Friday, February 24, 2012

3 Chords & the Truth: Glad to be 'hear'

Today was a snowy one here at the worldwide headquarters for better music on the Internet.

It was coming down pretty good for a while, there. Got pretty wet a couple of times when I ventured outside.

All in all, though, I'm glad to be hear.

That's not a typo. I'm glad to be back hear with a brand-new episode of 3 Chords & the Truth after most of February away. That's because for a good week of this month, I couldn't hear well enough to properly put together the Big Show.

It all started with a sinus infection the first of the month. Then, I guess you might say, it went rogue.

ACCORDING to the doc, a virus likely attacked my right middle ear. According to me, it was pretty excruciating . . . and really loud. The ringing in my ear, that is.

And a session with the audiologist showed that much of my hearing in that ear was gone -- "severe" hearing loss in all the mid-range frequencies. In my line of work, that ain't good.

So they shot me up with steroids to relieve the swelling and pressure in my ear (Did I mention how bloody uncomfortable the pressure thing was?), and a few days later, I got to have my first-ever CAT scan and MRI. The MRI tech assured me there was a brain in there and -- even better -- the ear, nose and throat doctor assured me the scans showed "nothing exciting."

If he's not excited, I'm happy.

Then another round of hearing tests showed my hearing had improved to "normal." Praise God.

"We fixed you," the doc said, surprised my hearing had returned so quickly -- there was a chance
that it wouldn't at all. Then he paused for a second.

"God fixed you," he added.

I don't disagree. Sometimes I still feel a little dicey in the wake of all this, but hearing is wonderful. I'm going to try to hold on to it. And I heartily recommend big-ass doses of steroids -- in pills and via a needle to the hip -- and bigger-ass doses of prayer.

Both work.

AND NOW . . . on with this week's episode of 3 Chords & the Truth. Let's just say you know it's a good one when it features A) an entire set devoted to songs penned by Liz Anderson and B) another set devoted to the Apocalypse.

You just ain't gonna get that on the radio, Hoss. But you will on the Big Show.

It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.

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