A bang to the ears might inflict enough damage, but it would have to be a really loud one.
I thought loud noise technically could only cause impairment
of hearing ability to the point where it becomes extremely weak, not literally destroying the capacity for hearing.
That said, I am trying to make the injury such that the only way to fix it would involve a complete transplant of the ear organ in its entirety, outer to inner — which, for reasons I will not go into detail about right now beyond "her body constantly rejects any organ transplants/grafts", is not a viable option for this character.
Touch has nothing to do with pain.
Yeah, that's one reason why the actual medical term for what is colloquially known as "the sense of touch" is somatic senses
, as it's actually composed of multiple separate senses (each with its own nerve receptors), including true touch, temperature, proprioception (body position), and nociception (pain). But one can argue that being at least able to feel pain is somewhat better than being completely unable to feel anything at all — unless it involves a constant state of agony, of course.
... Maybe. I'm not sure which of those two fates is a worse Fate Worse Than Death
I'm not sure you actually can remove the sense of touch entirely. It's fairly fundamental, and not tied to a single organ. (Okay, yes, "the skin" is an organ, but whatever.)
No, you're right. Touch isn't limited to the skin; it also includes the throat, tongue, and mucous membranes lining several bodily cavities. That said, I'm trying to maximize the sensory deprivation effect as much as it's feasible without resorting to extramundane methods.
And to be much of a threat in this scenario, the psychic powers would have to be of sensory type as well as effectuary type, since otherwise she couldn't tell what she was blasting/crushing/otherwise doing bad things to.
Yes, Extrasensory Perception is in full effect, though of course it entails input stuff well beyond the mundane senses (e.g. sensing "psychic auras"), and as such the resulting psychological shock and effective mental overload drives the poor girl even more nutty and wildly-lashing-out.
edited 1st Mar '13 9:07:11 AM by MarqFJA