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    Please Help- Tinnitus

    I patched a tube early this morning. Ran over some glass on a ride yesterday, had a flat and had to get a ride home. When I put the tube onto the rim and pumped it up to about 100 psi, the tube popped. Probably wasn't seated on the rim correctly, just much luck.

    As it popped, my left eardrum exploded, I heard a ringing in my ears for a few seconds and all calmed down.

    I'm scared that I caused damage to my ears. I don't want to have overhwhelming tinnitus in my left ear. I don't hear any ringing but I'm still extremely scared.

    I've read a great deal on tinnitus and never have I felt so vulnerable in my life. Just imagine having Tinnitus for the rest of your life, hating every second of your existence...thank God nothing else happened.

    If you can, please give me more insight on the anatomy of the ear, any experiences with tinnitus and maybe a remedy for flat tires altogether. Thank you.

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    Don't worry about it. One bang isn't going to do much damage. I have some hearing loss from not using ear protection shooting guns, riding loud motorcycles, and playing in loud rock bands growing up. It takes long exposure to loud sounds for tininitus to start. It usually fades after a day or so in my experience.
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    I have had tinnitus since I was a young kid. I thought for a very long time that everyone heard ringing in their ears constantly. What a surprise that I was wrong. Ha! I don't hate every minute of my existence because of it, though. I just can't stand silence. As long as there is a fan on or a radio going I tend to not notice the ringing so much. It's not so bad. I can't tell you with any certainty what the consequences of one really loud bang would be but if it makes you feel any better, they supposedly now have medicine for tinnitus sufferers that relieves the ringing.

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    I have continuous ringing in the ears & a 60% hearing loss due to service in Vietnam. It's been 41 years, now & I can attribute all of it to one certain massive explosion . As I type this , both ears are ringing with my right ear at a higher tone than the left. With my hearing aids in, I don't hear the ringing. My doctor said that she had patients that even SHE could hear the ringing !!! I also use a fan at night or a radio tuned off a channel to where there is a slight buzzing soung. It is very hard for me to sleep without anything . No medicines or over the counter drugs have helped mine.
    With one pop, you may luck out & not have done any real permanent damage. Only time will tell. I would suggest going about your normal business for the time being. Self-check your hearing, one ear at a time, to see if you notice any hearing loss, which would probably be a ruptured eardrum.

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    Yeah, if it's a noticeable hearing loss, and it doesn't improve in a week or so, go get it checked out.

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    If you have noticable anything - do not wait to be seen by a specialist - immediate care can many times resolve the problem ========= very poor advice "to wait."

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    True -- if it seems significant enough that you're worried (which you are), then go get it checked out now.

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    If you have noticable anything - do not wait to be seen by a specialist - immediate care can many times resolve the problem ========= very poor advice "to wait."

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    Choice: 1. Stop worrying. Or 2. Go see a doctor. Getting reassurance from an internet forum would not be a choice for me.

    I have had tinnitus for at least 20 years, due to riding a motorcycle for many, many years.

    If you have already read a great deal on tinnitus, then you already know more than most on the anatomy of the ear.

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    I used to be in a band and would regularly come out after practice sessions and gigs with terrible ringing and hissing in my ears. It will go. Just don't obsess about it. It will go, and getting obsessed with health issues, esp constant googling, only convinces you of the worst. Trust me, I've been there.

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    I've had the high-pitched ringing in my ears for a looooonng time, and the only time I really notice it is in total silence... which doesn't happen very often. It's not a hateful existence thing.

    I AM easily bothered by sharp, loud noises, though, since my problem developed. Nothing can be done for me, I've been told.

    Since I ride daily, the stresses involved are pretty short-lived.

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    I wouldn't worry about it. I've had it most of my adult life. Mine came from jet airplanes in the military. With the amount of abuse I put my hearing through and I only have a slight case of it, I doubt your popped tube is going to do anything at all.
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    If there's no blood pouring out of your ear, don't fret it. You'll live. Music may not sound as good though.
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    I started getting tinnitus 5 year ago when the doctor placed me on blood pressure medication. I no longer take the medication but the tinnitus remains and it does drive me crazy. It's alittle disappointing to hear most to you also have it and there apparently is no cure. I would really like to know if anyone has tried any of those medications that are around.

