Now here is an interesting development. If I'm not talking to anyone, and if the radio is not on, I can hear music that no one else can hear. Often it's 40s music, like Tommy Dorsey, but mostly it's chorale or opera.
It's not unpleasant, and I gather it's tinnitus, which the Mayo Clinic people claim is a common problem, affecting about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
That's all very well, but I've listened to some of the best rock and roll ever recorded, some of the most amazing folk lyrics and some exciting and innovative indie music. My head chooses Tommy Dorsey to tell me I'm old?