Huge Thunder Strike within a Few Hundred Feet — What Emergency Precautions to Take for My Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by quietmedic, Aug 9, 2019.

    1. quietmedic

      quietmedic Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma + Car horn
      Hey fellow sufferers, my first post.

      I was outside, with earplugs on, watching some rain clouds, suddenly lightning struck within a few hundred feet with a tremendously huge thunderclap. My wife nearby was terrified by how loud it was. I've gone shooting, and this was like 20 rifles going off feet away from my ear. I had foam 25 decibel ear plugs in, but it felt like I was wearing nothing.

      I'm terrified of a tinnitus spike... and information is so conflicting here as what to take in an emergency like this.

      I have Prednisone sitting around, but that's more for sensorineural hearing loss, which I don't think I have any of.

      I have some magnesium and they're trying to get my hands on N-acetyl Cysteine and Nicotinamide Riboside, but I have no idea what the safety profiles are of these things and whether I should be taking them. I have Magnesium Oxide lying around as well.

      I'm just terrified that if I don't take them, I'll forever regret not having taken them, should this be the final blow to cause a permanent round of awful tinnitus.

      So depressed and don't know what I should do right now, hours after. My tinnitus has been annoying all day, and it's maybe a little bit worse now after the thunder explosion. I can't say it's horribly worse. But it's not getting a little better as it often does with Klonopin... worrying me that maybe this did serious permanent damage.

      Help, anyone...
       
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    2. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      Go to Otologist and get NT-3 and BDNF injected into your cochlea!
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4842978/

      Oh wait I forgot we are living in the year 2019 and these hypothetical treatments are not yet FDA approved. You can always visit a TRT clinic and pay $3000-5000 for TRT and take benzos that will make you docile and buy whatever crap on the internet claims to be a cure for tinnitus which is actually snake oil and scams.
       
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    3. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      Be calm. You had ear plugs in. Give yourself time and cross that bridge IF you get there. (I suspect you'll be just fine).

      If you actually had real damage, I believe the window of opportunity to start Prednisone is 2 weeks.

      You need to remain calm. I think you'll be just fine, especially considering the ear plugs.
       
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      quietmedic

      quietmedic Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma + Car horn
       
    5. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
    6. pleasejuststop
      Suicidal

      pleasejuststop Member

      Location:
      Ny
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I was walking in from my car to my house and lightning and thunder clapped right next to me, so close everything in my field of vision went purplish white. It was so loud. My parents told me they woke up inside, windows closed. I was outdoors, no earplugs. I'm very scared now. Apparently a thunder clap is 120 decibels. I was that close.

      My tinnitus has increased. Is it likely permanent or temporary?
       
    7. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I’m so sorry... Hard to say. Getting spooked will most times spike tinnitus temporarily.

      Was the thunder mostly lower frequency as it is from a little distance?

      I find higher frequencies more troublesome.
       
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    8. pleasejuststop
      Suicidal

      pleasejuststop Member

      Location:
      Ny
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      It sounded very close, like it was right next to me. Everyone inside the house was sleeping and it was so loud it woke them up. I was outside, about to go in the house. I felt the ground shake almost, it was so loud. I think the lightning must’ve been very close too because everything went white for a moment.

      I already had a spike. It’s one thing after another.
       
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