the bye, while I have no professional journalism experience, I did write and edit for my high school newspaper in the mid-80s. So I recognized that Bodoni Bold font headline!

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

i remember my dentist havimg to quit his practice due to his tinnitis..and i think about u when ever i get junk mail to cure tinnitus because u told me those things do not work and it makes me so upset for u.. don't be upset, i am doing it for u!! luvya!! Laura X

and thanks again for making my GoFundMe about the need for tooth fairies go viral!! it sits a top my lauraorthwein FB page. pinned so folks can Share it as did Josh. amazing how that program works.. i get donations from the kindness of strangers! of course they are known to my friends or friends of friends, but it works!!.

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

"TINNY-tus" as they (annoyingly) say here.

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

Using Avenue Victor Hugo as a temporary refuge is a reassuring thought. Now they’re in Lee, NH....

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So cool to find out from you that they still exist, safe and sound in NH!

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who??

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

An excellent used book store that used to be on Newbury Street around the corner from the Phoenix office.

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Apr 16, 2023Liked by Josh Kornbluth

oh. the place that they sent josh to to chill in peace.. smart move!!

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