Movie: Sound of Metal — A Drummer's Life Is Turned Upside Down After He Starts Losing Hearing

Discussion in 'Awareness & Fundraising' started by another sean, Aug 8, 2019.

    1. another sean
      Studious

      another sean Member Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Long duration of low audio
      There is a new music drama film coming out called Sound of Metal about a drummer whose life is turned upside down after discovering that he's losing his hearing. I bet tinnitus will be a part of it.

      It stars Riz Ahmed (Rogue One, Nightcrawler).

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    2. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

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      US
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      1990s
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      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Wanted to bump this since this movie came out!
       
    3. HeavyMantra
      Bugridden

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

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      Steadily worsening since 2018
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      Seems like a good movie. Tinnitus does not seem to be featured though, lucky character I guess...
       
    4. weab00
      Gloomy

      weab00 Member Benefactor

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      Joe Dart's basement
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      some good mf music
      I will have to add this to my list of stuff to watch some time in the indefinite future when I no longer have hyperacusis.
       
    5. HeavyMantra
      Bugridden

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

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      Steadily worsening since 2018
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      Unknown
      Pretty quiet movie so far except for the music in the beginning. Dude becomes almost deaf very early on and the audio is low and muffled (except for a tinnitus tone for a minute early on). I can't handle this shit right now because of my own worsening, tough watch...
       
    6. Cernuto
      Spaced

      Cernuto Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      The part where he's tasked with writing and sitting peacefully, in an effort to be comfortable with his silence, was tough to watch, though ultimately helpful to me.
       
    7. Alexandras
      Balanced

      Alexandras Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020-07
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL
      Long story short, I enjoyed the movie Sound of Metal, however... there was almost nothing related to the tinnitus.

      Maybe only the feeling he got when the cochlear implants were turned on. The constant disturbed noise.

      I wish someone would create a movie about a tinnitus hero, and obviously during such movie the tinnitus sounds should be played all the time. It would be interesting to see how many people would not be able to finish watching it and leave the cinema. That would raise the awareness of general public.
       
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    8. Danny B
      Dreaming

      Danny B Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear syringing
      This movie was actually extremely cathartic and helpful to me, even though it addresses deafness and not tinnitus. There are going to be spoilers about the general direction of the plot in this comment, although I won't spoil specifics.

      Riz Ahmed's performance of someone who is trying to keep up the facade of self control in public while freaking out and crying in private reminded me a lot of my onset period with tinnitus. The first hour or so was practically a horror film with how well it captured that feeling of helplessness that comes with your reality and perception of the world changing so suddenly. It captured that feeling of isolation perfectly.

      The catharsis of seeing this character learning coping mechanisms and slowly coming to accept his new reality was an awesome emotional payoff. I even tried the "sit in a room and do nothing, with just a journal in front of you" tactic and it helped me a lot to de-stigmatize my lingering fears of totally silent rooms. Some of it may be fantastical and emotionally glib, but it was a pretty good pick-me-up to emotionally identify with a character and watch them go through the process of accepting their new reality.

      I would only recommend watching it if you are comfortable enough with your tinnitus to be exposed to some seriously traumatic scenes of a character reacting to sudden hearing loss. That first act was so stressful I considered turning it off, but I'm glad I didn't. Quite possibly my favorite movie of 2020 (not that the selection was super bountiful compared to the awesome 2019).
       
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    9. Cernuto
      Spaced

      Cernuto Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      I wonder how many of us have had the same initial experience where we wander into a pharmacy and ask if they have anything to treat our ears? I still regularly work on 'sit in a room and do nothing'. I think it really helps me deal with this affliction.
       
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    10. Lurius
      Wishful

      Lurius Member

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      Oslo, Norway
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      September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Valsalva maneuver
      I've had the exact same idea in my mind for 2 years. And I think the hero should kill himself in the end.
       
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