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My ears and sometimes my head start to hurt after being exposed to moderate volume music for even a short period of time. Music specifically seems to give me special aggravation.

I have suffered with a ringing in my ears for several years now. I exposed myself to a lot of loud music in my youth and now make special efforts to avoid exposure to loud noises. I can handle the tinnitus but even listening to music on the radio for 30 minutes at a level loud enough to easily talk over is driving me nuts. I have read plenty of symptoms and treatments for tinnitus but nothing to relieve the agony of trying to listen to pretty much any music. Please help.


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replied January 12th, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A5323
Current medical status: ears feel pain, sometimes with minor but chronic headache, after listening to music for more than a few minutes
Current medical treatment: none


Your ears might have suffered acoustic trauma. It did not lead to complete hearing loss, but it made the reception of the auditive stimuli inadequate, thus causing tinnitus. You need to talk to a ear, nose and throat specialist in order to perform several auditory tests and determine the level of damage and if it can be repaired by cochlear implants.


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