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#1 Old 05-10-2008, 10:58 PM
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I just F'd up my hearing big time.



I've got a bad habit of sleeping through my alarm clocks, and it's naturally caused problems at work. Finally, I wound up on a 1-year probation thing...and a mere 10 seconds late will cost me my job.



So...I bought a new alarm clock with a bed-shaker (made for the hearing impared), and another one that's 110 decibels...



The 110 decibel one is my back-up in case I sleep through my other two...and the idea is to wake up and turn off the extra loud one before it goes off. It's super-painful, and always works. There's a warning on it about hearing damage if placed too close to your head...so naturally I put it right on my nightstand, and pointed it at my head.



About 31 hours ago...I managed to SLEEP THROUGH 110 DECIBELS!!!

(...in addition to high-volume radio, and the shaking bed...yeah, I'm a heavy sleeper)



I think the alarm went off for an hour before it cut off on it's own...I'm not sure... I woke up, unable to hear out of my left ear, and it had this numb fuzzy feeling.



My right ear was against my pillow, so it's fine.



I've still got this horrid loud ringing in it...and it physically HURTS...



I can hear sound in it now...but it still hurts pretty bad.



I have no experience with stuff like this.



Does anyone know how long it will be before I know how much of this is permanent?

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#2 Old 05-11-2008, 12:53 AM
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I have experienced things like this and they have always been short term problems that will heal as long as you don't do again whatever it was that messed you up. If it doesn't clear up in a week or so then you could see a specialist.
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Have you been to a doctor about your original hearing impairment? It could very well be something easily fixed
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#4 Old 05-11-2008, 05:25 AM
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My original hearing imparement???



I only mentioned my recent hearing injury in this thread, so you may be remembering me mentioning my hearing problems in another thread.



I've had my hearing tested, and for almost every pitch there's only one ear I can hear it in... I can only talk on the phone in my right ear, but if I can't quite hear someone talking to my face, I'll turn my left ear to them...



The ear-doc didn't feel it was severe enough to require a hearing aid...and that it wasn't really interfering with my life.



But now...my left inner ear REALLY hurts... It feels like someone jabbed an ice pick in there... I'm gradually hearing more and more out of it...but it seems like the more hearing I regain, the more pain I experience.

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After 24 hours your hearing should go back to normal. Fingers crossed. 110dB can definitely cause permanent hearing loss. I have a chart somewhere that tells you how long you can be exposed to that level before it affects your hearing permanently- hope I can find it for you tho :/ I know that for 85dBs it is 8 hours, but for 110dB it is much quicker. Hope that helps!



-sorry, you should know after 24 hours how much hearing you've lost
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Awwww....you used your first post to help me and my poor ear!



Welcome to VB!!!!!!!!



But...sadly...more than 24 hours have passed.

...and it sounds like I have an earmuff over one ear.

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Ok sorry can't find the table. googled noise exposure 110dB minutes and found this http://www.earmuffsforkids.com.au/hearingfacts. It says 2 minutes of 110dB noise can affect hearing. I know the site is for kids but it applies to anyone. Hopefully your hearing will not be affected too much- go see your specialist tho. Good luck with everything
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Thanks for the welcome Been lurking for years... but just had to reply to you! Hmmm... maybe you should get a dog and train it to lick you until you wake up. A rooster??
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Ha-ha... If I can sleep through an hour of 110 decibels, I'm sure a rooster wouldn't do a thing...



And, my dogs regularly walk on me, and stand on me, while I'm asleep. According to my neighbor, there have been times they are standing on top of me, jumping up and down, and barking out the window...



I'm a REALLY heavy sleeper.

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That's awesome! The ability to sleep through jumping dogs is very impressive. Ok... i've got it... you need a sprinkler fire alarm thingy and a toaster set on 'burn' that is triggered by your alarm clock. K that's prob too elaborate... working on it. There must be something that'll wake you up. Flashing lights??? Let us know how your retest goes at the audiologist.
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Maybe if you unhook the speaker, and just tie the wires around a finger...
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Nice! that has potential. Maybe coupled with the sprinkler system?!? Although electric shocks can cause hearing loss...
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To your finger?
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Well I have managed to give my fingers a little electric shock occasionally, and none of them have any hearing currently- so there ya go! Which reminds me... when I was little my dad always used to tell me that fish fingers were actually as the name implies. He proved it by pointing out that the reason I'd never seen a fish with fingers was because they cut them all off. Looking back, that's not terribly veg-friendly is it?? Oh well
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Crud...



...I may have actually perforated my eardrum.



My mother has insisted that I call my doc first thing in the morning so he can look at it...



I looked up the symptoms online...and I may have a small tear.



Crap...




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ouch

hopefully that's something that can heal or be repaired, i'm not sure though

my hubby's best friend is like this, he has multiple alarms. we used to share a place and he always needed one of us to go in his room and wake up him. now he has a wife to wake him luckily. if he lived totally on his own he'd always sleep in. he's never really found a good solution other than someone going in and waking him up. for some reason the sound of someone saying his name always wakes him up. i would just poke my head in and say "Dave time to get up" and he would wake up right away, without even having to raise my voice or shake him or anything, but 3 or 4 alarms going off at the same time on max volume and he wouldn't budge.

