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Did I cause long term hearing damage?
« on: November 01, 2022, 10:00:58 pm »
Will be grateful for any input. I had translab surgery in November 2021. Complete hearing loss in one ear after surgery and normal hearing in another. I was in a situation yesterday evening where I was exposed to almost one hour of continuous loud music—very loud. I had no way of leaving and no hearing protection. Others were complaining about how loud the music was and it was bothering me. At night, both my ears were hurting and felt hypersensitive. I am not worried about discomfort but am very anxious that I might have hurt my hearing (even if in a small way) given that my good ear is overworked/hypersensitized. Please advise. Thanks for replying! Just so upset that I was in this situation 😰
47 yr female
Progressive hearing loss, tinnitus since 2017
AN diagnosis left ear September 2021
1.5 cm width x 2.5 cm length
Translab November 2021
@ Univ of Iowa (Dr Marlan Hansen)
SSD, facial nerve preserved
Recovery slow but steady


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Re: Did I cause long term hearing damage?
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2022, 01:11:41 pm »
Hi Autumnbird!

First of all, I should state that I am not a physician so there is no way I could give you a prognosis on whether your exposure to loud music damaged your hearing.

However, with that said, we do know that continual exposure to loud music (and loud noises) over time can damage a person's hearing, and that is true with those who have normal hearing and do not suffer from acoustic neuromas.  So, it is very wise for us to avoid long continuous exposure to loud music and loud noises without proper hearing protection.

I am glad that you shared your experience, Autumnbird, because I had been invited last week to go to a concert where I know the music will be loud.  Your post here has persuaded me to politely decline going to the concert.  I cannot afford to damage my good ear.  So, thank you for your post!
Burning Tongue, Loss of Hearing & Balance, and Tinnitus led to MRI. Very small AN found on 11/23/2021
While watching and waiting, lost significant hearing. WRS now at 12% (down from 100%). Was fitted with CROS system on 3/7/22.  Stable MRI on 7/29/22
No treatment yet.