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We watched an Aussie movie tonight, called Noise. It was absolutely absorbing. The main character was a policeman who had tinnitus but didn't know why it was so bad. He was also involved in a nasty murder investigation. He was an unusual character and yet we really liked him. When the tinnitus became really bad he would lose hearing or fall down, and during the film he revealed his was awaiting test results to see if he had a tumour. He was understandably tense. The film was an arty one, that messed with your hearing, often imitating the sounds of ringing in your ears, and other sounds as well, so that there was no peace, but it was subtle, building up to quite an intensity. The dialogue was realistic and often caustic, and very believable. But the movie ended without tying up anything. No golipe. We were left wondering... oh, and they rolled the credits in silence.

I have ringing in my ears - but it certainly doesn't make me miserable. I mostly hear it at night when we turn off the tv. I used to drive my mother mad when I was lying in bed at night, as that's when I would be aware of the noises in my ears. I'm aware that my hearing is really sensitive, especially when I'm tense or tired. I hate the beep of the scanner at the supermarket. It makes me wince. I hate shouting. I hate loud television and I think that's why I don't like going to the movies. Sometimes noise around me gets to me. Sometimes I find classroom noise almost too much to bear. I love silence. I never listen to the radio apart from Saturday morning cancellations. I think we live in a noisy world.

It's pouring with rain again tonight. It sounds good on the roof. Now that's one sound I love!


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May. 25th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
I share your dislike of loud noise. I don't have ringing in my ears, though I have experienced it (I had a cold at the time) but I do have ultra sensitive hearing, connected with the aneurysm that caused my eye problem. The world is indeed a very noisy place!!
May. 25th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I could imagine the aneurysm played havoc with your head. It's such a wonderful miracle that you survived all that. We're so lucky to have you!
May. 25th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, I feel quite lucky to have me!!!*g*
May. 25th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Lovely post :-)

I haven't seen the movie but will keep an eye out for it.

I also love the sound of rain on the roof, particularly if you have a tin roof. Unfortunately most of our roof is tile, although I guess that's a good thing when the rain is really heavy (and therefore noisy!).
May. 25th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks.

Some Australian movies are kind of raw and - I dunno - maybe too close to the bone when we're used to a diet of UK and US stuff! But I just love ones like Noise. Clever, tuff kind of films that don't beat around the bush in terms of language and action but have a lot of layers if you care to look carefully.

Like Perfect Skin *g*

We have a tin roof. Of course we have insulation and stuff, fancy plaster ceilings, but it's still a good sound.
May. 26th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I don't like especially loud noises either, but I do love the noisy world around me. I know it drives my mom crazy, but I like it. It's fun for me, because I can make it seem almost like background music.
May. 26th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
-I do love the noisy world around me.
Heh, I'd like to retreat to a bach by a lake in the wilderness!

Oh and a bach /batch/ is a little holiday hut *g*.
May. 26th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds amazing!
May. 26th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but totally impractical. There's the small matter of family... *g*
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