What Generally Happens After Being Exposed to Loud Noise? Instant or Delayed Symptoms?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Andy9214, Sep 15, 2019.

    1. Andy9214

      Andy9214 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing test
      After an incident to loud noise exposure what generally happens? Do your ears ring instantly, feel clogged, or does it take some time before your ears begin to ring?

      I believe I had an incident at a concert about three months ago, but my ENT claims it’s not noise induced because my ears didn’t start ringing until two weeks after.

      Right after the concert my ears felt clogged/muffled and I went to my ENT about a week later and he put me on prednisone. I went back the next week so he could see if my symptoms improved and took a hearing test at the time (about two weeks after the incident.) During the hearing test my right ear started ringing and it’s been three months and it hasn’t stopped.

      The clogged sensation is still there in both ears.

      It would be reassuring if anyone on here can share their stories of noise induced tinnitus/what happened with the onset of your issues to know if this is noise induced or not.

      I’m just concerned because the ENT said the only way I could be relieved of my symptoms is to wear hearing aides. I’m 25 with a high frequency hearing loss, but never had any issues before this concert about three months ago.
    2. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
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      I had/have the clogged sensation which varies.... it started with muffled hearing, then a low end warble which after a week or so turned into the high pitched ring. So yes, it can come on delayed.
    3. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      After an acoustic trauma as you describe, first is the muffled hearing with the sensation of ear fullness for some days. As this improves, the T starts, and continues to increase over a variable period of time. This T increase gets called a delayed spike, and can certainly occur up to 2 weeks later.

      As you developed your symptoms after a concert this is most likely noise induced.

      The question is what other noise exposures you had prior to the concert, and subsequently. For example, noise at work, subway, gym, headphone use, restaurant, airplane, pub, vacuum, lawn mower, clubs, etc. as they can all be quite loud. At this time, be sure to avoid further noise exposure as it will worsen the T, and cause further damage.

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