Silence, in this case, is defined as a complete absence of sound. How many of you have experienced complete absence of sound? I have never experienced complete silence. Let me explain.
Many, many years ago when I was a young boy, I was laying in my bed sleeping. I woke up in the middle of the night and just laid there for a few seconds listing to all the night critters (crickets, katydids, etc.) sing their beautiful songs. That is, until I realized it was in the middle of winter with over a foot of snow on the ground. It should be completely silent, but it wasn't. Yep, the sound was coming from my own ears.
Earlier in my life, I had suffered a lot of ear infections during which caused my eardrums to brake or, if caught in time, lanced. That had left me with a constant sound, which I have to this day. The sound seems to get louder if I am not feeling well, but last night and so far today, the ringing in my ears is quite loud. I do not feel sick, so maybe this will be my "normal" from now on.
I suppose that it inhibits my hearing to some extent, especially sounds that are of the same or near the same frequency. I used to wear hearing aids, which did seem to help some, but they wore out and I have never replaced them. This morning the ringing seems quite loud, but maybe that is because I have been thinking about it and writing about it here on my blog. Now, I would appreciate it if you all would stop ringing all those bells and just have a great day, you hear?