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Ringing in the ear, muffled and aching pain in left ear after concert
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Jordandavidson96 posted:
I attended at hardcore/ metal concert about 24 hours ago. The music was very loud and I was about 15 metres away from the left side set of speakers. Ever since I have been experiencing symptoms in my left ear such as, muffled noises in my ear, constant ringing and aching. I havnt seen a doctor yet but I was wondering whether I should be worried about permanent damage to the ear drum or not.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Of course you should be worried....this was self-inflicted. When you exposed yourself to this acoustic trauma, I really have no way of determining the decibel level (I suspect it was very, very high) and if your ears sustained damage. Only time will tell. Yes, it is possible to get permanent damage from just this one concert, just like soldiers getting ear damage from just one explosion.

You will need to see an ENT specialist and have an audiogram in a week or so if your hearing does not return to normal.
 
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Jordandavidson96 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thanks for the advice. My ear has improved over the last 12 hours since my last post. I still have a faint ringing in my left ear, the pain and aching has also settled down and my hearing is fine. I have booked an appointment with an audiologist just to check if my hearing is still okay. I understand and believe that I have damaged my ear In a some sort of way, but I am just glad I haven't gone completely death. I hope that in time my faint ringing and pain in my ear goes away. Thanks
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Jordandavidson96's response:
Improvement in 12 hours is very encouraging, Jordan. The body has a remarkable way of fixinig our mistakes, so I hope this healing trend continues.

Make sure to ask Santa for some high-tech earplugs so you will have them for the next concert, if there is one.


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