Are Ears More Vulnerable to Noise-Induced Damage When Infected?

Discussion in 'Support' started by geg1992, Apr 1, 2016.

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    1. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      I'm going to my first concert tomorrow since T and I've had a bit of pain in my left ear which is worse when I lean down making me think it might be a bit infected. Will this put me at greater risk? I don't see how it could really but worth asking!

      Thanks for any help.
       
    2. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Do you have to take the risk? Skip the concert to be sure nothing happens?
       
    3. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      @geg1992 I do have to say that I think personality has some kind of connection to all this; the people I know who have had T for a long time and continued to go to shows without trouble, are not the kind of people prone to sitting around obsessing over every little sensation and change. That is, even if you go, protect your ears, and don't harm them physically... if it causes you to become more obsessive about your T and monitor it more, then it might seem like it's made it "worse" anyway, and this is a case where perception really crafts reality.

      Because I am also prone to rumination, I don't go to shows the way I used to, by a long shot! I also wouldn't let my ear stuff hold me back from one if one of the handful of bands that I've followed for decades happened to be playing near me... but that's a personal decision (and if it turned out to be an "unreasonably" loud show, I would definitely turn around and leave). Point of fact I think I've been to maybe a half dozen concerts in the half dozen years since my T became an obstacle, and prior to that I probably went to one a month.
       
    4. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Thanks for your input as always :) and j agree completely. There's two kinds of people with tinnitus, those who obsess and those who don't. Unfortunately I obsess too much. I'm taking a decibel meter so hopefully that will give me guidance. I really don't want to miss this, though. Even if it's just a few songs - it's a 2 hour set mind you!
       
    5. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      @geg1992 could you let us know how it was and if aything changed afterwards?
       
    6. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      It's tonight, I'll let you know!
       
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    7. bill 112
      Studious

      bill 112 Member

      Location:
      Republic Of Ireland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I still wouldn't do it mate,trust me I learned the hard way and once the damage is done there's no going back.But of course,that's completely your call and I wish you the best.
       
    8. noisebox
      Loved

      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I think T in general makes the risks so much higher not infections. But the fact you are still on this forum and having to ask the question suggests you are not confidant that it will not harm you.
       
    9. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Hi Zora. All went well and had a fantastic time. No real spike, maybe slightly louder but that's to be expected and I'm sure it will settle down. :)
       
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    10. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      Glad to hear that :) did you measurenhow loud it was ?
       
    11. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      It was mostly around 97-102db, and went up to 115ish when there were explosion things for effect. :)

      The earplugs and ear defenders worked well although didn't block out very much of the bass frequencies.
       
    12. Zora
      Kick ass

      Zora Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1st time: Megaphone ;2nd time: headphones too loud
      @geg1992 you wore the -33db reduction foam plugs?
       
    13. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      I wore those with ear defenders on top.
       

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