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Old January 7, 2014, 10:04 PM   #15
Nick_C_S
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Tinnitus

My ears ring constantly (tinnitus). It's not always caused by loud noises (I doubt it was with mine), but if you have tinnitus (regardless of cause), loud noises most certainly aggravate it.

I haven't done a lot of shooting without hearing protection, but probably more than I should have. Any is more than one should, I suppose.

At any rate, when I shoot, I've been "doubling up" (foam plugs and overheads) for quite a few years now. And even at that, the concussion causes my tinnitus to aggravate, leaving my ears are more "ringish" for the remainder of the day.

But the short answer to your question is: Yes, in all likelyhood, you have experienced at least some permanent hearing loss. Protect your hearing. Can't stress it strongly enough.
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