Multiple Sclerosis has given me numerous superpowers. I have been known to fly across the room from time to time. I can create some truly amazing take-offs and landings too. I teleport things like my keys, the TV remote and even my phone to strange places in order to keep them safe from thieves. Who would think to look for those things in the dishwasher, microwave or the freezer. And one ability that has become annoyingly prominent lately is supersonic hearing. Really, it’s true.
It’s amazing how many faint and normally unnoticed sounds I hear. Just today I noticed that when I shuffle papers around on my desk it sounds more like a tornado getting ready to touch down than actual paper.
I have started setting my TV volume really low most of the time because I can actually feel the sounds rattling around inside my head when it is turned up. It’s not very comfortable having sounds rattling around in your head like that.
And one of the worst moments is when I’m in a room with a group of people talking all at once. All the voices and sounds bouncing around in the room start bouncing around inside my head too. It’s almost as if the nerves in my ears go into overload and I just want to throw my hands up and tell everyone to shut up.
I find myself sitting in the quiet more now just because it’s so calming. No music, no TV, no chatter…just me, my coffee and my computer. It’s funny, even typing on my keyboard starts to get to me after a while. Of course I do more hunt and peck now days so it’s not as loud as someone typing 70 words per minute.
I noticed that my hearing has become so sensitive that any sudden or unexpected sound catch me off-guard and I jump like crazy whether it be a ring-tone on my cell phone, a knock at the door, the buzzer on the dryer, or even the new mail sound on my computer for my email.
I can hear whispers from across the room too, but don’t tell anyone. I don’t want people to know that I can hear their secrets. Shhhh!
What amazing creatures us MSers are. I wonder what new superpower I will discover hidden away in the shadows of my day. Oh, look. Did you just see that? I have discovered that I can melt an ice cube just by staring at it, and with a little bit more effort, I can even make the puddle disappear too.