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Old 02-23-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
Robert Laken
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Ear damage from iron plates

About a week ago I casually tossed a iron plate on top of another plate and the resulting clang of the iron produced a buzzing in my ear. I still have a bit of a "tinny" sound in my ear, although it seems to be gradually subsiding. Can anyone explain what has happened? Could I have suffered a slight but permanent hearing loss? Needless to say I'll be careful in tossing the plates around from this point forward. I guess this is another good reason to use bumpers.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:35 PM   #2
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Re: Ear damage from iron plates

Uh, if that's causing some hearing loss or neurological symptoms (constant buzzing...) you might wanna see a doc about that...
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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Re: Ear damage from iron plates

repeated loud noise definitely causes hearing loss. I started lifting in 1970, before bumper plates were generally available, have heard a lot of dropped weights. I know it has had a negative effect on my hearing
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:34 AM   #4
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Re: Ear damage from iron plates


If a sound like this (beeping or buzzing caused by sudden loud sound) persists for more than half a day, go to the doctor. Otherwise, you risk a permanent decrease of hearing ability, and possibly, persistence of the sound forever (tinnitus). You should be given some treatment to increase blood flow to your inner ear (often infusion, sometimes tablets).

Since you have that sound for more than one week, go to the doc!

And of course, if you know that there will be loud sounds like that, it would be clever to protect your ears by wearing these inexpensive ear plugs they sell in the hardware store. That should be a cheap and fast solution to problems like this.

Good luck, and fast recovery,

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:25 PM   #5
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Re: Ear damage from iron plates

I had the same thing happen. I was in a corner of the gym where the plates clanging together echoed just loud enough to blast my ear good.

I dealt with tinnitus for almost 2 weeks but it thankfully went away. During those 2 weeks I'd often get relatively loud noises which made that sharp pain come back and it sucked.

You probably have a couple of weeks of tinnitus (ringing).
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