Hi i went to a shooting range 2 days ago, and yes, i was an id**t and did not wear ear protection, loud noises typically dont bother me at all, and im around them a lot. anyway i forgot my ear plugs, and decided to shoot anyway, big mistake..
so my ears rang for about an hour after. but after the initial ringing went away, my left ear went completely back to normal, but my right ear did not, i noticed a kind of raspy, distorted, broken speaker sound when listening to the radio at a pretty normal volume, i get the same sound when people talk to me, and especially when i talk, its not every word or all of one word, its usually just part of a word.
that and i noticed ringing the night of, and the next morning, seemed to pretty much disappear during the day, then when i was in bed, it came back for a little bit, went away, and came back constantly within like 10 minutes. now, the next day, (2 days after shooting) the ringing is still there and pretty constant. as well as the raspy, broken speaker sound.
there is also a very slight pressure in my ear, but that could be from a lot of jaw movement ive been doing trying to pop my ears and stuff.
i went to a doctor today, he said there was no damage that he could see in my ear, and said most likely it will all go away within about a week. i told him the gun i used, (762x54 rounds) and fired around 30 or so shots. he said its very unlikely that i suffered any permanent damage like this, especially if i havent had issues with loud noises in the past.
i did some searching around, and from what ive read you can damage parts of the cochlea, and as a result have trouble hearing tones that that part of the cochlea hears. but it sounds like thats much more common in old age.
then i found something called a perilymph fistula, where you get a tear in tissue between your middle and inner ear, and some people with a perilymph fistula experience that blown speaker sound. and for this to heal you need either bed rest for 1-2 weeks and if that doesnt work, then surgery.
and one last thing... ive been taking minocycline, for the last 2 months or so for acne, i looked up what its effect can be on hearing, and i found that it can cause tinnitus, but i also found that it may help after ear damage. anyway i stopped taking it, and about 24 hours after i took it is when the ringing came back, after being gone for most of the second day. not sure if it has anything to do with the minocycline at all, might be completely seperate.
so if anyone has any knowledge about this, or can help in anyway that would be great. im going to see an EMT tomorrow, from what it sounds like only time will tell if these symptoms are here to stay. and im really hoping they arent, im only 22 and i dont want to have to live the rest of my life like this, 2 days and im already sick of it. i might be over reacting but i feel i have good reason to, the doctor said try not to look at anything on the internet, it does a good job of scaring people, but i just want have as much knowledge about this as i can so i can recover as well as i can.
any help would be greatly appreciated!