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Old 01-12-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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Is this damage/tinnitus from shooting, indeed permanent?

This is my first trip to this board (I am 35 yrs old). Thank you very much for taking the time to read:
Almost 6 days ago now I went to an indoor shooting range. I put in some inner ear plugs (the orange ones), and when I walked to the line a person was shooting in the lane next to me. I could not believe how loud it was- it literally hurt my left ear! It was as if the ear plug was not there (but it surely was).
My logic told me I should get out of there, but something else made me stay- like an idiot. After about 1 minute the pain from the sounds in my left ear went away. When I left the facility, I noticed the hearing in my left ear was almost completely gone.
This has happened before from noise trauma once or twice (many years ago), and I assumed it would all come back to normal the next day. My hearing did come back in 24 hrs, but only half-way, and it was accompanied by a ringing that has not left.
I got worried. I called a couple of doctors I know and they said not to worry, it would come back to normal and the ringing would stop. After 48 hrs I really started to worry, so I went to an ENT. He had an audiologist check my hearing. She came in afterward and said I had significant damage to my left ear- so much so that I qualified for a hearing aid. I could not help it, I started crying. The ENT told me I had the hearing of a 65+ yr old who had worked in a factory his whole life.
He prescribed me predisone (sp) but offered little hope that it will do anything. Nobody there said there was anything that could be done about the ringing and/or hearing loss - that it was permanent.
I have been extremely depressed ever since..... If ONLY I could go back to Saturday and not have gone to the range. Has anyone ever heard of this type of damage getting better?? Does anyone know something to stop this ringing? Thanks so much.

 
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Re: Is this damage/tinnitus from shooting, indeed permanent?

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This is my first trip to this board (I am 35 yrs old). Thank you very much for taking the time to read:
Almost 6 days ago now I went to an indoor shooting range. I put in some inner ear plugs (the orange ones), and when I walked to the line a person was shooting in the lane next to me. I could not believe how loud it was- it literally hurt my left ear! It was as if the ear plug was not there (but it surely was).
My logic told me I should get out of there, but something else made me stay- like an idiot. After about 1 minute the pain from the sounds in my left ear went away. When I left the facility, I noticed the hearing in my left ear was almost completely gone.
This has happened before from noise trauma once or twice (many years ago), and I assumed it would all come back to normal the next day. My hearing did come back in 24 hrs, but only half-way, and it was accompanied by a ringing that has not left.
I got worried. I called a couple of doctors I know and they said not to worry, it would come back to normal and the ringing would stop. After 48 hrs I really started to worry, so I went to an ENT. He had an audiologist check my hearing. She came in afterward and said I had significant damage to my left ear- so much so that I qualified for a hearing aid. I could not help it, I started crying. The ENT told me I had the hearing of a 65+ yr old who had worked in a factory his whole life.
He prescribed me predisone (sp) but offered little hope that it will do anything. Nobody there said there was anything that could be done about the ringing and/or hearing loss - that it was permanent.
I have been extremely depressed ever since..... If ONLY I could go back to Saturday and not have gone to the range. Has anyone ever heard of this type of damage getting better?? Does anyone know something to stop this ringing? Thanks so much.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK THIS FORUM AND ITS USERS FOR THE MANY REPLIES. I WILL BE SURE TO VISIT HERE AGAIN AS IT HAS BEEN SOOO HELPFUL..... *cough cough*

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Old 10-08-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: Is this damage/tinnitus from shooting, indeed permanent?

same thing happened to me last spring. the audiologist said the plugs may have not remained seated in my ear canal due to the shape of my canals bring curved and not straight.

