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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Tennitis (ringing in ears) acute onset after gunfire

I have always been good about protecting my hearing. I wear protection when mowing, running chainsaw, driving tractor, and shooting*. The exception to this is "shooting during hunting". This past weekend I shot lots of 20 ga rounds during 3 day quail hunt. Caught one particularly loud muzzle blast from buddy standing slightly behind me. Ever since this, I have had a constant high pitch ringing in my ear/ears. TENNITIS

1) has anyone reading this ever had tennitis develope acutely after one loud incident, and had the tennitis eventually go away?

I have been reading everything I can about this and there are some real horror stories on the internet. Please do not respond if yours has never gone away. I'm not ready for that at this juncture. I may want to hear your story at this time next year.

If you have had it, and it eventually resolved, please tell me your story and how long it took to go away. Thanks!

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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No easy answers, and I get the distinct impression that you want someone to tell you 'don't worry, it will go away.' Hearing loss is permanent. Symptoms of tinnitus can vary tremendously case by case. My best advice is to see an audiologist. There are earplugs available for use when hunting (and in combat) that actually work. Google is your friend here. Look for 'Combat Arms' earplugs. They're not inexpensive, nor are they particularly durable. They DO work, however.

As far as that goes, I don't think that tinnitus ever goes away.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #3
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mine has gone away but I DO try to protect my hearing... Can come back time to time though

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #4
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What, hu? Yea I've have it/had it. Got it while serving, as time passes it either went away or I just adapted to it. The VA rated my hearing and offered me hearing aids but I havnt followed up on it as it didn't bother me that much anymore. Good luck, stay safe, and check around for some options to protect hearing while dove hunting.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:48 PM   #5
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you don't need the hearing aids.you would be able to hear the wife bitching at you too much.you then cannot get away with,were you saying something,dear?

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:50 PM   #6
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I have always been good about protecting my hearing. I wear protection when mowing, running chainsaw, driving tractor, and shooting*. The exception to this is "shooting during hunting". This past weekend I shot lots of 20 ga rounds during 3 day quail hunt. Caught one particularly loud muzzle blast from buddy standing slightly behind me. Ever since this, I have had a constant high pitch ringing in my ear/ears. TENNITIS

1) has anyone reading this ever had tennitis develope acutely after one loud incident, and had the tennitis eventually go away?

I have been reading everything I can about this and there are some real horror stories on the internet. Please do not respond if yours has never gone away. I'm not ready for that at this juncture. I may want to hear your story at this time next year.

If you have had it, and it eventually resolved, please tell me your story and how long it took to go away. Thanks!
I have read that steroid treatment can have some success if you treat it promptly. Go to an ENT ASAP. I have tinnitus in my left year and it is getting worse. Unfortunately, mine is a chronic condition.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #7
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The ringing will become less intrusive, but the damage does have a cumulative effect.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:56 PM   #8
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There is no real cure for Tinnitus or for sure treatment either. The kind of ringing brought on by loud noise usually goes away after while. If its caused by other things like an infection it may never go away.... but you dont want to hear that I guess. LOL!

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Old January 17th, 2017, 07:24 PM   #9
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Fifty years in the heavy equipment repair and operating trade and that's adding in four years USAF flight line jet engines. Twenty or so years back a kind of hissing back ground sound started. It never stops, ever ! I can be out in the middle of nowhere with no one around, absolutely dead quiet and the hissing sound is there.
Doctors told me it's permanent hearing damage. I can pretty much mentally block the sound but sometimes not.
I've learned to just live with it.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 09:08 PM   #10
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I have always been good about protecting my hearing. I wear protection when mowing, running chainsaw, driving tractor, and shooting*. The exception to this is "shooting during hunting". This past weekend I shot lots of 20 ga rounds during 3 day quail hunt. Caught one particularly loud muzzle blast from buddy standing slightly behind me. Ever since this, I have had a constant high pitch ringing in my ear/ears. TENNITIS

1) has anyone reading this ever had tennitis develope acutely after one loud incident, and had the tennitis eventually go away?

I have been reading everything I can about this and there are some real horror stories on the internet. Please do not respond if yours has never gone away. I'm not ready for that at this juncture. I may want to hear your story at this time next year.

If you have had it, and it eventually resolved, please tell me your story and how long it took to go away. Thanks!
I think what pharmvet is asking is akin to attending a rock concert and the next morning waking up with the ringing. How long does that last. In my experience from many years ago the ringing dissipated after a few days. Once I put about 12 rounds though a short barrel .357 without ear protection (very stupid, learned my lesson there) and it took weeks for it to dissipate. In both these instances I was 20 years or less in age. Youth is an amazing thing generally wasted upon the young :-)

Unfortunately, what others have posted is 100% correct. Hearing loss is permanent and (I have not seen this mentioned yet) cumulative. The concerts and times I did not use hearing protection have contributed in my particular case of substantial hearing loss and tinnitus that is typically louder in my head then the guy I am talking to in my truck driving down the road. The key is frequency.

In my case the frequency is higher than typical adult human conversation so I can concentrate and understand people fairly well most of the time. Where it kills is when I am trying to hear my 7 year old daughter tell me about her day when I get home from work. She must be looking at me and speak up for me to easily understand her. I cannot understand more than 15% of what she says on a phone because the frequency of her voice overlaps the tinnitus frequency in my head and the phone makes it worse. That is something that 19 year old never contemplated when shooting that .357 with out ear plugs.

Donít know of this helps you or not but I hope it answers your question.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #11
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Depends on the extent of damage to your tympanic membrane and or other structures of your ear like hair cells. It can come and go or remain permanent. It can also be caused by high blood pressure and stress. I would urge you to see your primary care if its persistent so they can refer you to an audiologist. I was seen after working around B1B Lancers every day for 6 months in Qatar. It still comes and goes from time to time.

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Old January 17th, 2017, 11:21 PM   #12
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You know how your eyes will see motion in its field of view very quickly but not see something stationary, like a rabbit standing still? That's our brain at work; it filters out steady state information unless you purposely focus upon it.

Our brains treat our hearing similarly, it will filter out low level steady state tinnitus for the most part unless we focus upon it. When fatigued, though, or when concentration levels are low, the tinnitus will make itself known and can become bothersome.

When trying to sleep, I have to have a radio working at a low volume for my hearing to focus upon or the tinnitus will gain my full attention, making sleep difficult.

For the most part, though, it just seems to appear and disappear depending upon my state of mind. I'm listening to now as I type this message as just thinking about it brings it into focus.

Most of my hearing damage happened in Viet Nam; I served with an 8" Howitzer battery and experienced many loud reports at very close range. The tinnitus then was immediate, loud and continuous for hours or even, in some cases for a day or two.

After leaving the service, it didn't make much of an impact until I was in my 50s. It's become ever more apparent as I age; the slower I go, the louder it gets, but even so, its not really as bothersome as reading this post might make it seem.

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