Tinnitus from Metallica Concert — Got Worse from Ear Wax Removal

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    1. john2507

      john2507 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018, got worse in 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise?
      Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm 20 years old and I first got tinnitus after a Metallica concert 2 years ago. It was pretty quiet back then, I couldn't really hear it during the day, only when going to sleep and I could ignore it quite easily. I kept listening to music on headphones at a medium volume as I didn't think it would make it worse, and I went to a few other (not as loud) concerts since then.

      The tinnitus volume was constant until my right ear got clogged and I went to an ENT to get the wax removed by water syringing.

      A few days after the tinnitus more than doubled in volume, I think it might have been due to the water because it was really uncomfortable.

      I can now hear it pretty much everywhere (although I mostly don't hear it outside, only if paying attention to it) and I need white noise to fall asleep.

      It's now been 4 months since it got worse and while I'm not anxious about it 24/7 anymore, I still think about it any time I can hear it and I've been pretty depressed about it. I've only been using headphones on very low volumes (can't really avoid them because of online classes and group work).

      The real question is can people really habituate to tinnitus this loud? Because I'm starting to feel like I can't...
       
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    2. Scruffy

      Scruffy Member

      Location:
      Vancouver
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hammering with hammers
      We make it worse, like blasting our ears with the shower head etc. I'm being extra careful from now on (y)
       
    3. weab00
      Alone

      weab00 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      depression-ville
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise, whiplash; 08/20 H
      Well, at least you fucked your ears up to a great band.
       
    4. xyz
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      xyz Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 mild T 2019 T worsening H onset
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown / probably noise induced
      Next time let the ENT use a manual tool to remove the ear wax. I cannot believe ENTs still use water syringing and microsuction for this where a 5 minute Google search shows these techniques are dangerous for the ear. Also don't let the ENT perform the tympanometry test on you.

      Probably now you want to start wearing more hearing protection and may be take some Magnesium.
       
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      john2507

      john2507 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018, got worse in 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise?
      You mean showering is damaging my ears? People on this forum say up to 80dB is fine, my shower is not that loud.
      Yeah, unfortunately that was the only time I saw them live and probably the last. Not sure if I'm ever gonna risk going to any more concerts, even with hearing protection. I have a ticket to Iron Maiden next year that I'm considering selling... :(
      Yea, I'm thinking of buying some of those musician's earplugs from Amazon just in case. Does Magnesium really help?
       
    6. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
    7. Scruffy

      Scruffy Member

      Location:
      Vancouver
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hammering with hammers
      More the water blasting into your ear hole, I used to do this all the time.
       
    8. xyz
      Alienated

      xyz Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 mild T 2019 T worsening H onset
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown / probably noise induced
      This depends on how compromised your ears already are. The more damaged they are the easier it is to inflict further damage upon them. I think many on here use ear plugs in the shower but if the noise level is fine for you than this may not be necessary.
      There are several studies that show Magnesium is good for ear health, so I am taking it daily.
       
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      john2507

      john2507 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018, got worse in 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise?
      I haven't, it's pretty much impossible to get an appointment because of the pandemic and I can't afford to go to a private clinic. As far as I can tell my hearing is fine, but I know there might be some hearing loss I didn't notice.
      I'm usually pretty careful about that as I hate having water in my ears. I even use those silicon plugs when I go swimming.
      I thought this was for hyperacusis, which I don't have. The sound of the shower doesn't bother me at all and doesn't seem to spike my tinnitus even after long showers.
       
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    10. David Vance

      David Vance Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chemotherapy, imbalances with the body.
      Oh goodness! If only we knew how delicate our ears actually are.
       

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