Calling all musicians, especially composers and sound engineers, who are living with mechanical heart valves. I have been strongly recommended to have a mechanical heart valve to replace my bicuspid aortic valve, and I also have to have a graft on my aortic root as I have an aneurysm. I may still get the choice to have the valve repaired or a tissue valve instead, but not sure.
My livelihood and passion is writing music, particularly composing for film and TV. I am very concerned that the internal ticking / thumping sound of the valve will create a metronome which will prevent me from composing my music. I am also concerned that I will have to give up session work as any recording of myself playing instruments will pick up the noise of the valve.
Are there any musicians out there who have overcome this problem, or did you have to change career? Any comments would be very gratefully received, thanks!