One of the most common side effects of Meniere’s disease is tinnitus, where you hear a buzzing or grating sound in your ears. The constant noise can drive you crazy and it makes it difficult to do things. For some folks the sound is always there, in my case I don’t have it all the time but I occasionally have it. Usually my tinnitus comes right before an attack, sort of a warning system that something is about to happen. Another thing that brings on tinnitus with me, as I found out this week, is bad storms.
I live in the Atlanta area and as you probably have seen on the news there were massive thunderstorms, hail, hard rain and many tornados. Luckily we were in a location that was spared from tornados and hail but we did get the heavy rain and thunderstorms. The storm didn’t hit our area till late at night but the air pressure and the wind arrived much earlier than that and so did my bout of tinnitus. I guess it was around 6 o’clock in the evening when my ears, especially my bad one, started to become full. Shortly after that the sound in my ears started to get louder and the fullness was as if I was at a very high altitude. There wasn’t much that I could do but ride it out.
But after seeing all the damage and hearing about the loss of life the next day on the news I can definitely say that we were very lucky. It was terribly sad to see the vast destruction that this storm caused. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy.
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