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How Much Do You Protect Your Ears?


How Much Do You Protect Your Ears?
How Much Do You Protect Your Ears?

Well it didn’t turn out too good for me that I can tell you,got super mild T in January of 2011 and within a year it got waaaay better,I’m talking a 0.2 out of ten.Then in February 2012 I went to a loud club kind of place and wore earplugs,admittedly they fell out and were a nightmare to wear but I was wearing them correctly.Needless to say the next day I woke up with really loud tonal T and what I think was mild H at the time.I gave it a few months and my T dropped down to like a 0.9 out of 10 so extremely mild.I decided there and then no more noise for me,I sold my sports car and bought a quite BMW and began avoiding all noisy environments.I went to see a specialist and had my hearing tested whilst I was there and according to her yet again zero hearing loss was detected.This boosted my confidence at the time and I started doing the things I loved once again.I sold my BMW and bought a JDM Honda Civic and began building it up into a monster.Now the Honda could be noisy at times but over all I always kept the volume down,I would experiment with different exhaust pipes and I judged by ear,if it’s too loud then no and that’s it.I would even look at buying other cars and if they were too loud on the test drive they weren’t being bought end of discussion.It was the same with going to socialise,if I was heading down the pub I wouldn’t wear earplugs,I judged by ear and if it was too loud then I excused myself no exceptions.There were many times where I would walk into the pub and leave after half an hour as it just wasn’t worth the risk to me.Two years later my fear was realised,I went to my mates 21st and walked inside,it was insanely loud inside so I began planning my exit but people I hadn’t seen in a long time were stopping me trying to chat and catch up on things.I started getting extremely anxious and when I did finally reach the door it was locked?Unknownst to me a surprise stripper had been organised and I was locked inside the building!I had to sit at the back of the room and when it was over I rushed out and went home immediately!I had a Temporary Threshold Shift and I began fearing the worse!Next day I woke up fine no T increase or anything!But in the coming weeks that changed and my T went insanely loud and distorted.Two days later the fateful noise happened and that was my new level T and now H was here to stay!Two more years of avoiding all loud noise and my H was 85% better and my T was now maybe a 1-3 out of Ten depending on the day.Then suddenly my father died in October in 2015.This had a profound impact on me and again I decided that I need to live a life again,I started getting out more and socialising again.I started following my passion for cars yet again and began attending shows across the country.If the noise levels were high I wore good quality earplugs and if it was moderate I didn’t as per instructed.Needless to say all this noise got me and in January of this year my condition worsened yet again and this time it was much worse than ever!Two months of being in noisier environments and sound insults was enough to leave me with severe H and moderate T. It is now 6 am and it’s still there. We wouldn’t go somewhere like this normally but one of the lads had to meet his girlfriend who was there.