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TINNITUS SUCKS! Wind, surf & fishing are the only “therapy”.

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For 30+ years my ears have been ringing. Too much loud rock music in the 1970s is the problem. Diagnosis has been significant loss in 2-4kHz range, human speech, right ear worse than the left. 

 

Over-ear headphones, guitar amp in HS locker room and too many nights in bars with live music. Back then, when the NYC area had a vibrant live music scene, we would spend a night or two a week watching Twisted Sister, Rat Race Choir, Southern Cross Band, Good Rats, Zebra and others. In Westchester, Queens, Jersey, LI, we would find the bands. 

 

Of them all, it was Sister that had the biggest impact as we’d stand in front of the Marshall stacks when they were on stage (right ear toward stacks). Those were the Club Dayz, before “the hardest working band in the land” made it to MTV. Days of “TV Wife”, “Chinese Hustle” and covers of Zep, NY Dolls, Golden Earing and Kenny on the bass (pre-Mark).

 

So in my mind, there’s a connection between Twisted Sister and tinnitus and I would guess that many 1970s fans suffer the affliction. Back then, we thought it cool to have your ears ringing two days after a night at The Fore & Aft, Detroit, Rising Sun, Speaks, Lamore, Fountain Casino, Glen Island, etc.

 

In hindsight, the ringing then was not cool, that was the "sound" of dying auditory nerve cells. 

 

So they ring 24/7/365 and it impacts my hearing (just ask my family). I say "pardon me" or "excuse me" more often than I care to admit. I am too vain to get hearing aids, thus far.

 

Makes me wonder what the current too-loud ear bud users' hearing will be like in 20 years. If you can hear the music those around you are listening to through their buds, time to warn them they are doing themselves no favors. 

 

Anyway, on Saturday I was out in the beach and noticed that I couldn’t hear the ringing over the steady 15mph+ SSE wind and rolling surf. It was quite noticeable but was false relief for sure. But it was a respite from the usual and a few blues and jacks made it more enjoyable.  

 

If it loads, this video with audio should replicate the effect. 

 

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I have tinnitus from listening to too much loud music. Any of you guys ever deal with this?

 

There, I've edited your post. Such a long winded dude, for focks sake, cut the fat.

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Mine isn’t quite that bad, but I have a feeling it will present itself more over time. Same deal, with some boom stick and no hearing protection thrown in there. I notice mine more when ambient pressure changes and it takes longer for my hearing to return after clearing the imbalance. 

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I've been dealing with tinnitus since 2004, for the same reason, too many loud concerts.

 

I remember seeing ZZ Top, with Sammy Hagar opening for them, back in '83 during the Eliminator tour. I played golf with my father and my best friend the next morning. The whole time on the course my ears were ringing because ZZ Top was so loud. That ringing went away in a day. But I saw a whole lot more loud concerts after that.

 

When I went to an ear doctor I told him about my ear ringing and all the concerts. The doctor told me he had tinnitus as well except his was from being on a navy boat during Vietnam and he used to sleep on a deck below the big guns that were shooting shells at the V.C.  My doctor won the "how did you get tinnitus" battle that day.  :)

 

I've been wearing ear plugs at concerts for a while now in hopes of keeping the damage from progressing. Coffee and gin & tonics seem to make it worse at times.

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I had ear ringing for two days after seeing Robin Trower up close and personal. I occasionally get some ringing but not very often. Happened just the other day but only lasted a few minutes. 

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Mine turned out to be an acoustic neuroma,  a tumor growing on and around the auditory nerve. Over the years it has killed the nerve I'm basically deaf in my right ear.  Had radiation treatment in '10 and get an MRI every two years to make sure it's not growing. The tinnitus is in both both far worse in the right.

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19 mins ago, Reed422 said:

I have tinnitus from listening to too much loud music. Any of you guys ever deal with this?

 

There, I've edited your post. Such a long winded dude, for focks sake, cut the fat.

The text was created for another venue, with a different audience, that would "get" the cultural references. I modified it for you heathens and knuckledraggers but clearly not enough. 

 

 

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5 mins ago, Rickman said:

Mine turned out to be an acoustic neuroma,  a tumor growing on and around the auditory nerve. Over the years it has killed the nerve I'm basically deaf in my right ear.  Had radiation treatment in '10 and get an MRI every two years to make sure it's not growing. The tinnitus is in both both far worse in the right.

Interesting.  You are a rara avis.

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25 mins ago, Reed422 said:

I have tinnitus from listening to too much loud music. Any of you guys ever deal with this?

 

There, I've edited your post. Such a long winded dude, for focks sake, cut the fat.

well said Weeeeeeeeeeeeed, i was going to respond exactly how you did. Mr. Kaz is a total cuckoo bird. 

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