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.


If I've been going to loud concerts since the ’60s and considering my advanced age it's no wonder I can't tell the difference between live or Memorex

Two days ago, I had a flash-bang grenade detonate within close proximity of my head during a training session. I was not wearing ear protection. 1 ear drum ruptured and I’m experiencing VERY loud “test tone” tinnitus on both sides. I can barely engage in conversation and my own voice sounds like I’m speaking into an empty bucket. Brutal. I decided to power down my rig since I won’t be doing any listening anytime soon. as I was turning off the components, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’ll ever turn it on again…this should be an interesting adventure.


That's a great attitude.

Nothing to do with tinnitus but I've had to make similar mental adjustments myself.

No one ever tells you.

Best of luck with your recovery.

Ruptured eardrums are fairly common in boxing and people recover but no one talks about the extent of that recovery.


Thanks man! I went to war with cancer in 2020 and learned that keeping a positive mindset wins half the battle. Good luck to everyone dealing with tinnitus, it can be rough.

My loudest concert would have been long ago. Led Zeppelin at the LongBeach arena sitting 12 rows from the stage. My ears rang for 4 days after. the shows at the LA Forum where longer. But did not seem as loud.