She knows what makes her tick

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Listen to Norwalk resident Lou Ann Weitzel's right ear, and you might think she literally has an internal clock.

The ticking began when she was around 6 years old. Today, at age 50, it just keeps on ticking.

For about three years during Weitzel's childhood, the question was "it" was.

At the time, young Lou Ann thought it was funny and even normal. Her friends and siblings wanted to listen.

Her mother Joann, however, was concerned and took her daughter to a doctor.

Wetzel's doctor thought she needed surgery, but a specialist said there was nothing to worry about; a large blood vessel in herneck was simply causing an echo on her ear drum.

"It relieved me because the local doctor thought she needed surgery," said her mother, Joann Caudill.

Weitzel described the sound as similar to that of a battery-operated clock. It all began when, with her friends, she played a game, listening to the floor to see if anyone was coming upstairs.

Weitzel heard the steps and the ticking.

Her siblings wanted to know when she was set to go off. Her friends asked her if she swallowed a watch. The Norwalk Reflector published an article at the time, which Weitzel said caused a buzz.

Weitzel said today, many people don't know about the ticking. The sign language interpreter and Braille transcriber hardly notices the sound.

"I've had it for so long that you just don't hear it any more," she said.

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