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Dr Nagler, Im so afraid of the answer, but here goes. Im 82, and this past May is when I got tinnitus.It just came on {old age} Im assuming. Anyway, mY Tinnitus is pretty loud, and in just the left ear, But it would come on and sort of settle down after I been up awhile, and I would have maybe 2 days in a week time when I would have a quiet day. So, when answering the phone last week, the person on the other end, screamed into the phone with an hello, that was so loud, that my ear hurt for a short time, and it been almost a week now, and my ringing is constant. So, my Q. is it possible that one incident has done permanent damage? I had MRI prior to this for a brain scan that was negative. thanks  hope  I get good news,
Dr. Nagler

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Hello tmmyan -

Auditory damage is related to the intensity of the noise insult as well as its duration. It is highly unlikely that what you describe could have caused auditory damage. I have learned over time never to say never, but this "highly unlikely" is pretty darned close!

All the best -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC


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