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Loud Impulsive Noise
Anon_237213 posted:
I have been struggling for the past year and a half with noises in my ears, I recently had a diagnosis of atypical meneire's disease.

The other day, my husband accidentally dropped a glass dish into the kitchen sink. I stood within arms reach of him. I felt pressure in my left ear and heard a shrilling ringing noise for a couple of seconds. The pressure remained in the left ear for maybe 20 minutes or a half hour.

Could this incident have caused any damage or possibly induce a new onset of tinnitus permanently?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Yes, that is possible, but many people with tinnitus have hyper-sensitive hearing. Even though the sudden sound may have hurt or caused some temporary symptoms, it may not have caused any further damage.