Anyone else in the tinnitus club?

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  1. simoncroft

    simoncroft Still playing. Still learning! Silver Member

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    Right now it sounds as if I've left several Marshall stacks on, but with nothing plugged into them. I used to get it mostly in the evenings but now it's close to constant. Where did I go wrong?
    • Operating a pneumatic hammer without ear protectors on the basis "it's too hot"
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  2. tubedude

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    M-60 range without earplugs. 1974. Still ringing today.
     
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    Yep, I'm in. Been 11 years, from pretty invasive surgery of my right ear.
    We get along reasonably well. When I'm very tired or nervous is when it can be nerves-shattering. I find masking nature sounds help to go to sleep.
     
  4. StratoMutt

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    Yep. It varies from moderate to severe at times. All various high frequencies that clash. Sometimes I hear clicking sounds.

    It masks ambient sounds over 8 KHz or so.

    I have the one functional ear; me left ear has been stone deaf since birth.
     
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    I have it but it is improving. I found a technique from Dr. Eric Berg on YouTube that does help.
     
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    I knew someone must be talking about me because my ears were ringing.
     
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    Well, that's one louder..... isn't it?
     
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    I definately have tinnitus but don't really know how bad it is due to there being a couple contributing factors.

    I've been playing guitar loudly for 30 years and I've also been working in an automotive stamping plant for for over 20 years so there's no question I have it.

    On top of that I have some kind of chronic sinus condition that also contributes by putting pressure on the "ear guts" and is not a constant level of ringing.

    The audiologist says I have significant hearing loss in range where you'd find the voices most women and children. I have that on paper.
     
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    Yes, had it for many years now, my current band made it worse, a bass heavy reggae band with a 4k watt PA rig, we were playing 120 plus gigs per year at one point, still do between 80-100, I should have used ear plugs, but paid the price - irreversible damage !
     
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    Was under an F-14 Tomcat with engines running on the flight deck while in the Navy and my cranial (protective head gear) got yanked off by a probe under the aircraft. The sound of the engines was so loud it dropped me to my knees while I grabbed my cranial and got it put back on my head. Ever since I have a very loud F-14 engine screaming in my head!
     
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    Constant ringing....both ears most days its a 4-6 on the volume knob but today its '11' ughhhh has been worse since college when we saw the WHO back to back nights and were right next to the stage right speaker stacks...and then a few years back at a AC/DC concert at the old Spectrum in Philly ... I couldn't hear properly for 2 days....what's the old saying if it's too loud your too old... OH MY what did you say...... LOL
     
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    Jeff Beck has it.
     
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    Since mid eighties Tod Rungren. It was so loud my eyeballs vibrated in my skull.
    BTW they were beyond horrible.
     
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    Yup. It sucks. Don;t know why some people feel as though they have to play so loud. IMHO dynamics is much more interesting to listen to then people just playing as loud as they can.
     
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    I thought everyone has it in my age group?
     
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    Luckily I heard about the condition early on, and took precautions, both at work in different loud factories, and blasting music extremely loud. I sometimes have a steady ringing, not as bad as some of your postings describe. I don't know how much is age, or the loud noises that were around me when I was younger. Earplugs are cheap, but you have to use them.
     
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    VH1 sponsored John Lee Hooker performance, as a later act during a summer music festival. The sound guy seemed to crank the PA on purpose and Hooker's keyboard player, a young women, cried out in pain as it must've been worse through the monitors. I saw other acts at this tent (John Martin, Billy Bragg) which were kinda loud, but not FU loud.
     
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    I have tinnitus, but only really notice it if I'm in the house alone, reading or whatever. sounds like a kind of "twittering" sound in my ears. Only way I can describe it.
    Years of working in factories, playing loud music and going to gigs has taken its toll I reckon.
    Thinking of getting some decent musicians earplugs for when I jam with mates. It can get loud sometimes. Never tried any, and often wondered whether they really are any good. Do they muffle the sound of what you're hearing, or just attenuate it? Or is it too late? Is the damage already done?
    I'm 56, by the way, so maybe its just my hearing naturally degrading ? I always wore hearing protection at work, but not so when playing or going to gigs.
     
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    i have a bunch of old aircraft documentaries for that. the monotone narration combined with engines droning plus the fact that i've heard them all before so i'm not going to miss anything if i doze off.

    the way i describe my tinny to others: imagine 15 people near your left ear, each one spinning around while spraying an aerosol can. then add another 15 people doing the same thing in your right ear.

    the constant swirling in the stereo field makes life interesting, and also that a lot of a sound's info is contained in the high end, e.g. was that noise a light knock on my door? or did someone drop a heavy box in the next room? or was it a car smash a block away?

    if 0% is threshold of hearing, and 100% is threshold of pain, my tinny is often around the 80% - 95% mark, so i tend to not go out much if i can help it...

    showering is interesting, the splatting of the water hitting the tiles combining with the tinnitus creates occasional subharmonics in the same audio band as a human voice, i.e. it sounds like someone muttering in the room next door, which is very disconcerting if you live alone in a high-crime area. it took a long time to get used to that.

    the suspected cause - middle of winter, my GF and her friend came to pick me up from a late gig in a car with barely any petrol in it, and naturally it ran out. it was 2am and i only had a t-shirt on, but i had to go running around trying to find a petrol station (this is in the late '80s, before mobile phones, before 24-hour petrol stations. there would be 5 stations on roster serving the entire city, and they were different ones every week) - after an hour of running/jogging in freezing cold, my ears started to hurt intensely but i had to keep going as there were two women in a dead car relying on me to find petrol. the tinnitus started soon after that - it began as my heartbeat sounding really loud, and over a few years gradually morphed into swirling top-end hiss.
     
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