New Here, Recent Tinnitus From Shooting Range

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    1. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Hi all,

      I've taken pretty good care of my hearing over the years - never been too much for concerts, watched the volume on my headphones etc. Whenever I've had it tested there's been little hearing loss (I think maybe 5-10 last time I checked, I'm 31 btw).

      I'm in the National Guard and was assisting with our unit's weapon qualification recently. I usually bring my own set of ear protection, forgot to this time and so I just used a standard set of foam plugs. As well as my qualification shoot, I spent some time watching others as a safety/coach. I noticed several times that I'd hear the shots more distinctly than usual and occasionally a high pitched whine would immediately follow.


      I didn't notice any after effects that evening or the day following, but the day after that I noticed a faint high pitched ring in my ears. I'm trying not to be overly alarmed about it, hoping it may fade over time (it's been about a week now), but I'm also seeking advice and help so decided to look at these forums. I haven't yet seen a Doctor but was wondering how long to give it before I booked an appointment.

      Thanks in advance for any advice or support!
       
    2. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      You need to book an appointment immediately. Don't sleep it off and see what happens. There are emergency treatments with a small window of opportunity that can maximize your chances of recovery.
       
    3. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Thanks - I called my GP/Primary Care Physician and luckily there's a spot open this afternoon so I'm being seen in a couple of hours
       
    4. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
    5. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Just got done. Turns out there's fluid buildup in my ears, so I've been prescribed a nasal spray to take with clarityn and see how that goes for a week.
       
    6. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      The nasal spray I've been perscribed is the corticosteroid fluticasone propionate, so hopefully that may help.
       
    7. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Good. But you may want to read the thread of the link I provided above to see if the stuff is applied by spraying or they are talking about taking it orally or by injection. It may make a difference. Since I didn't know about this during my initial days, I never got the treatment myself. So I will be the last person to advise you there. I just provided the link so hopefully you can read it up more to see what work and what don't.
       
    8. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Quick update; spoke to my Doctor yesterday and she wants me to stay on the current medication for another week before trying anything else.

      A couple of times I've noticed it fade and come back, but I don't know if that's just psychological.
       
    9. Adama06

      Adama06 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Plus, just as a confidence boost, I took a couple of hearing tests online. While I know they're not as accurate as the real thing, I was happy to see that I only had about 10-15 db (close to my last check through the military), and the highest loss was in the low frequency, whereas my tinnitus is very high (not sure if that's positive or not?)
       
    10. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      Nasal sprays do just that - clear nasal problems. It it somewhat difficult to get the spray all the way to the middle ear.

      Oral or injected prednisone is the way to go for tinnitus induced by acute acoustic trauma. Other than that, you may want to enroll in the AM-101 trials. More info can be found here: http://www.tinnitus-study.info
       

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