Tinnitus & Hearing Loss from Gunfire

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    1. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire. I think
      Good morning,

      Had a mishap about two months ago while firing a glock 22 outdoors. Shot 15 rounds with foam earplugs in and my right ear has been ringing ever since. Was shooting alone at an outdoors. I guess the plug did not seat correctly. I'm not much of a hunter and honestly rarely shoot. Has anyone here had bad luck with foam earplugs. I cannot hear a thing over 8000 Hz. Right ear has loud hmm with the eeeee tone.

      Has anyone ever lost all their higher frequencies from one exposure like this? I had perfect hearing in both ears previous to this. Also what to do you guys do to combat tinnitus during the day? Shit is driving me insane at work.

      Josh
       
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    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to the forum. There are many members who had suffered from acoustic trauma from loud noise exposure, from gun firing, gigs, tire explosion etc. Some would lose hearing especially in the high frequency like myself. The initial period of suffering may involve hyperacusis too. It is going to be tough at first when the ears are highly unstable with many other scary symptoms. Many find it hard to face the ringing dead on and have to depend on masking to function, myself included. Have you tried masking? Many have trouble sleeping at night. I had to use masking nature sounds of heavy rain and cicadas, even shower and faucet sound lol. Sleep aid may be needed too like myself. Anyway things will usually improve from a few months to a few years. Everyone is different. Patience is needed and setbacks can happen. I encourage you to read the success stories to learn some helpful strategies from others. They will also give you hope and lower your stress which is helpful to reduce the ringing. Good luck. God bless.
       
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      Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire. I think
      Thank you for the reply. Surprisingly, I am able to sleep without masking. I am having the hardest issue with concentration at work being I do a lot of analysis so I need to focus. I always felt for anyone who dealt with this previously and feel so powerless that I now have it myself. I can see why people are anxious and depressed. This has been the worst two months of my life. Pretty devastating to know it will never go away.
       
    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Have you experienced any fading?
       
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      Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire. I think
      Not really fading. I see that a few companies sell in ear maskers, which I would like to try. Does one have this programmed to the frequency their tinnitus is at to cover the sound? I hope I can find some relief soon.
       
    6. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      This is from my person experience with 2 bouts of acoustic trauma tinnitus and extensive research:

      Your ears suffered an acoustic trauma. The vast majority of tinnitus caused by a short, one time trauma will heal/fade in 6-18 months. You should start seeing slow improvement after about 3 months or so.

      Protect your ears from loud sounds from now on, and no earbuds.
       
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      Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire. I think
      Thank you for the response jjflyman. No earbuds for me. My tinnitus got extremely loud today for unknown reasons. Not sure why. Did you have low frequency hearing loss from your aaccoustic trauma along with high frequency? The ent doc told me I have moderate low frequency hearing loss with mild high frequency hearing loss. Only in my right ear though. Left ear is normal at all frequencies. I hope the docs figure it out. Never had tinnitus before this. Did yours fade away to nothing or at least to a manageable level?

      Best,

      Josh
       
    8. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      I did not suffer any hearing loss from either acoustic trauma.
      My first one was about 14 years ago and was from 45 min exposure to extremely loud power equipment.
      My ears were screaming loud 10/10 tinnitus, but it faded to zero in about years.

      My current tinnitus was from an outdoor concert and has faded about 90+% and I don't hear it anymore unless I am in a somewhat quiet place and listen for it. Most of the time during the day I don't hear it.
       
    9. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      That’s great! If I may ask your age? How long did it take the 2nd time to fade?

      Your 10/10 means that you could hear it everywhere, in the shower, etc?
      Thanks.
       
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    10. jjflyman

      jjflyman Member

      Location:
      Michigan, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise (Concert)
      I'm 60 now, so the first time I was about 46, and they faded to absolute zero in about 2 years.
      The second trauma from a concert was 3 years ago and they have faded at least 90% in 3 years.
      Yes, I could hear it over the shower, they were so loud it felt like it would reverberate off the walls when I went down the hallway at home. Also, I could "feel" the pressure change if I went down a flight of stairs.

      The first time they were virtually unmaskable, so loud I thought it would never get better, truly a horrible ordeal.
       
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    11. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Thank you... ”pressure change if I went down a flight of stairs.”. You are the first one that I’ve seen mention this... after this (2nd lifetime) trauma... I noticed that too driving. I travel a lot and the large barometric changes don’t bother me, but the slight ones on a hill driving I can notice. I’m not sure why....

      In my 30’s I got mild tinnitus from a loud gig... it went away after about 4 years.

      You give me some hope that at 50, my pea-brain will again muster enough plasticity to overcome my recent trauma (loud MRI.)
       
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      Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire. I think
      Glad to hear your went away. I just turned 33 a few weeks ago so I am needless to say devastated that I have this condition. I honestly dont know how people function. I have been a complete mess for over two months.
       
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