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The Jingle Bell Drone of Tinnitus and Songs to Help Hide It



Today’s prompt is “tin.” There’s bonus points, but I’m not going to worry about that.

My tinnitus gives me the joy of hearing the drone of jingle bells all the time. I don’t notice it until I think about it which is not very often or when there is silence. Never silence because of the ringing. But I’m really used to it, so it doesn’t bother me much except right now because I’m thinking about it. It’s like a thousand tiny jingle bells ringing in unison. Or like a high pitched buzz. But enough of that. I will let it fade into the background where it belongs as I go back to the prompt: tin.

Songs come to mind easily. There’s “One Tin Soldier” which I’ve written about here before. It was the first movie David and I saw together during out high school romance. (That’s in my book. 😉 ) I learned to play the song on my guitar. Oh! The theme song to what? The movie Billy Jack is now something of a cult classic. Anyway, here it is again. I must’ve seen that movie twenty times over the years. It came back as a rerun when I worked at the movie theater which was my first job besides babysitting. Okay. Here’s the song:


Then there’s the song by America that goes, “Oz never did give nothin’ to the Tin man that he didn’t, didn’t already have…”   America’s “Tin Man,” is a lot more soothing. I love their sound. Enjoy! Lot’s of soft oooooooh oooh ooohs to go with my jingle bells droning in the background. Not a bad mix.

I still don’t know what the “tropic of Sir Galahad” means. I looked it up just now for a couple minutes and it’s still not clear. Guess what. I don’t care. It’s still cool. The tin man always did have a heart. That’s more important. We all have a heart. Sometimes we hide it or harden it. But sometimes it grows like the Grinch when he heard the Whos singing without any presents it all. Christmas comes anyway. Every year. Sing! Sing like Buddy!

Buddy the Elf singing

Speaking of the movie Elf, this scene always makes me smile and tear up in a good way.

Merry Christmas to all!


Happy Holidays!

Holy Days.

Happy Days.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

41 thoughts on “The Jingle Bell Drone of Tinnitus and Songs to Help Hide It

  1. Ha! So clever !! I Always enjoy your posts!! have severe tinnitus from Meneiers Disease. A hearing aid helps with my hearing loss AND softening the tinnitus and eat pressure.

    • Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I’m glad the hearing aid helps. I might need one eventually. I have trouble hearing the person next to me in a room where a lot of people are talking. Wishing you a merry Christmas!

  2. JoAnna your post made me curious about the “tropic of Sir Galahad”, so I spent some time searching also and I got squat. Since Sir Galahad is one of the three achievers of the Holy Grail, it is probably a mystical place.

  3. I still hear a background “static” after having a bout with sudden hearing loss last year. I don’t normally notice it, until, as you say, I think about it.

    Great song selections!

  4. Tinnitus is a constant companion for me, and yes, I notice it even when I’m not thinking about it.

  5. Tinnitus must be most distressing – but you bear it well

  6. Joanna, this was pleasant surprise with the video of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It was quite elaborate. Hope y0ur Christmas is memorable and lovely. I also have tinnitus and I”ve had this mess since I was in my 20’s. Sometimes very loud and other times not too bad. Certain foods and stress causes mine to be much worse.

    • Thanks, Yvonne. Noisy places make my tinnitus worse. I had not thought about the food. Anyway, thank you for that Christmas wish: memorable and lovely. I think it will be a quiet one which is fine. Same to you dear lady. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019. ❤

  7. I, too, suffer from tinnitus, and like most of the medical professionals have advised me, I have learned to live with it.

    I love the songs from America (the band), but for their sound, not for their lyrics. Most of the lyrics to most of their songs make little to no sense.

    Merry Christmas.

  8. Very entertaining post. Happy Holidays JoAnna!

  9. Happy Holidays to you, too, JoAnna ❤

    I have also learned to live with my tinnitus. Sometimes it gets louder, for inexplicable reasons, making it difficult to ignore.

  10. One Tin Soldier and Tin Man are blasts from the past. I closed my eyes and listened and remembered every word like it was yesterday. Thanks for the nostalgia on this wonderful day.

  11. Lovely stream of consciousness on human kindness and how we should follow our better angels. Hope that tinnitus pipes down.

  12. Elf is the best😊

    I’m glad you have gotten to the point where tinnitus doesn’t bother you. I hear it’s torture for some people.

  13. Sir Galahad, the real guy, was the son of Sir Lancelot and one of the three knights associated with the quest for the Holy Grail. In Monty Python’s version of the Holy Grail, a crazy mashup of Don Quixote, Arthurian Legend, and British humor, Galahad is the third knight to join the quest and is a pretty funny guy. The mention of his name, along with “tropic” reminds me of ‘galloping coconuts!’ I’m not sure if America were referencing British comedy, but it’s like magic! Somehow, the Tin Man makes my ‘heart desire’ a squire to click coconuts behind me as I gallop. According to them, “you can have anything that you desire,” therefore, Anything IS Possible! What a fantastic band to be represented in your blog! Any chance your subconscious did that on purpose?? 😀 Merry Christmas!

    • I have tinnitus as well, and lately it is like sirens. There isn’t much that blocks it out…..but singing along with you and America were an awesome diversion!

    • Ah! I would not be surprised it my subconscious had a lot to do with it. I love how you connect the dots. What fun to remember the galloping coconuts! Anything’s possible. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Kat! And best wishes in the new year!

  14. may your bells ring happily in your heart, JoAnna!
    i admire your making a song out of it.
    happy Christmas time 🙂

  15. Merry Christmas JoAnna ❤ ❤ ❤ . I wish whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year!!!

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