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Hearing Loss After a Concert - How Long?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by VMan, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. mcflip

    mcflip Member

    Mar 16, 2006
    You did damage your ears, and that sort of thing is cumulative. I did it a bunch of times and while I'm sure I damaged my ears, I'm nowhere near as bad off as members of my band who can't hear for shit anymore.

    Just wear earplugs. Wear toilet paper if you forget, but be careful not to stuff it too far down your ear canal or it'll get stuck and you'll have to go to the emergency room.
  2. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    New York
    After a Go! Team show at Black Cat I had ringing for over a week. I was pretty miserable and couldn't sleep. It definitely depends on where you were positioned in comparison to amps and whatnot. Oh, and don't depend on plugs. I have a nice pair of Etymotics also but if you end up next to a stack (which happens to me a lot as I have to walk around during shows) it can still damage your ears. I have major hearing loss and have problems hearing periperal noises. [​IMG]
  3. JustinLB

    JustinLB New Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    What? Did someone say something? Speak up dude... Nah man, it will go away after about 36-72 hours, maybe more depending on what your surroundings are in the first 24-36 hours. Basically, give them a rest and you should be fine. Of course, there is always a chance that you have caused permanent damage, and the best way to know for sure if your really concerned about it is to get them checked out, if only to ease your state of mind about it. Your doctor will inform you of all you need to know, and maybe a check up wouldn't hurt once in a while anyway:) I wouldn't recommend the front row or to be positioned directly in front of the speaker arrangement(s) at any concert, although pending the performer(s), it really doesn't matter where you are in the venue, it all sounds the same, like a pile of muffled sh*t beating itself against a crash symbol. Decibels aren't everything. "some hang on the strings of obscene"
  4. Infrasonic

    Infrasonic Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2007
    Manchester, UK.
    After a gig you'll get temporary threshold shift.

    If you keep doing it for enough years it may go on to full tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears).

    As a drummer who went on to become a sound engineer (studio and then live), I've hammered my ears and have got chronic tinnitus in the left and not so bad in the right.
    I got custom earplugs made (ER15's) but left if too late...so be warned.
    If you go to loud gigs / clubs or bars with loud music, get some of the flat response plugs and wear them religiously.

    Believe me, tinnitus is no fun.

    Edit; And as AY intimated, the modern use of in ear phones/buds with MP3 etc. has lead to a lot of problems.
    Friend has tinnitus just from those. Keep the level down.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  5. ter1413

    ter1413 Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Central Booking

    a 6yr old bumb???? wtf!
  6. Nosu3

    Nosu3 Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    alcohol reduces the ear's natural ability to protect against loud noise. powerful antioxidants may help protect against and reverse ear damage.
  7. PMarquez

    PMarquez New Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I'm new to this, I'm not sure how old this post is. However, I went to a heavy metal concert show 2 days ago. My ears were ringing like crazy, I couldn't hear properly for the next 3 hours of the night. I woke up the next morning and my left ear had no problem, but I can't hear as well with my right ear (there is a constant / non-stopping ring on it).

    I went to the doctor today and he told me that with a 13 day medicine treatment (started today) I might eliminate the ringing, but I will most-likely not recover the hearing part I've lost. I'm giving myself 13 days without alcohol, and barely any music (except for another concert I have on wednesday, I'll wear ear-plugs).

    Has anyone been in a similar situation? A case of full recovery would really cheer me up.
  8. ring

    ring New Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Hey Dude! Im having the same issue since the past 5 days. Tell me ... Did yours get fixed? Would appreciate a reply!

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