I Was Exposed to Two Burglar Alarms 6 Days Ago — Left Ear Sounds Like Alarm

Discussion in 'Support' started by I_Hate_My_Ears, Oct 29, 2019.

    1. I_Hate_My_Ears

      I_Hate_My_Ears Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I don't exactly know how to express my pain. I went to my father's office the other day with him and he forgot the code. The alarm went off, then three minutes later an even louder alarm from outside went off. I had no idea what to do or where to go because I was standing outside the door with my dogs in the hallway very close like literally feet away from the inside alarm system going off. Eventually the police showed up and the alarm was turned off. Now about 6 days later my left ear sounds like the alarm and my right ear sounds like it normally did with static but a bit more pronounced. I deeply regret even leaving to go there with him and not running away outside when he forgot the code.

      I got a hearing test almost a year ago and the results came back perfectly fine. I'm not sure what the hell I should do now. Should I schedule another appointment to get my hearing tested to tell whether or not I sustained damage from the burglar alarms? Is it too soon to test for damage should I wait a month or two till the damage shows up on the test? I already blocked my father and do not wish to speak to him again.

      I can't describe the alarm perfectly but the outside one was like broad like a firedrill alarm the inside from the security console was intermediate tones like buzz then huge noise, buzz, etc etc. My left ear sounds like the inside one because I was very close to it (it is right by the door and I stood outside and stood next to when I entered the room to try to help).

      I hate hearing the alarm buzz in my ear its a high frequency too. I can't believe it I struggled for so much just to adjust to my tinnitus and now I have this new alarm buzz in my left ear. I hate that I have to suffer permanent consequences for this, and I hate my father for laughing this off like its some headache and that I should and I quote " just ignore it".

      Sleeping at night has always become worse because its so loud now I feel like I'm standing next the alarm again.
       
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    2. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      My condolences.

      Some people would, no doubt, recommend trying to get a round of steroids (prednisone). If you were within the first 24 hours of the event I would probably echo that, but the evidence for its usefulness isn't that strong, and the evidence which does exist indicates it needs to be used within, at most, 72 hours of the noise event. (I am not a doctor. Medical opinions on this seem to be mixed.)

      Many people experience a noise trauma and recover significantly over a period of weeks to months; when tinnitus is in the mix things are more complicated. There are a handful of studies which suggest that listening to either broadband white noise, or classical music, constantly during early tinnitus, can help to some extent prevent it from becoming chronic. So, you might want to just listen to the collected works of Beethovan, Brahms, Mozart, Bach, etc over the next few weeks, at a volume which is low enough to not be dangerous, but is at least somewhat distracting from the sound.

      Other than that, you can't do much besides try to eat and sleep well to give your body the best chance of healing, hope for the best, and avoid horror stories on the internet. Lots of people get some kind of noise trauma that really mucks them up for some period of time, the majority recover to a point where it's not much of an issue in their life.

      Assuming do indeed improve to the point where you start to forget about this -- assume that your hearing is compromised and that you are now much more vulnerable to damage. Carry earplugs. Think carefully about concerts, guns, etc. I wouldn't do anything loud at all for 3-6 months.
       
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    3. pinklights98
      No Mood

      pinklights98 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Noise Exposure
      Nac, magnesium, and I would still try to get prednisone at this point! Steroid injections also have a chance of being helpful up to 30 days out.
       
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    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hopefully it will begin fading after about a month or two...
       
    5. Sash
      Doubtful

      Sash Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      cleaning out wax
      Exactly same thing happened to me in July. I dropped off my elderly parents at home and they had forgotten the fob to turn off the alarm. The Alarm went off and I should have put my ear plugs on or just ran out but stupidly didn't. It went on for a few minutes

      I think that was the start for my Tinnitus to get a lot worse as noticed my ears were weaker and little more sensitive. Then I went to a football match month later which (tickets were booked months ago) and think that really did damage my ears big time.

      Now ears seem permanently damaged and doubt I will recover from this. I only had Tinnitus in one ear now I think its in both ears, both ears are sensitive and seemed bruised. I have ear fullness too. Tinnitus in my left ear is so loud. The latest spikes have really upset me as I rarely venture out and little bit lost

      One thing, I understand your frustration and annoyance at your father but he didn't intentionally forget the code. I didn't even mention this alarm episode to my parents at all.

      I would just forgive and move on.
       
    6. Mila9828

      Mila9828 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accident/Screaming?
      Any differences in your hearing?
       
    7. Sash
      Doubtful

      Sash Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      cleaning out wax
      No difference to hearing. The alarm did damage my ears big time
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      I_Hate_My_Ears

      I_Hate_My_Ears Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I have since my exposure to the burglar alarm noticed when I move my head to the right I feel a weird sensation in my ear, something similar to wind passing by or a muffled nose you'd expect if you plugged an ear. I also noticed this only happens when bringing my head from neutral to my right shoulder and back up or from tucking my chin down and going back up. This doesn't happen to my left ear.

      I also noticed if I apply a little pressure to my neck on the right side under my jaw bone I can feel that feeling in my ear, think of how you would take your pulse by pressing fingers against your neck on the right side, that triggers the weird sensation. This doesn't happen on my left ear. I can also feel it happen when I open my mouth wide like saying ahh or chewing.

      Did I rupture my eardrum? Is this what a ruptured ear drum or hearing loss is like? I don't know what's going on with my right ear. It's been like two weeks like this. Should I schedule for an ENT? I have no idea what's going on, what this is or why it's happening.
       
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    9. astaff14

      astaff14 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Soooo sorry you’re dealing with this. Do you still hear the alarm noise? :(
       

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