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Posted: 3/14/2006 12:27:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 12:28:05 PM EDT by Cincinnatus]
Go figure.
7 months in Fallujah...
Boom! Boom!
Boom! Boom!
Boom! Boom!
Boom! Boom!
Just a little ringing, no problem.

So I get home, and a week later I decide to participate in some IED/demo training with some area LE types.
Nothing too big. Nothing even close to the stuff that blew up all around me over there.
But sure enough, one boom did it. Ouch.
Pain, ringing, fluid (no fever or serious infection).
My equilibrium is fucked.
Murphy's Law.



Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:30:20 PM EDT
Cumulative damage.

Sorry to hear that man. Glad you are back, and relatively safe.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:30:44 PM EDT
Oh, dear.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:31:35 PM EDT
While that sucks, I am glad you got back safely.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:35:08 PM EDT
Is is really blown out or is it just torn like in the corner or something?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:39:14 PM EDT
not a big believer in hearing protection huh?

sorry to "hear" of your misfortune. hope everything works out for you.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:40:55 PM EDT
i got to ask...

how do you tell?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:43:09 PM EDT
Will a blown ear drum heal, or will you be deaf in one ear for life?
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:47:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shop_rat45:
Will a blown ear drum heal, or will you be deaf in one ear for life?



Get to the doc to confirm it and then get to the ear surgeon. Wife lost 33% of her ear drum when she dove in a pool and it decided to rupture freakishly, the surgeon took a piece of muscle tissue from her neck, stitched it to her ear drum, and she is at 95% hearing and no pain now.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 12:58:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SHIVAN:
Cumulative damage.

Sorry to hear that man. Glad you are back, and relatively safe.



Is cumulative damage well researched and documented? If so this could be a service related injury.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:02:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:

Originally Posted By SHIVAN:
Cumulative damage.

Sorry to hear that man. Glad you are back, and relatively safe.



Is cumulative damage well researched and documented? If so this could be a service related injury.




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Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:05:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 1:18:46 PM EDT by The_Beer_Slayer]
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:08:47 PM EDT
Ouch, sorry to hear that :-(
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:15:41 PM EDT
damn man! sorry to hear!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:17:52 PM EDT
Mine healed up a little bit - I will always have less hearing ability in that ear.

Best wishes
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:25:33 PM EDT
In addition to your retirement plan, you need to start setting money aside every month for the hearing aid you will have to have someday.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:33:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 1:37:00 PM EDT by Cincinnatus]

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Is is really blown out or is it just torn like in the corner or something?

Torn, I suppose (so says doc).
Can't hear much, but I can hear.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:34:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:

Originally Posted By SHIVAN:
Cumulative damage.

Sorry to hear that man. Glad you are back, and relatively safe.



Is cumulative damage well researched and documented? If so this could be a service related injury.

Well documented, previous loud booms.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:36:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stormwalker:
not a big believer in hearing protection huh?


Not in combat, no.

But this was training, and no one else needed it, and I was far enough away, so I thought.....

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:50:09 PM EDT
lGo see a doctor. They can give you drugs that can stop the collateral damage of the nerves before they get much worse from the explosion.

Do it now......
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:51:57 PM EDT
Did that the day after it happened.
Doing all that can be done.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:52:48 PM EDT
I clicked on this due to its relative nature to subject matter I am familiar with...

Cincinnatus, I am not sure where you are located however, my father is a ENT Specialist in MA. He does alot with lasers and "cochliear implants" (not sure if I spelled it right) Anyways, point being, if you havent seen a dedicated specialist already, you really need to, your internal physician might not be able to fully give you all the options for the issue. IF its a full rupture or partial tear etc. There are a few things which can be done, which are recent and they might not know about. One case, the cochliear implant allows those who had hearing, then went def due to various reason, to regain hearing through a small wire and unit implanted and inserted through the inner ear. Anyways, just hope you get a full work up and are told all the options, hope this helps.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:55:01 PM EDT
I blew out an eardrum a couple years ago in a waterskiing accident. Fixed it via tympanoplasty and got back 90%-95% of my hearing in that ear.

They can do alot with surgery cincinatus.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:55:05 PM EDT
My situation was significantly more ........ um ........ civilian, but I popped a ear drum once and it turned out to be not too huge of a deal.

Healed up ok, but popped again when I did the same thing that popped it in the first place (wiped out water skiing).

I guess it's permanently weaker, but I haven't had a problem since.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:55:31 PM EDT
Just don't get hit by a train.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:55:51 PM EDT
Every time hurts just a little, cumulative damage.

I cant decide if you were unlucky it happened state side or lucky it didnt happen while deployed.

Sucks either way.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:10:09 PM EDT
Sorry to hear that!
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