Hearing loss

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by D2h6r89, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. D2h6r89

    D2h6r89 New Member

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    So earlier today my retard friend, who recently purchased too many firearms for his level of experience, accidentally fired off a .40 S&W round within 3 feet on my head. My ears have been ringing like crazy for two hours now and its starting to get irritating. Did I suffer permanent ear damage? When will the ringing stop?

    Does anyone have any sort of experience with this kind of stuff?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Did you suffer permanent damage? Yes. To what extent? Only time will tell. The ringing will subside over the next few days.

    So, you know the "friend" is retarded AND you are near him when he is handling a firearm? Who's retarded?

    I would not associate with this individual ever again. Next time the round may go off INTO your head.
     

  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    You did suffer permanent damage, sadly. I only use hearing protection when I shoot where it's required. Dumb? Yes, but I'm use to that type of loud noise since I've grown up around firearms and spend a lot of time in the country with my cousins doing farming and such. Regarding you "friend" I would suggest you not be near him when he is handling a firearm, and be thankful the bullet didn't hit you.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    WHAT?!?!?! HUH????


    Yes, what they said up there. The ringing will likely die down SOME, depending on how badly your ears have been abused. However, each damaging event becomes cumulative.

    The only thing deafer than a room full of old shooters is a reunion of artillerymen, flightline mechanics and aircraft carrier deck crew.

    See your Doc. If it continues he MAY precribe some Niacin. Stay away from cafeine for a while. Lose the idiot friend. WEAR the muffs when you shoot, run the lawnmower, use the leafblower- and turn that damned radio DOWN!

    Oh- yeah- almost forgot- WHAT????
     
  5. yellowhand

    yellowhand New Member

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    Take one part combat medic
    Take one part idiot from TN
    Add in one PIG AKA M-60 and 6 ft belt
    Have medic fall asleep beside said PIG (after working 72 hrs straight)
    Have idiot from TN see large bird @ 300 meters
    Forty years later, ears are still ringing!
    Idiot from TN is still wearing ready made front teeth.
    I hope!:mad:
     
  6. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Muffs AND plugs. With all the above, and with drills, saws and any power tools or any other thing that makes noise.
     
  7. Rhodesian

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    Yeah, I was in training dismounted with my M240b and somewhere lost my earpro and had to fire all day long with no protection.. Cost me some hearing in the higher frequencies.. I got lucky, it could have been worse.. I made some makeshift ones until I could get new ones. I make it a point to carry multiple forms of earpro now. Protect your hearing, even if all you have are some cigarette butts to stick in..
     
  8. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    I don't know I've fired guns without hearing protection for a few years now, 90% hunting 10% self defense drills (chances are real low you'll have it in when you need to use your ccw if you ever do) I've gotten to the point where I can fire my mosin or my 7mm mag, my ears only ring for about 10-15 seconds then I'm good but mostly one round. As for my
    9mm or my 357 mag usually more then one or two shots so it lasts a little longer.
     
  9. D2h6r89

    D2h6r89 New Member

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    Yeah he almost took my head off, luckily the bullet hit the wall like a foot from where I was standing.
    He was in ROTC so you'd think he know what he's doing.

    He was telling me he walks around carrying his gun cocked in his bag in a holster... I was like "that sounds like a bad idea" and then he was telling me if its not cocked and you need to use it *then he mimicks drawing his gun and cocking it* and then it went off. It was clearly an idiotic move because I'm pretty sure he had just gotten done sticking a clip full of hollow points into the gun.

    It was super loud and I just woke up this morning... my friggin ears are still ringing.

    I am just trying to gauge how serious this damage could be. I haven't been around that many guns that went off, this was the first time I've had this intense ringing other than a few times after loud concerts.

    Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for? Since it's only happened once, I should be okay right?
     
  10. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    There's the big mistake he made. If he was going to demonstrate drawing the gun and cocking it, it shouldn't have been loaded. Also if he was going to demonstrate it he should have been pointing the firearm in a safe direction, and made sure it wasn't loaded. If I demonstrate doing something with a firearm I always take the magazine out and make sure there's not a round in the chamber. Regarding the ringing in your ears, if it doesn't get better withing a few days I would go to the doctor.
     
  11. towboater

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    Ya might swab your ear to see if there is any blood. If there is, ya got a busted ear drum. I doubt that it bursted your drum, but check just to make sure.
     
  12. Rhodesian

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    Are you kidding me.. Since when do cadets know anything.. Trust someone that is or was OCS, but not a cadidiot.. [Insert Facepalm here] I would have likely hit him and took his weapon from him.. But that is me. Hope you will be alright!
     
  13. D2h6r89

    D2h6r89 New Member

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    Yeah you're right. I just figured him having at least done some army stuff and having owned and shot many guns that he'd be a little more wise.

    To be fair, the gun wasn't pointed at me, but definitely waaaay too close for comfort. That gunshot and the first few seconds immediately after were some of the most confusing/disorienting moments I've ever experienced. Comparable to the one time a different friend of mine (a US Marine) blasted me in the face with fire extinguisher stuff while we were messing around.
     
  14. D2h6r89

    D2h6r89 New Member

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    No blood in the ear, but that was a good suggestion, thanks. :)
     
  15. lonyaeger

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    Did you read the other posts where they said any hearing loss you suffered is probably permanent? :confused:
     
  16. D2h6r89

    D2h6r89 New Member

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    Permanent, but minor right?

    It's not like I went through a gunbattle at war with automatic weapons and artillery.
     
  17. IGETEVEN

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    All good advice above ^^^^ :cool:

    Find a new, more safety conscience and responsible friend. Just imagine what could have happened if you two were using some throwing knives. :eek:
     
  18. dunerunner

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    There is no such thing as temporary hearing loss. Although the ringing may stop, it will take less and less noise to start your ears ringing again. After four years in the military shooting without hearing protection, standing watches in the aft diesel room, emergency fire pump and main engine room followed by years working around jet aircraft; I couldn't hear a dump truck rumbling through a nitroglycerin factory!! 70% hearing loss, $10,000 for hearing aids that only correct that to 40%!

    Protect your hearing!
     
  19. Cory2

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    Never assume that because someone has "experience" doing something, be it that they are in the military or police or anything else, that they actually know what the hell they are doing. There are dumbass's in every group, even the military. As someone else said about someone shooting off an lmg next to their face.
     
  20. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    The first round I ever shot out of my gun, I shot without eye and hearing protection. I was so excited/scared/nervous to be shooting my own gun for the first time, I forgot to put my ears on. I worked hard remembering to keep the muzzle pointed down range, to not put my finger on the trigger until ready to shoot, figure out how to clip my target on the pulley (I'm short, it was a tough reach) and how to send my target down range. I load my gun, pick it up, aim it, concentrating on grip, steadying the gun with my hands, looking through the sights....................BLAM! Instantly, I could hear nothing out of my left ear and ringing in my right.

    I froze! Let me tell you a GP100 is a very loud gun. I set the gun down, rethought the whole process if I should even be owning a gun. I was so disappointed in myself for being so 'stupid'. After gathering myself together, I put my eyes and ears on and continued shooting. I guarantee you, I learned a very valuable lesson that day. My hearing returned to normal within a couple hours but I won't be around shooting again without eyes and ears.