27th July 2008
Hearing loss after seeing one concert, 2 days later no better - any hope? - help!
I had to record a club gig the other night, I had my musician's ear plugs in with the 15db filters. Yes, I should have had the 25db filters in, but I had foolishly left them at home. The 15db filters usually are enough though for most cases.
There was a loud guitar amp pointing toward my left ear, granted, it was over 25 feet away, but it was LOUD... and piercing... I had to stay in that position in order to man the recording gear.
Driving home after the gig, I noticed I could not hear out of my left ear, and bad ringing in that ear. Ok, in my lifetime this has happened before and usually went away after 12 hours or so. But in this case, the next morning, I still could hear only 50% out of the left ear at best and still bad ringing.
Now nearing 2 days later, it's not any better. I am getting VERY UPSET AND VERY SCARED. I'll call a doctor tomorrow.
In the meatime, any thoughts... ideas... experiences? Did I permanently destroy my hearing and end my audio career while recording a one hour club gig? Or is there hope that this loss of hearing in the one ear will come back?
This is some REALLY scary stuff here... if my ear heals and I can actually continue on with my audio career, I will surely never again go to another gig without not only my 25db filter ear plugs, but ALSO a set of super high-attentuation rifle-range style headphones to put OVER the 25db plugs!
The amplifier at the gig I was at was indeed unusually and inappropriately loud and very focused in a very piercing upper mid-range frequency, seemed to just cut right through the ear plugs like a knife. It did cause pain during the gig, but I was stuck at the recorder / microphone position. I was foolishly assuming that the 15db plugs would be enough to "protect" regardless, but... the feeling of pain should have been an indicator for me to get out of there. I SHOULD have just aborted the mission and walked away, but... lesson learned. I hope I didn't just end my career because of one small gig.
So, again, I'm here at almost 2 days later, still with only 50% hearing and a lot of ringing in the one ear... do I have a chance? Yesterday I still felt hopeful, but I've never had hearing loss and ringing persist for almost 2 whole days before.