Fire Alarm Caused a Tinnitus Spike. Should I Get Prednisone?

Discussion in 'Support' started by punkaddict, Jun 25, 2019.

    1. punkaddict

      punkaddict Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Self-syringing (I think?)
      My fire alarm was beeping a few hours ago so I pressed it assuming it would stop it and it did a test alarm, a quite loud piercing sound and I was right under it. I closed my ears after like a second and went back to my room.

      I think I may have a spike, not too sure, I don't think it's louder but it's more aggressive and continuous.

      Should I get Prednisone? I don't really feel ear fullness or anything but I guess my ears feel kind of 'shocked'. Really scared I've made it worse.
    2. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

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      How long ago was your original onset?

      I'd remain calm and see after a day. I had a bad spike yesterday followed by a much better day today.

      Stay calm, stay distracted, and mask. I know that's easy to say but listen, if you actually did serious serious damage, you can wait a few days before using Prednisone. I didn't get it until 2.5 weeks after my noise damage.
    3. BrianofDC

      BrianofDC Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jun 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise possibly
      YES! I read it was a 2 day window. My doc gave it to me and said "it may help" during my appointment about 6 days after I developed ongoing tinnitus.

      Get the prednisone and consider the supplements known to help after an event and with tinnitus (e.g. magnesium, zinc, NAC, etv.)

      Let me know if you ever got it and status if you get a moment, thanks!
    4. linearb

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      personally, I definitely would not; I've been blasted by alarms in this same situation a number of times over the years and it's never caused any long term issues.

      Prednisone, on the other hand, is more dangerous than a lot of people seem to want to admit.

      so, would I take a potentially neurotoxic drug that is guaranteed to make me a sweaty insomniac mess for 2 weeks but has no good evidence supporting its use in this situation? ...neeeeeeerp.

      I also have a fire alarm positioned over my bed; I sleep with earplugs sometimes, and waking up for sure with as much time to get family out of house is priority one.

      The beeping might be low battery? ours are hardwired but have 9v backup and start to chirp when they're low
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    5. Fifth Business

      Fifth Business Member Podcast Patron

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      having sex too much (it was sex induced folks!!)
      I always had negative associations with prednisone because my little brother had to take it as a young child due to a chronic illness and it had seriously nasty side-effects. Its only been back in my purview recently because of people posting about it here. I guess ymmv on a short-term dose? (my brother had to take it chronically).

      I kinda question the efficacy of going to the ER or urgent care for something like this...

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