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ouch

hopefully that's something that can heal or be repaired, i'm not sure though

my hubby's best friend is like this, he has multiple alarms. we used to share a place and he always needed one of us to go in his room and wake up him. now he has a wife to wake him luckily. if he lived totally on his own he'd always sleep in. he's never really found a good solution other than someone going in and waking him up. for some reason the sound of someone saying his name always wakes him up. i would just poke my head in and say "Dave time to get up" and he would wake up right away, without even having to raise my voice or shake him or anything, but 3 or 4 alarms going off at the same time on max volume and he wouldn't budge.



It's pretty frustrating...

I do live alone, and I sleep through them a lot...



What's most frustrating, is the fact that people with this problem find themselves fighting their own brain. CERTAIN sounds will wake you up, but not others...and difference in volume doesn't seem to matter.



My tips:



1. Use different alarms for your days off from work. Why? If you wake up enough to realize you can keep sleeping, you are more likely to sleep through them on your days off...and you'll train your brain to think that sound is something to be ignored so you can get more sleep.



2. This works quite well for me: http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SB...0567693&sr=8-4 Not only is there a bed shaker, but you can also randomly adjust the pitch and tone of the sound, so the sound keeps changing, and you never get too used to a certain sound.



That alarm clock has always worked, and my 110 decibel one was just an emergency back-up in the event that I slept through the shaking and regular alarm.



I'm...not sure why I slept so heavily this time...

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it's hard to comprehend, i use the alarm on my watch. i'm a pretty light sleeper. but at the same time i do understand how you can trick your brain into sleeping through or waking up for different sounds. my husband gets up before 6am and the alarm he uses is the tv. he sets it to a local bulletin channel that just plays radio in the background, the sound of the tv actually turning on is usually enough to wake him up, if it doesn't the crappy music does lol. i sleep through it now, i'm used to it. i just know that when that sound goes off i don't have to get up yet so i don't wake up. it's a little startling when he wakes me up to say bye and he's already fully dressed and i never noticed his alarm or him getting up and moving around. same thing for hubby, if he gets a chance to sleep in and my watch alarm goes off he sleeps through it.

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Update:



I went to the doctor on Tuesday, and I have perforated my eardrum.



I meant to bring the alarm clock with me, since I was afraid I wouldn't be believed, but I left it at home...



Sure enough, he kept asking me what caused it, and I'd tell him about the alarm clock...again...



He actually thinks I blew it out either doing something stupid that I'm not admitting to, or that I was in an accident with a jet engine at work and was bullied into covering it up.



I love the fact that he's aware that people will hide the truth for those reasons...but seriously, IT WAS MY ALARM CLOCK!!!!



Anyways, there's no sign of infection...but I'm sitting here's with cotton over my ear canal...held in place by a band-aid... Charming.

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Hope it heals soon!!

- never thought you could perforate it with an alarm clock. Guess it makes sense if REALLY loud sound is just REALLY intense pressure. But still, that's very impressive. Glad you got it sorted out.
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Thanks!



But, it may be wrong calling it an alarm clock...

...it may be better described as a small siren, that's louder than most industrial fire alarms, and even louder than our jet engines.

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There's also the possibility of an ear infection? I've had times when I played loud music in my ears and wondered if there was damage because my ear felt weird and painful, but they happened to be unrelated. *Shrug* In any case, it never hurts to get stuff like this checked out ASAP because, at least in the case of infections, you leave it be for a while and it'll really start to hurt.



Good luck!!
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You seriously need to have a sleep study done! It's extremely abnormal, AND dangerous to be unable to awaken to "normal" range sounds (depending on your hearing ability of course) or disturbances (like dogs jumping on you).



It means your heart rate, respiration AND brain-wave patterns (and possibly blood-oxygen level) have slowed WAY down - to a VERY low and critical level!!



Ask your Dr. to get you signed up for a sleep study RIGHT AWAY, seriously, RIGHT away... and if he doesn't recommend one, find a Doctor who WILL!



Seriously, not to freak you out, and maybe you've already had studies done and aren't worried - but this kind of thing has been fatal for people before because they slept so deeply they either A.) Didn't hear a fire, smoke or other alarm or B.) Their heart or lungs slowed down so deeply that they ceased working at all.
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The big question is..... did you make it to work on time?
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The big question is..... did you make it to work on time?



Um...no...







I woke up my own when my shift was almost over...

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say "Dave time to get up" and he would wake up right away, without even having to raise my voice or shake him or anything, but 3 or 4 alarms going off at the same time on max volume and he wouldn't budge.



So... I suppose with his wife being there this isn't an issue anymore, but couldn't he have just gotten an alarm clock that says "Dave; time to wake up" over and over again?
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Um...no...







I woke up my own when my shift was almost over...



Poo. Did you get in trouble?
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I'm deaf in my left ear, been for 8 years now. It's there for show I sleep on my right ear too, so the room is completely silent. I've done this so long I can't even sleep if I'm not lying on my side. Yet, I still hear the alarm, it's subtle but I do hear it and never have problems waking up. I suspect your problem is not with hearing so much, but rather sleep, like TnSprouts mentioned. You might have a sleep disorder, which you should get checked. That, or you're going to bed way, way too late and simply not getting enough sleep.



Goodluck on the eardrum, it should heal ok. You'll probably still experience ringing, which is tinnitus if you want to look it up, but not that big a deal, just annoying. I get that on occasion, I got it a lot in my deaf ear when it first went, but haven't suffered from it in a while, only after concerts really.
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