Show your problems who's boss - Laugh at them!
I think it’s true that laughter is the best medicine.
As a teenager I collected beermats. Then I went on to collecting stamps. Nowadays I’m mostly collecting health conditions. A recent acquisition is tinnitus, and I can say is that although it doesn’t hurt, it’s a total pain in the ear.
Today I want to demonstrate how I would mine the subject of tinnitus for comedy and produce a joke, or perhaps two.
If you want to create more gags, this brainstorming phase can easily be extended / broadened. First I’ll ask a question:
What do I know about tinnitus?
I know that...
1. It’s a noise in one or both ears,
2. Sometimes other people can hear it,
3. It's commonly a continuous ringing sound
4. It can be masked using an in-ear white-noise-emitting device.
We're only looking for one, perhaps two gags today, so this is the end of today's brainstorming - unless it's not enough to create an acceptable joke, in which case we'll extend it.
1. Located in the ear
Where else could it ring? Another body part? Perhaps in my voicebox? This would give my speech a warm and welcoming tone. This leads me on to:
Good morning Mrs X
Good morning Mr Y! Your voice has a lovely friendly ring to it today!
Yes! Last night my tinnitus dropped six inches!
Don’t worry if you find this last step a hard nut to crack. Practise will lead you where you truly wish to go.
I sense there is more mileage to this subject, so we'll continue briefly.
2. Sometimes other people can hear it
This sounds a bit like a radio broadcast. The goodwill and banter of a good radio DJ helps us to endure lonely times.
This thought leads me straight into a bonus second joke:
You’re never alone with Tinnitus Radio - Tune in today!
Other sub-subjects from the above brainstorm and where they might lead include:
Wringing out a cloth
I’ll ring you on the phone
4. Wearing a tinnitus mask
Not much use at a masked ball
Masked pro wrestlers
I'll leave this as an exercise for you.