From the beginning, in every interview I’ve given, I’ve insisted that the interviewer answer two of my questions:
The first question is, “Do you think that tinnitus is real?” (The answer is almost always “Yes”, which leads to the second question.)
“Why do you think it’s real?”
I admit that I take pleasure in the awkward and sometimes stunned silence that usually follows. You see, tinnitus is self-reported, as is the Hum. Why is one credible but not the other? The answer is simply one of proportions. So many of us have experienced transient high frequency squealing noises and tones that nobody questions another person who also reports it. But since a much smaller proportion of people experience the Hum, some people have doubts. It’s a good thing that so many typical, everyday, and responsible people are in our ranks.
So the next time you encounter skeptics, you have two questions for them.