Tinnitus

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  1. newduk

    newduk Elite Refuge Member

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    Shooting for many years without hearing protection coupled with cranked up Led Zep thru headphones probably didn't do my hearing any good. As a student pilot in my twenties, getting my class III medical, I had people covering their ears while the audiologist cranked up the high freq part of the test. They could hear it outside of the headphones I was wearing. Rats were vacating the premises, I couldn't hear squat. Was told I could never be a commercial pilot. I don't have much ringing, thankfully, but I'm oblivious to most high freq sound. One day probably burn the house down making tea. Teakettle whistling.....nada. As has been stated here, protect your hearing, I wish I had.
     
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  2. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator

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    Why would you want to?
     
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  3. Neighbor Guy

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    I try to explain to people there is nothing louder than silence. As that seems to be when the ringing is the loudest. I need to have a radio on at all times even just to get to sleep.

    Ear protection has become a mandatory part of every day life. I keep custom molds in my pocket cause you never know.
     
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  4. KAHunter

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    Yep had not thought about mine in a while now I cant help but hear it. Dont have it bad but def got a ringing. My hearing loss is worse. Any background noise I cant hear anyone talk and I get loud sometimes.

    By the way, Have you all heard the one about the deaf queer....?
     
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  5. 3labman

    3labman Senior Refuge Member

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    Listening to music at maximum levels and shooting guns 40 years, 20 years in the USN, 18 years in a manufacturing plant my hearing is bad needless to say. Wish I had spent money on high dollar hearing protection instead of high dollar shotguns. Wear my ESPs shooting, doing yard work and listen to the demon rock&roll at half volume most of the time.
     
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  6. Vahunter

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    You're both fortunate and wise.
    I grew up on a farm. Started driving a tractor at 8, started shooting at 8, learned to operate a mobile feed mill at 9, operated a chain saw for the first time at 15. It was the 70s; had no idea the damage I was doing, nor did my parents, who should have known I suppose.......
    Went to take the physical for the Marines at 18...I had already lost my ability to hear high frequencies...
    I have worn double protection ever since when doing stuff like that.

    The good news is my audiograms have been pretty constant for 40 years now. Wearing protection works; you have a good chance to dodge the bullet.
     
  7. Vahunter

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    I have a profound hearing lose but very little tinnitus. Not sure how that happened.
     
  8. Vahunter

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    Are you f---ing kidding me?
    Aids ABSOLUTELY help. If I was your wife I'd drag your @$$ to their hearing aid specialist to get the best they offered.
    I heard sounds I hadn't heard in 40 years when I got mine. I got frequency shifting and REALLY started hearing stuff I hadn't heard.

    How many relationships in your life do you want to ruin because you can't hear and misunderstand people? How badly do you want to isolated yourself? Good God....
     
  9. Vahunter

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    This is my impromptu PSA for today. I'm about to divulge personal details none of you need to know, but I will to show you how inability to hear can mess you up:
    I grew up an only-kid in a house with a pair of blockheads.
    Blockhead XY had the same background as me, farm kid, hunter - except he was a machine gunner that survived WWII. I know now he had a profound hearing loss from before my birth. Only he wouldn't acknowledge it - wasn't consistent with the patriarchal image he had of himself.
    He ruined many personal relationships in his life because he missed most of what was said, misconstrued what little he did manage to hear - and would never acknowledge his mistake(which is another story). He made a lot of enemies and garnered little respect from most...and he went to his grave that way.

    My point is: hearing loss can ruin careers, relationships, even lives. Protect your damn hearing and get hearing aids, cochlear implants, whatever you need if you have a loss.
    ...and protect the hearing you have and in the young folks in your charge - kids, grandkids, friends, etc.
     
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  10. Biggar2000

    Biggar2000 Senior Refuge Member

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    Showed wife the post, I am going within a week or so back for major hearing test and evaluation.
    Guys that I have asked that wear hearing aids say they still have the ringing. It’s 3-4 that I know.
    I am going. My wife the educated one in the business said it will help. Realized how loud Sirius Radio was on in my truck when my son got in this morning and said old man you are deaf.
     
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