Hey guys, here's my story.
I'm a saxophone player, and have been for the last 9 years. Last On Sunday evening (19/3) I attended a band rehearsal that was in a much smaller room than I was used to with a band that played much louder music than I'm used to. The rehearsal went on for 4 hours, and due to the confinements of the room the sound produced by the band was extremely loud and concentrated. I had no earplugs with me, as I've never needed them before and never experienced any problem without them, and went home. It was only when I got into my house that I found both my ears ringing very loudly, with my right ear particularly muffled and ringing louder than the other.
I plugged my right ear that night with cotton wool and olive oil at the advice of my dad, because it was louder. When I woke up, I found it to be clear of the noise but lacking in volume, but my left ear was still buzzing. Based on how successful the wool/oil treatment seemed to be on my right ear, I tried it for the next day in the left, but it didn't do anything. It's now 8 days removed from the rehearsal and the buzzing hasn't stopped.
I went to the doctor on Thursday last week who examined my ears and said they were blocked up, and she gave me a steroid called fluticasone furoate to be taken nasally. When I asked her if it might be tinnitus she said to come back in a month if the spray hasn't done anything.
As much as I'd like to trust my gp, I've been taking the spray for a few days without any effect. After doing a bit of google I went out and bought NAC (N-Acetyl Cisteine) tablets which are supposed to help with cell protection? I don't really know but I figured anything that helps is a plus.
As a student in Uni who studies music and relies quite heavily on music as a means of getting on, I am very worried. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't very down over the last few days plagued with the thoughts that I might have done some permanent damage to my hearing. I'm not looking for anyone to give me a definite answer, but what can I expect? Might this go away?