Lightning Just Struck Literally Within 50 Metres of Me

Discussion in 'Support' started by geg1992, Jun 5, 2015.

    1. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      It may sound like I'm over reacting but I'm being serious. I love thunderstorms but now this has ruined me. My window was open too. It was way too loud, my whole house shakes.Will a tinnitus spike or permanent increase be instant? My ears are ringing louder but not as loud as I thought they would. I'm worried they may later on though.
       
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    2. Quentino
      Tired

      Quentino Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Decrease of Hearing i presume.
      Anxiety i think, you are juste listening more your tinnitus.

      Even loud, if it’s sudden ( like a "boom") it has probably not damaged your ears.
       
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    3. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Happened to me a few times last year. Once it was night time and I was in bed and had the windows wide open, the thunder clap was right above the house and was loud as hell. I freaked out and worried about the tinnitus... in the end though there was no permanent tinnitus increase... the issue was more how freaked out I was by it. It's more of a shock then anything I think.

      As hard as it is you really need to try and force yourself not to worry about such short term exposures, they are very unlikely to cause perm damage unless it is something ridiculously loud and very close. Ultimately I also got into the mindset of thinking... if such things have done more damage then what can I actually do about it... nothing... so the worry is really pointless and unproductive.

      Seriously, I am sure you will have no perm' increase, keep busy today and force yourself not to think about it:)
      xxx
       
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    4. LeQuack
      Gloomy

      LeQuack Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States of Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad luck and bad genes
      Same happened to me about a week ago, but I was actually outside on my bike, so even an worse situation. Hard to say what kind of effect it had on my tinnitus though.
       
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    5. Hang in there and ride it out... I think you will be fine :)
       
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    6. jimH
      Caffeine

      jimH Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      30 years+
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Anxiety triggered by sustained worry & fear is indeed the problem. Once they begin to subside so will the level of your spike. I've been there a number of times over the many years of having to live with tinnitus. @Rhea says it better than I in her post.
       
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      AUTHOR
      geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Thank you everyone :) The tinnitus seems to have calmed down but my hyperacusis seems to have come back!
       
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    8. LillianLexicon97
      Depressed

      LillianLexicon97 Member

      Location:
      U.S.A.
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise: Headphones
      Ugh, I was woken up this morning by EXTREMELY loud thunder. I'm glad I'm not the only one who worries about it's effect on tinnitus. I haven't had any problems, though. The weird thing is that there was very little rain to accompany the thunder. Strange.
       
    9. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      I'm sure it will go back down. For reference, last night (I'm a bachelor this weekend as my wife and son are visiting extended family out of state) I went to my gym class from 6-7pm that occasionally includes loud "bang" noises (ex. the "tire flip" exercise--where we literally flip a giant tire over) and then went to a pub (moderately noisy) with some friends to watch the NBA Finals. When I came home my tinnitus was more "crazy" than usual, but when I woke up it was back to its low level. I am lucky that my spikes don't last very long and thus don't feel distressing, but also I didn't feel anxiety because I knew I hadn't subjected myself to excessive noise at a very loud level for an extended period of time, and I had earplugs with me in case things got noisier.

      BTW @geg1992 how did your soccer (football for you Europeans!) team do?
       
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      AUTHOR
      geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      That's the same sort of thing that happens to me, I sleep and the spike is gone in the morning!

      Unfortunately we lost in the semi- final to our fiercest rival. :(
       
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    11. Brooklyn NY

      Brooklyn NY Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 5, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      probably pepto bismo and aspercreme
      Hi, I was unfortunately caught in a loud thunderstorm while driving, one very loud clap of thunder. I was wearing foam ear plugs at the time but it was extremely loud. This was 4 hours ago. I seem to be having a spike, although hopefully it is from nerves.

      Am I screwed here? Thanks.
       
    12. lightning
      Cheerful

      lightning Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Severe tinnitus since Dec 30 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure
      Sorry about that!
       
    13. Mister Muso
      Inactive

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Sorry to hear that. I have chronic hyperacusis which I find improves with vitamin B. Amitriptyline brought major improvements too. How did yours improve before?
       

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