Tinnitus After iPhone 12 Speaker Phone Sound Blast Into My Right Ear

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    1. Andy02

      Andy02 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden loud sound
      I accidentally answered a phone call with my iPhone 12 not realizing that the speakerphone was turned on (probably at or near full volume) and had the phone pressed to my right ear.

      The caller only said one word for a split second and I pulled the phone away from my ear.

      About 1 hour later I had the onset of tinnitus which for some reason seemed to be more on my left side.

      It’s now been about 2.5 weeks and the tinnitus has been fairly constant and quite bothersome. I have a decibel meter and measured the sound at at maximum of about 100-110 dB right up against the iPhone speaker.

      Could this split second exposure cause hearing loss or permanent tinnitus? I am really worried about this since it has not gone away as I had hoped. I have an appointment scheduled for tomorrow for a hearing test. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
       
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    2. Luman
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      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      Sorry to hear about your noise exposure accident. Your question about hearing loss is best left to your doctor and audiologist.

      It is impossible to say if the tinnitus is permanent but the chances are very good that it is not. Even if you have residual ringing after a long period, it will not be very bothersome because, over time, the brain adjusts and tunes it out for the vast majority of people.

      In the meantime, take care, and good luck with the appointment.
       
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    3. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I would avoid Tympanometry and such (loud!)

      I would say just do a normal hearing test with headphones.

      Don’t do a microsuction if they say you got earwax. Just leave it there for 6 months!

      Your recovery from that blast has a good chance of improving over 6 months. Depending on your genes and more importantly your earlier abuse of the ears.

      For now avoid using headsets. And just have the phone on speaker forever away from your head so you don’t have another accident.
       
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      Andy02

      Andy02 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden loud sound
      My hearing test showed a possible decrease in hearing on the right compared to the left. This was very disheartening. I did have some earwax on the right, and recently got this cleaned out, and am going to repeat the test. Also, I started taking oral steroids for the acoustic trauma. Still with ringing in the left, as well as now sometimes the right ear. Worried about the possible hearing loss. I want this to go away. I want this all heal. I am trying to trust now in the healing power of the human body.
       
    5. Luman
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      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      This possible hearing loss may not have even been due to the phone accident, and if you do not notice it, it's probably only a slightly lower perception of very high-frequency sounds that you don't even need and won't miss. I am an avid music listener and can discern all kinds of sonic information, and my hearing loss in the higher frequency range makes no difference in my enjoyment of stereo and movie sound at home. In fact, it's probably better in some ways. Virtually nobody has the same hearing that they did as small children, and I see kids actually holding their ears when confronted with loud screeching sounds in the street, that are very uncomfortable for their sensitive ears. If you lost some highs, the body is trying to compensate for this by creating high-pitched tinnitus. It is very likely that it will subside or go away completely, and over time it will bother you less and less until you're free of the discomfort that you currently are experiencing.
       
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