How many here have hearing loss and/or Tinnitus?
This is a discussion on How many here have hearing loss and/or Tinnitus? within the Basic Gun Handling & Safety forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; My hearing is perfect AND I have tinnitus.
I don't know why, I pass my annual hearing test with soaring colors (0's and 5's across ...
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January 23rd, 2010 11:22 AM
My hearing is perfect AND I have tinnitus.
I don't know why, I pass my annual hearing test with soaring colors (0's and 5's across the board), but my ears have always rung since I was a little tyke. I always use my earmuffs at work and while shooting.
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January 23rd, 2010 12:32 PM
I will confess to a little...my wife says a lot, but...
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January 23rd, 2010 01:00 PM
Nope, I am good to go with hearing.
Should I have hearing problems, probably, but luckily I have escaped damage from some of the stupid stuff I have done in the past.
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January 23rd, 2010 03:54 PM
I'm loosing my hearing from the engine rooms on the Coast Guard Cutters I have been on. Pretty sad, since I am only 28.
January 23rd, 2010 04:04 PM
I definitely have some hearing loss. Of course I spent almost 25 years working in close proximity of jet aircraft.
January 23rd, 2010 04:54 PM
I attribute my hearing loss to many years of working in computer rooms/data centers. Some may not think that a computer room is noisey but there are lots of cooling fans, blowers for A/C the sound of large disk drive spinning etc.
Listening to my music on "Max" since I was a teenager hasn't helped much either I guess. I still do that even now in my mid 40's.
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January 23rd, 2010 06:33 PM
My loss is from my rock-n-roll youth! I couldnt play the music loud enough! My mother swore she could here me coming home 4 blocks away.
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January 24th, 2010 06:03 PM
I have a 20% hearing loss from working in a machine shop for 7 years.
It was a CONSTANT 129-131 decibels, 40 to 50 hours per week and hearing and eye protection was mandatory.
we got tested every other year. My hearing was getting progressively worse. Toward the end, I wore plugs and muffs, that seemed to help
The good news is, I got fired for calling the CEO of the company.....several bad names.... in front of 90 other employees. For some reason the jerk took exception to that~~~weird
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January 30th, 2010 09:46 AM
My ringing is more from jet engines than firing guns. At least that's what the Doc said when I filed with the VA. He's the Doc.
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February 17th, 2010 03:32 AM
In Fallujah in Nov. 2004 an Abrams battle tank main gun round fired a few feet from my head. It knocked me down and I thought I was dead. Picked myself back up and reengaged the enemy. My corpsman noticed blood coming from within my helmet and thought I was hit. Tackled me down and pulled off my lid to find the blood coming from my ear. I couldnt hear anything but ringing for the last few days since the battle started. I ruptured my ear drum leaving me mostly def in my left ear and tinnitus in the other. I have come accustom to listening and reading lips when people talk to me, just to figure out what they are saying. My wife hates it when I dont get it and ask her MANY times over to say it again. Hearing aids wont work either. Tried that and they suck!
February 17th, 2010 04:30 AM
Air Force 30+ yrs of B52's,KC135's, F4's, F15's, F111's,F16's and lots of range time !
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February 17th, 2010 06:50 AM
I've had tinnitus for the past 17-18 years. It started getting bad around 10 years ago. Now I have to have a radio or television on at night when I go to bed. The quieter it is, the more I notice the constant ringing in my ears.
The tinnitus gets worse the higher the altitude as well. Around 7-8 years ago I helped put up an amateur radio (ham) repeater on a local mountain here in the Las Vegas area. I began noticing the hearing in my left ear slowly diminishing the higher we ascended the mountain. By the time we descended the mountain I lost ALL the hearing in my left ear for 3 days. It slowly came back. After that experience no more "mountain-topping" for me.
I contribute my tinnitus to age & listening to HF radios while I was in the USAF. All that noise took it's toll on my hearing.
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February 17th, 2010 09:08 AM
Originally Posted by Avenger
Sorry to hear this, and thanks for your service.
Is hearing protection ever worn in combat?
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February 17th, 2010 09:52 AM
I've never been diagnosed with tinnitus and have always passed my hearing tests but I do have a constant ringing that varies from barely noticeable to moderately irritating. I can't place the blame on any one thing but between the M1 Abrams from my time in the Cav, the years as lead singer /Bass guitar in cover bands and the C-130s on the flight line I can guess that I am lucky to not have to say "what?" constantly.
I have always been anal about hearing protection on the firing line!
February 17th, 2010 10:04 AM
When I was young and dumb (as opposed to old and stupid)
I used to shoot with no ear protection
Remember not hearing for 4 hours afterwards.
Yes I have hearing loss
Yes I have constant ringing
Yes I was dumb!
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