So last sunday, I went shooting and yes, i forgot to bring hearing protection and i stupidly decided to shoot anyways. I fired maybe 30 something shots of 762x54, and after that my hearing gradually came back in the next hour or so. anyway, after it came back, i noticed that any time i talked, somebody else talked at a normal level, there was a good bit of distortion, parts of words made a buzzy raspy sound, almost like a blown speaker and its only in my right ear. now i still have it, but it has calmed down. the first two days following, it was bad, i could hardly stand listening to other people, talking was to the point where i couldnt stand to do it unless it was a few short sentences, and it seems to be slowly getting better. like every 2 days theres a noticeable difference, day to day its hard to notice much difference. anyway, now its saturday the next week and its still going on, but i can usually talk at a normal level without hearing it much, i get little bits of it when i talk, and when others talk it doesnt happen unless they're louder than normal, and even then its not as severe. i also have a feeling of fullness in the ear, i wouldnt call it pain, but its not comfortable. i went to an EMT 3 days after, he basically said i could have damaged the hair cells in my inner ear, and you never know if it will come back, he put me on 40mg prednisone per day for 5 days and said to check back next week sometime. now, i also talked to two marines on thursday, the one i mostly talked to said he was in the marines for 2 years and hardly ever wore ear protection. even said he lost his hearing completely for 2 days. i described what im experiencing to him and he said hes had the same thing a few times. same with the other guy. according to him its your hair cells in your inner ear laying down flat and they cant pick up sound correctly, and it takes time for them to come back to their normal position, usually around a week. which honestly is the only answer ive heard that makes sense. everything ive read about online about noise induced hearing loss talks about a noticeable decrease in hearing ability overall, or over a certain range, and as far as i can tell my ear hears just as well as my left and i have no trouble hearing any range of sounds. so it really does not sound like a symptom of hearing loss that ive heard of. (though im sure i suffered some) ive read about swelling in the inner ear causing distorted sounds, so im wondering if its not the hair cells lying down, if it might be that. and i still feel the fullness, its definitely getting better, so hopefully the sound goes away with the fullness/swelling. but anyway, just wondering if anyone has any experience with this or advice? i sure learned not shoot without ear pro again, its just not worth it at all. if i had to live with what i was experiencing those first two days for the rest of my life i would have gone insane.