It's spring and I am feeling awesome.
The winters are long here and I eventually feel terrible at some point despite having a good social-life, a job, and going to school. Same call it SAD, I call it living in a place with winters that are way too long.
This weekend I took a powerful 5HT agonist, have had a few nicotine gum pieces ( 4mg, I am a non-smoker although I have used tobacco products in the past) and I am feeling human once more. The gum pieces are really more of a indulgence/celebration than anything else they are not part of my regular diet :P.
The sun is out, the birds and chirping, the air is fresh... everything is coming back to life.
How this relates to head-fi...
I also notice my headphones are sounding MUCH better. Amazing in fact. Separation and imaging have increased, my sensitivity to high frequencies is stronger (I generally dislike bright headphones now anyways) and things sound like I remember hearing them as a kid. that and my sinuses have cleared out and my right ear is hearing evenly (I sleep on the right side of my face so this is not real hearing loss just being chronically stuff up more on the right side). It could just be the sinus I suppose but who here isn't used to their hearing fluctuating a little bit (or a lot) with the season and colds etc, but I am talking since about November.
As far as cost and effect goes I have spent:
1) Spring and sunlight : Free
2) 8 nicotine 4 mg gum pieces over 3 days (~4$) (Friday, Saturday)
3) 5-HT2a agonist (12$) (name omitted due to differing legal status in various countries) (Friday)
So for 16 bucks I now have my sound system better than ever and I have been sober for over 24 hrs... not bad if you ask me.
***bear in mind nicotine is extremely addictive, and although non-cancerous in smoke-free form it can cause problems with people with hypertension and/or arrhythmia similar to caffeine and that its use should not be taken lightly.***
***Research shows nicotine has many positive effects on the brain including increased concentration, memory performance, and the delayed onset/stopped onset of Alzheimer's.***
So I am wondering if people have any thoughts as to why this happens or if they have any similar experiences at similar or different times of year.
A quick google search has conflicting information about serotonin positively and negatively effecting our capacity to hear.
Tinnitus is thought to be caused by abnormally low levels of serotonin, but SSRI class anti-depressants are said potentially cause hearing loss.
It's the sound science forum and our brain is the final frontier for acoustics so hopefully there can be some interesting discussion.
I will post anything relevant I find on ProQuest and Ebscohost when I have the time.
Edited by sokolov91 - 3/20/11 at 4:37pm