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aleem81

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Hi Dr Nagler,

I was at a 3 day long music festival last weekend, and I've had tinnitus since. It's been only 6 days but I'm scared. I've been to one festival before, and one concert in my life, been to clubs maybe 4-5 times. I'm 24 yrs old. 

My question is that my ENT prescribed me steroids(prednisolone). Do they help? Even though my tinnitus is not allergy related. My dr also gave me nasal spray, I'm not sure why, as I don't have allergies. 

Another question is: what are the statistics? Does it go away for most people? How common is permanent tinnitus?

Also, how long should I give my self to heal before going to a concert again (with hearing plugs of course)? Should I avoid clubs, and movies, and concerts for 3 month or so? Reason I ask is there is a 2 day music festival coming up in Atlanta in June 1. 

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I was at a 3 day long music festival last weekend, and I've had tinnitus since. It's been only 6 days but I'm scared. I've been to one festival before, and one concert in my life, been to clubs maybe 4-5 times. I'm 24 yrs old.

I fully appreciate your fear and concern. But please understand that most of the posts that you encounter on various Internet tinnitus boards, posts that in large part fuel the very fear and concern that brings you here to this board, have been written by the small minority of folks with tinnitus who have not done particularly well - or they wouldn't be on those boards talking about their tinnitus in the first place. Most folks in your shoes do just fine - and for many their tinnitus just seems to fade away over time.

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My question is that my ENT prescribed me steroids(prednisolone). Do they help?

Well, there really are no good controlled studies either way, but I think a trial of steroids is reasonable for folks with noise-induced tinnitus of very recent onset.

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Even though my tinnitus is not allergy related. My dr also gave me nasal spray, I'm not sure why, as I don't have allergies.

Some ENTs routinely recommend a nasal stray in such cases. Not sure why myself, but there is close to zero downside.


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Another question is: what are the statistics? Does it go away for most people? How common is permanent tinnitus?

There really are no good statistics because - and this infuriates me - in all this time the scientific community has yet to agree on exactly what tinnitus is! (Yea, yea. I know. Don't get me started.) Anyway, here are some thoughts on what you ought to know at this point in time: Tinnitus 101 for Newbies

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Also, how long should I give my self to heal before going to a concert again (with hearing plugs of course)? Should I avoid clubs, and movies, and concerts for 3 month or so? Reason I ask is there is a 2 day music festival coming up in Atlanta in June 1. 

In my opinion, you can go to a concert any time you want with properly fitting earplugs. And bring some extras for those folks around you!

All the best -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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