Re: Permanent ear damage due to concert?
One of the several times I went to see Metallica, we had tickets in the front row right by the speakers. I was an idiot and didn't wear earplugs. I had the same thing happen, it took about 3 days to get my hearing back.
If you only let it happen once or twice, you probably should be ok. Your hearing is probably only temporarily damaged. You'll see that in a couple of days it should be better. If it's still not better by Monday, you may want to consider going to see an audiologist for a hearing test.
One thing I can tell you, having been a very frequent concert goer myself, and I still am, I will NEVER go without earplugs again. I learned my lesson after that Metallica show and I never want to have that happen again! It's pretty scary when, 2 days after the show, you're still having trouble hearing, isn't it? I didn't want to feel that anymore so I will ALWAYS wear earplugs at EVERY show I go to. You'll see, if you do that, you can still hear the show just fine, and when you leave then you'll still be able to hear because you will have worn earplugs. Unlike all of the other poor shmucks who didn't think to preserve their hearing.