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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