    That said... I have blown up tires before and my ears rang all day but it eventually went away. Same as going to a loud rock concert.
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    I have it and studied it.
    No cure..

    I read of one case that the ringing was so loud the patient elected to have surgery to become completely deaf.
    He had the surgery, was now deaf, but still had the ringing.

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    Had cisplatinum, have permanent hearing loss, including mild tinnitus. Meh. There are worse things.

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    Are you in pain? If your ear hurts, please see a doctor immediately. If it's just ringing, you can wait to see if it will go away. If for any reason, your ear starts hurting or bleeding, I would seek medical attention immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Had cisplatinum, have permanent hearing loss, including mild tinnitus. Meh. There are worse things.
    I was unaware of this. Glad it worked for you.
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    Thanks! It worked well enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow_Fred View Post
    As it popped, my left eardrum exploded, I heard a ringing in my ears for a few seconds and all calmed down.

    I don't hear any ringing but I'm still extremely scared.

    1. Don't panic. from what you're saying you had a temporary reaction, which is the ears' natural protection (middle ear bones stiffen to protect the eardrum by dampening or limiting its vibration). Since you aren't hearing ringing you are probably just fine....because you are not having intense pain I doubt you ruptured your eardrum.

    2. Having said that there is no harm in making an appt to see an ENT or audiologist to get examined and also to do an acuity test and get a baseline on your hearing levels now. This way you'll know if you sustain any loss over the years. That's normal too, but good to have a grip on it.

    3. Add me to the list of tinnitus sufferers, caused by too loud headphones and playing in rock and roll bands for years. It sometimes takes years for this to show up, unless we're talking a honest to god explosion, like mentioned above, during war time. Mine took about ten years, started as a hiss and now is a slight high pitched sound. I've tried some meds, but honestly, you get used to it and deal. It sucks at night when it's quiet, but you learn to deal.

    4. The best thing you (and everyone) can do is protect your hearing now, regardless of level of damage, if any. I carry the cheap foam drug store ear plugs (look for NR of at least 20db) with me everywhere, just in case I find myself in loud situations. A good barometer is if you cannot have a normal conversation or hear yourself talking due to background noise, you're in a loud enough environment to cause damage to your ears. So, in that case, use the plugs.


    5. There have been similar threads on BF about this before. I'd say 'be careful' when pumping up tires but you can have loud blowouts just hitting a pot hole.
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    My husband got tinnitus a few years back - a severe case which also effected his balance. He'd be walking along, and all of a sudden fall over - he also had a few bouts of such extreme dizziness that he would get sick. He started taking Lipo-Flavinoid for the noise, and it helped after a few months. The dizziness and loss of balance has almost subsided (he still trips or stumbles every now & again) after a chiropractor friend gave him some walking exercises to "re-train" his brain to cope with the inner ear balance malfunction. There are a few products on the market for tinnitus that supposedly work faster than the Lipo-Flavanoid, but he hasn't tried them. Check out the info on swansonvitamins.com http://www.swansonvitamins.com/healt...the-ears/intro
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    I have constant tinnitus from playnig in a Punk band in my misspent youth, shooting big bore *****s all my live and 25 years of driving trucks. You get used to it when it's your constant companion.
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    I doubt your eardrum exploded if you were able to post on a forum instead run to a hospital or something. However, if it does end up with tinnitus, just get a fishtank and leave like a 2 inch gap at the top instead of full. It adds a nice trickle background to any room. I feel weird if I dont have that trickle now after having tanks for a few years.

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    Like many here I have constant noise in my ears mainly from loud work environments and a lifetime of motorcycles. I only notice it when it is really quiet or if I think about it (like now, thanks a lot Guys!). There are worse things and I would never, never seek any type of medical solution for it.

    Oddly enough, it gets most intense after a long motorcycle ride (I just did a 10 day 3,600 mile tour) despite the fact I always wear really high quality ear plugs. While I am riding I am in a "cone of silence" but when I take them out the noise really starts. Usually it takes a couple of weeks to calm back down.

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