NOTE: This list is a republication- Source: CrimeReads (by Lizzy Steiner).

Reader, I’ve been keeping a secret from you. Perhaps my insistence on writing endlessly about the Elizabeth Holmes case at the start of each round-up has been an effort to obfuscate the truth. (Speaking of Holmes, as of this writing, the husky-voiced huckster has given birth to bébé numéro deux and requested a delay on her upcoming 11-year bid.)

But now, with winter’s end approaching and “spring cleaning” initiatives about to flood our social media feeds, I feel a duty to, as my favorite songstress Hilary Duff croons, “come clean.”

Here’s my secret: I’m losing my hearing.

Relax. It’s just in one ear (my right). My left ear is fine.

Let me give you a bit of background: for the past two years, I’ve been dealing with a persistent ringing in my right ear. Actually, “ringing” isn’t quite the right word. The word “ringing” seems to imply something mellifluous (in tutor world, it’s GRE season, meaning words like “mellifluous,” “panegyrical,” and “obfuscate” are swirling around my head as of late), and the sound that provides the ever-present soundtrack to my life is anything but mellifluous.

If my life were a movie, it would sound something like this: an unceasing high-pitched dog whistle, inaudible to everyone else’s ears except mine.

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