Can I Go to a NHL Game? Could It Make My Tinnitus Worse?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Freddy74, Oct 20, 2021.

    1. Freddy74
      Worried

      Freddy74 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud dj
      Hi there, I'm new to forum. Age 47.

      Did not protect ears well in 80s, concerts, using small firearms without protection, fireworks... It seemed no one knew back then, and at least I certainly didn't.

      Discovered a mild genetic hearing defect left ear during a random hearing test about age 22 (two separate audiologists independently said pattern consistent with genetic).

      Then later that year what I believe was a stress induced tinnitus in left ear, went away during a course of steroids from ENT, lasted maybe a week, but cannot say it was the steroids that helped.

      Ever since then, wore earplugs for all concerts and loud events.

      Except one time (March 2019) I did not think of it when a loud DJ was playing in a focal spot in a large indoor area. Many other people there, including a friend the entire time who had absolutely no trouble the next day or ever after.

      I had bilateral tinnitus the next day that has never left.

      Been through all the usual treatments which can be discussed at another time.

      Eventually it faded quite a bit, still very annoying, still sleeping with fan on etc. but it did not bother me as much for maybe a year or two.

      Now, most recent 7 weeks maybe a little more noise exposure as part of life, also some long car rides, and the tinnitus has had a definite uptick that had me stressed enough to go back to audiologist, schedule with a psychologist, etc.

      Anyway, all that is just some background.

      Question: For years have been planning attending an opening night NHL game for a certain brand new NHL franchise with friends. That game is now approaching. I was planning to go with my Xmas tree NRR 16 ear plugs. Audiologist says this is okay.

      Is this true? Should I be going to this game or should I cancel? Think about pucks hitting glass, goal horns, loud music, crowd roar. I value your expertise or thoughts here.

      Thank you!
       
    2. Simon85

      Simon85 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably noise exposure, but unknown.
      Hi @Freddy74.

      I’ve seen a few similar questions pop up recently and I think it’s very much a personal decision. I’d listen to your body too - if such environments cause ear pain currently then I’d avoid them in the short term. You’ll likely get a few responses landing in each camp.

      If you’ve been planning this for years then I’d be inclined to go. However, I’d invest in some custom moulded musicians earplugs with a higher protection rating - they’re expensive, but worth it in my opinion. I’ve got a pair which I carry with me.

      I hope your recent spike starts to quieten down a bit.
       
    3. Stacken77
      Wishful

      Stacken77 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise (likely headphones & cars), Acoustic trauma did me in
      Hi @Freddy74.

      I think ...
      ... answers the question; I'd advise you not to go. Those environments can be really loud. Even those with "healthy ears" can feel it's too loud.

      Wish you well,
      Stacken
       
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    4. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      If you’re 47, you shouldn’t be bothered by looking like a fool :)

      So buy some earmuffs that don’t look to goofy then I say you can go :)

      AND no one will see the plugs underneath if you feel crazy :D
       
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    5. Damocles
      Pooptoast

      Damocles Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Even with Ear Defenders + Ear Plugs, I wouldn't.
       
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    6. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I must have been tired...

      Goal horns...? :O

      That sounds like a dealbreaker...
       
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    7. Julien87
      Not amused

      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      Well, it's loud. But how loud is it at the ear level of most spectators? 100 dB? 90 dB? It is very brief so I believe it wouldn't do damage, especially with earplugs on. I would be more scared of foghorns used by nearby spectators.

      All things considered, I think it would be safe to go with properly inserted quality earplugs (preferably custom moulded ones or foam ones, which stay well in place).

      Although, personally I wouldn't go because all theses noises (and thus the fear of a potential permanent impact on the tinnitus) would make me uncomfortable and would ruin my experience.

      PS : Welcome to the forum!
       
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    8. Brian P

      Brian P Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ménière’s disease
      Don’t do it without earmuffs.
       
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    9. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      I would absolutely go. Just make sure your ears are well protected. I still go to events like that but I wear my musicians earplugs. Some foam ones have even higher protection in terms of the decibel decrease you get.
       
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    10. Wrfortiscue
      Probing

      Wrfortiscue Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Depends how bad you are. Plugs and muffs like others said. Those horns will mess you up lol.
       
    11. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I would vote not to go with a recent spike that can take over a year to work through in my experience, even with earplugs. Sporting events can exceed 100 dB.

      How loud is it? Game 1 decibel readings
       
    12. Vincent R
      Caffeine

      Vincent R Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Dude, if you decide to go, you should at least use some proper hearing protection. Foam earplugs, correctly inserted, is the best there is. (Google for usage instructions.) Combining with a pair of bulky earmuffs is recommended.

      You won't know until afterwards if going was okay or not. That's why I would have skipped out on it.
       
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    13. object16
      Magical

      object16 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      overuse of hearing protection, plus noise
      No. I've read it can get up to 130 dB. Don't. It's not worth it.
       
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    14. T warrior

      T warrior Member

      Location:
      quebec city
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      don't have a clue
      I guess you are talking about the Kraken!
       
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