Single Exposure at Nightclub

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Nick - London, Apr 26, 2018.

    1. Nick - London

      Nick - London Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Single exposure at nightclub
      Hi guys,

      I recently got tinnitus for the first time - I was out at a nightclub and unfortunately ended up very close to the speakers for 2-3 hours.

      Initially I had no tinnitus for the first two days although I did regret exposing my ears to the level of sound involved.. then I started to notice slight ringing in my right ear.. then in my left too. It got worse from days 3 - 6 however my GP advised me to give it a couple of weeks and it should be gone. It seemed to be settling reasonably well after two weeks of rest but on day 14 I went out to a nightclub (with earplugs) and it came back worse than before.

      It's now been 2 weeks and 5 days and I still have the ringing. It's intermittent. Sometimes it's a high pitched tone, other times its like the faint noise of a fan in the distance.

      The strange thing is that after exposure I'd of thought the worst period would be the first few days.. but it almost seems like the onset is delayed or that it gets worse over the days following exposure. Initially no ringing for couple days, then very slight ringing (only perceptible with ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones), now ringing thats sometimes loud enough to hear above the din of London traffic noise.

      Hopefully it will start to settle.

      One thing I've noticed is that whilst there is a lot of advice for managing chronic tinnitus, there isn't a lot of advice for managing the acute stages. I'm not sure if the damage caused by tinnitus is analogous to a twisted ankle but I would of thought the period immediately after noise exposure is an important time to protect the ears - in the same way as you might use crutches for a while after hurting your ankle. It's hard to know whether the best thing to do is to avoid all loud noise (eg. even wear ear plugs walking along the street. avoid the cinema/TV etc.) or whether it's better to get your ears used to normal noise but avoid excessive noise.

      My thinking is that if tinnitus is caused by the brain amplifying sounds disproportionately, then wearing earplugs a lot might actually encourage tinnitus as the brain gets used to compensating for an abnormally quiet environment. On the other hand, maybe the ears really need rest and the less pressure you put on them the better meaning that wearing earplugs constantly for the first couple of weeks might be a good idea. I don't know which is true.. even the doctors I've spoken to don't seem to be clear about that.

      I've decided to take the next few weeks and just avoid loud noise. I had started to wear earplugs everywhere but now I feel that may be counter-productive - although I'm avoiding excessive noise (eg. bars/clubs/noisy restaruants) I feel like my ears need to adjust somewhat to normal levels of sound and also I'm trying not to get too paranoid about it.. I know I'm anxious and that this might make things worse.

      Overall I just wanted to put this out there, maybe some of you can relate to it. I'll post updates every now and then to tell you whats going on.

      At the moment I've had an ear test at Boots and hearing is normal. I've spoken to a few GPs and their advice has ranged from 'it'll almost certainly settle down with a few weeks of rest' to 'it's impossible to know when it'll settle down.. it probably will but it might not'.

      I'm getting an ENT referral to get further specialist advice. The only consistent advice I've got is to say stress can make it worse so try to forget about it.. this is challenging but I'm gonna try!

      Nick
       
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    2. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      Avoid every moderate and loud sound for 1 year and your T will be cured.
      After that avoid every loud sound for lifetime.
      Don't take psychiatric drugs or any other drug.
       
    3. Ichigo
      Supportive

      Ichigo Member

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma
      Hello, I would suggest to avoid noise but also silence.
      Dont do drastic things like wearing plugs all the time, but be mindful when the sound may be too loud, for example cover your ears when an ambulance passes by.
      Secondly, I feel really angry that such things-People getting T from single noise exposure- still happen eventhough there have been sooooo many cases.... And it will happen because there is no awareness. People should wear earplugs in clubs and at concerts!!!! Everyone, not only ppl with T. But I can assure you that your condition will get better provided you take good care of yourself. Eat healthy food, take magnesium. I think it is not too late for some steroids or HBOT?
       
    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      When we are talking about the time scales involved in tinnitus, several weeks is a really short amount of time.
       
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    5. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I agree with everything above, but I would change "get cured" to "will have a higher chance of fading".
       
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    6. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      When I say cured I mean cured.
      Tinnitus without hearing loss have changes to be cured > 70% within a year.
      Get Peltor X5A earmuffs not earplugs and wear them for example at street noise and in general avoid every noise exposure for a year and after that avoid loud sounds for lifetime no clubs nothing.

      My tinnitus cured and the relapsed the second time in a wedding with very loud music and cured after that again. All the times cured when I avoided every noise for long time and when I slept a lot lot on its own.
       

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