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    Old 09-17-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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    Ears exposed to Cherry Bomb at close range

    About a month ago I lit a single cherry bomb (they come in strings of multiple firecrackers, but this one fell off). I lit the fuse, but didn't have time to run away. I guess I wasn't supposed light a singe cherry bomb like that.

    For around 30 seconds afterward, my hearing was muffled and I got ringing in my hears as my hearing returned to normal. So after a minute or so the ringing stopped. However I've been getting intermittent ringing in one ear or the other ever since this incident.

    Shortly after the incident I would get ringing a few times a day for less than 20 seconds at a time. Whenever the ringing comes, it gets quiet in the ear that is affected followed by the tone. Being a month later, the ringing is less frequent, or maybe I just don't notice it most of the time. The tone is now less annoying and only lasts 1-5 seconds.

    I realize I have damaged my hearing, but I was just wondering if I need to be worrying about this anymore? What is done is done, I won't play with firecrackers anymore and I'll start taking care of my hearing from now on.

    So is there anything I need to do about this incident? Will I wake up deaf one day?

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    Old 09-18-2011, 05:11 AM   #2
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    Re: Ears exposed to Cherry Bomb at close range

    Welcome to the world of tinnitus.
    No, you will not go deaf. But you will more than likely have this ringing for the remainder of your life and over the years could get worse. Try not to think about it and the ringing isn't as noticeable.
    Google tinnitus and research how to deal with it. Avoid loud noises.

    There is no cure.

    Old 09-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #3
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    thank you for the info!

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