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(@tim_madsen)
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Hi, hope everyone here has been well. I haven't been around in awhile, I ran into a little misfortune. About a month ago I came down with something called Sudden Sensorinueral hearing loss. I've had a greater than 90 db loss of hearing in my right ear. I've also got constant vertigo. My doctor says he can fix the vertigo and I'm scheduled for treatment at the end of the month. There isn't a lot of hope for much improvement in my hearing. I have had a 5 db improvement over the month. This has put my singing in our church choir on hold which really sucks. I tried to sing last Sunday in warm up but hearing all the other voices made me disoriented. I'm still playing guitar and banjo but they sound real funny. I have to mute my banjo because it hurts my bad ear if I don't. If you ever have a sudden loss of hearing in one ear get to a ear specialist right away. The sooner it's treated the better your chances of recovery. Just thought I'd fill in my Guitar Noise family on what's been up. Prayer gratefully excepted.

Tim Madsen
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"What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever." -Axel Munthe


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(@ricochet)
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Just prayed for you. That's a terrible thing to have happen. Something like a stroke in the inner ear?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@tim_madsen)
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Yes it is exactly like a stroke in the inner ear. Thanks so much.

Tim Madsen
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"What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever." -Axel Munthe


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(@specialsof)
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Wow... very unfortuanate - already prayed for you as well.

I am not sure, but I think something like that happened to Doyle Dykes(the famous Taylor Guitar instructor - see http://www.DoyleDykes.com ) and he was miraciousely healed from whatever it was, so that now he playing and I guess hearing like he did before. I talked to him personally about this a few years ago, and it was wonderful that he got well. I am not sure it was the same thing you are suffering from, but is always hope.


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(@kcfenderfan)
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Sorry to hear about this, Tim. Best wishes on a quick recovery. I hope they can find a way to do something about the hearing loss.

Jim


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 Bish
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Tim, that is terrible news. Very sorry, man.

Hope you can get back to normal soon!

Bish

"I play live as playing dead is harder than it sounds!"


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(@tim_madsen)
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A little update. I played with my Bluegrass gospel group Sunday. Got a little disoriented once but played through it. By in large it went well. Had a battery of tests Monday for the vertigo. The results showed that the problem is not in my ear so I'm haveing a CT scan of my brain Friday. Get the results on 4/9.

Tim Madsen
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"What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever." -Axel Munthe


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 Bish
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Sheeesh....good luck, my friend.

Bish

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(@rparker)
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Oh man, best of luck with all that. Amazing how all of that is connected. I am really fortunate hearing-wise. I hope yours comes back somehow. My best wishes.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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(@violet-s)
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Prayers for you and hope you get well soon :D


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(@tim_madsen)
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Got the results from the CT scan, no tumor :) I also got some more hearing back but still can't recognize language. I'm gonna start PT next week for the balance/vertigo problem. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.

Tim Madsen
Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.

"What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever." -Axel Munthe


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(@tim_madsen)
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I've finished all my PT and my balance is pretty good now. I still have no functional hearing in my right ear but more of it has come back. I'm learning to adapt and I've played a gig since my last update. They didn't throw rotten veggies! :D I sure miss the richness of stereo sound though. Could be worse. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Tim Madsen
Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.

"What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever." -Axel Munthe


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(@takhara)
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You have my prayers bro.

My dad had something sort of like this happen to him a few months back. It seems pretty terrible.

Best wishes to you.


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(@ricochet)
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I'm glad you're getting return of function!

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(@smokindog)
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Hey Tim, glad you are doing better. I've been listening to a lot of bluegrass and mountain music since I moved to Greenville SC a few years ago. :D

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