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    1. MikeL1972

      MikeL1972 Member

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      Hi Everyone,

      I just found this site after some googling...

      Here is my story. Yesterday, as I was heading to work, I had my window slightly opened and during my commute, a car with a very loud motor whizzed by. I did not notice anything during the day in terms of my hearing as I was busy with work and also listened to my headphones (I work as a programmer). I do not listen to music loud. Anyhow, I complete the day and then I get home and do what I need to do, fall asleep while watching TV, then wake up around 11pm to brush my teeth, and get to bed a little after midnight.

      As soon as I put my head down on the pillow, I started to hear a tone in my left ear (the same ear that was exposed to the loud engine earlier in the day). Concerned, I went online like 12:30am to check out what tinnitus is and the prognosis for it. Anyhow, as I am typing this message, I still hear this tone. Note that my hearing seems normal as my windows are closed and I can hear the birds chirping outside and cars driving by as well.

      It's not like I am a musician or a landscaper constantly exposed to loud noises. This was a one-off event. So my question to you folks is this: based on what I wrote above, should this tone go away or should I hunker down and reach out to my family doctor if it persists? Also, I currently do not have a cold.

      Thanks for reading this!

    2. Tibberz

      Tibberz Member Benefactor

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      5 9mm Gunshots
      I can't say if it will go away or not. But based onyou not noticing it till you put your ear down to a pillow means your t is pretty low and easy to ignore. Best way to help yourself is to do your best not to think about the noise, hard I know, especially at first. I could hear my ringing over everything for the first few months, now I only hear it when I go looking for it or its really quiet around me (it's the same volume as when it started but my brain tunes it out of focus)
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    3. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      not sure
      If your T is low, then perhaps just ignore it and get busy as you have been advised. If it persists and you are nervous about it, try to get a doctor to look at the ears.

      Since your tinnitus is so new and may be related to acoustic trauma, you may want to get your doctor/ENT to prescribe a course of prednisone or other corticosteroids. Members here often recommend new T patients to get this treatment as soon as possible. Here is a discussion thread on this treatment:


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