LOUDEST Concert and Tinnitus

This is a two part question.

1. What is the loudest concert (or event) that you have attended?

2. How long have you had tinnitus, is it getting better or worse and how are you dealing with it?

Personally, the loudest concert was UB40 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Loudest event was drag racing at SIR (Seattle International Raceway) which was like sticking your head in a jet engine.

Regarding tinnitus. Over the past year or so I have noticed a constant high pitched "sound" in my ears. Mostly the left ear. At this point I don't actually know if it is constant or whether I just forget about it sometimes. I know use a white noise box when I go to sleep. Otherwise I tend to fixate on the ringing.


Black Sabbath 1972 maybe or some local Blues Clubs that are way too loud. Always carry earplugs to any kind of show. Start young.

I have had Tinnitus for 8 Years. It only gets worse and never goes away. It is pretty loud but somehow the brain tunes it out most of the time. It doesn't seen to interfere with listening unless I think about it, 

As noted, it is hard to say since we didn’t have SPL meters with us, but I’d say The Replacements at a small warehouse bar show. They had brought in some speaker stacks and enough power for a large arena and played LOUD. I ended up going outside to be able to better hear the band. LOL.

A few years ago, I went to an Umphrey’s McGee show in Greensboro at a very poorly thought-out venue. It was atrociously loud and echoey. I had some not so good ear protection ear plugs that didn’t do much of anything. Not long after that I developed 8000Hz tinnitus.

The tinnitus is always there. Sometimes it is louder, other times softer, but it never goes away. I simply resign myself to try to ignore it since there are no legitimate treatments at this time - none. Don’t fall for any snake oil crap on YouTube either.

As an aside, I hate that some medical professionals advertise or even call themselves things like, "Carolina Hearing and Tinnitus" when they can't offer any real treatments for it.  Seems like false advertising and just a hook to get you to come in so they can sell you hearing aids that you might not need. 

In fact, it isn’t even well understood by medical science yet. They aren’t even sure how it is related to hearing or even if it is, or if it is some underlying brain/nervous system interaction perhaps set off by loud sounds. One theory is that the brain has been switched or forced to hearing the sounds of your own nervous system’s "sampling rate", hence the often 8000Hz that people hear. That’s just a guess.

I’d hope more money might be spent on figuring out its causes, its nature, and developing a treatment. With 15% to 20% of people affected by it, you’d think there’d be some financial payoff in finding a cure.

For most shows now I go to a small venue in Winston-Salem called The Ramkat and they are smart about it. They turn the music up enough to make it impactful but not stupid loud.


With 15% to 20% of people affected by it, you’d think there’d be some financial payoff in finding a cure.


I would never have guessed that the percentage was as high as that, but after reading the posts above I can now believe it.

Unfortunately, tinnitus still appears to be yet another area where the science is still in its infancy awaiting a major breakthrough.

I worked for 33 years at Delta Airlines on the ramp , also went to 96 Grateful Dead concerts. But the loudest has to of been hawkwind my ears hurt for 2 weeks . But I did not develop tinnitus in my left ear till after I retired from Delta . I have had tinnitus for the last 17 years but still enjoy my stereo . I am 70 now and very grateful I still enjoy music but not many live shows anymore. When working at Delta I also had season tickets for the Chicago symphony for 6 years what a wonderful experience that was . I probably saw another 100 concerts in addition to the above.



Serious commiserations.
However…if I ignore upir obvious loss, I find this interesting. 

What is the mechanism that caused the loss?
I am assuming it was a structural thing in the inner ear?

And thank you sir… I think I’ll now keep a set of ear plugs near the bicycle pump.