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This is my first trip to this board (I am 35 yrs old). Thank you very much for taking the time to read:
Almost 6 days ago now I went to an indoor shooting range. I put in some inner ear plugs (the orange ones), and when I walked to the line a person was shooting in the lane next to me. I could not believe how loud it was- it literally hurt my left ear! It was as if the ear plug was not there (but it surely was).
My logic told me I should get out of there, but something else made me stay- like an idiot. After about 1 minute the pain from the sounds in my left ear went away. When I left the facility, I noticed the hearing in my left ear was almost completely gone.
This has happened before from noise trauma once or twice (many years ago), and I assumed it would all come back to normal the next day. My hearing did come back in 24 hrs, but only half-way, and it was accompanied by a ringing that has not left.
I got worried. I called a couple of doctors I know and they said not to worry, it would come back to normal and the ringing would stop. After 48 hrs I really started to worry, so I went to an ENT. He had an audiologist check my hearing. She came in afterward and said I had significant damage to my left ear- so much so that I qualified for a hearing aid. I could not help it, I started crying. The ENT told me I had the hearing of a 65+ yr old who had worked in a factory his whole life.
He prescribed me predisone (sp) but offered little hope that it will do anything. Nobody there said there was anything that could be done about the ringing and/or hearing loss - that it was permanent.
I have been extremely depressed ever since..... If ONLY I could go back to Saturday and not have gone to the range. Has anyone ever heard of this type of damage getting better?? Does anyone know something to stop this ringing? Thanks so much.

 
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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Re: Is this damage/tinnitus from shooting, indeed permanent?

I just went to an ENT after 3 years and was surprised how neutral they are and rather uninvolved. They give you the worst news. I had an MRI and this test where they put electrodes on my brain and in my ears, and a normal hearing test. All this hoop-la just to tell me in the end, there was no hope. Maybe people in this profession act this way because they can't offer us tinnitus sufferers anything. Your situation sounds mysterious to me, meaning, one of a kind. I have fired a weapon (in the Army and before I went to Afghanistan). To have that happen sounds bazaar. My story is that I had an ear infection when I was 25, landing in a plane, then late at night horrible pain, antibiotics the next day. For years, my ear sometimes made a crunchy sound in planes (even though I tried to pop them), and I knew it was connected to this ear infection but I did not have tinnitus until 3 years ago when I went to a concert. Because it was not categorized as hard rock, and it was my very first concert (an old 70's soul singer), I stayed even though the music was too loud and I was plugging my ears. In any case, I had ringing in my ears after the concert. After 3 days the right ear recovered but the left did not (the one with an infection). This all tells me that our ears are so delicate. Most people would have recovered from only one concert in their lives, but because I had this ear infection, my left ear did not; however, I saw myself as a slow healer, so I just giving myself time to heal. I'd say after 6 months, for a few seconds, it stopped (the low hissing sound I have). I was so startled, and happy, but it came back. I didn't even know the name for what I have, tinnitus, for 3 years. Recently, I got this stuff over the counter called Ring Relief (homeopathic). So weird, it like, doubled the sound and so I went to the ENT. I have no idea why some silly homeopathic ear drops would do this. I was taking vitamins, too. The night I even took the eardrops, I hardly had any sound in my ear. I guess I was just trying to be proactive. Now I'm in a panic over what the doctor has told me, I'm damaged. Before this, I hardly even noticed my tinnitus. This doctor has a treatment plan; water pills and a low sodium diet. The tests showed fluid in my ear. I don't know if this always happens with tinnitus or not. I plan to do this treatment for one month, and after that, I'm not sure. I write to you because I think you should rethink your situation and doctors. My Mom's a nurse and her last name is Griffin. She said she's had tinnitus in her 20's and 30's, had no ear infection, no loud sounds. She said it comes and goes. I've learned that this is common and perhaps these people have do not really tinnitus from hearing loss (which I've read causes the sound), but something different, I guess. I did go to the doctor a few days after the concert. She was not a specialist, just an ordinary doctor. She thought I was fine because I didn't shout and said she knew someone, maybe a soldier, who recovered from damage to his eardrum, or something like this. I apologize for being long-winded, but I think you ought to just be your own doctor, so to speak, and see your situation as "no two situations are alike," and approach it like this. Maybe you will heal. Doctors are not always right. When I was 29, some doctor told me I should take a particular medication and a precaution to kidney stones. I thought it was absurd, never took them, and then later read that that would have been wrong to do. I'm 56 and I've never had any kidney stone. You might heal, who knows. I'm sorry that I can not respond to your exact situation, and I see that your post is an old post, but I was just so irked by your doctor's attitude, the same as mine.

 
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