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Help! Hearing loss after shooting one round with earplugs?

Hi, I was at a skeet shooting range six days ago, and I was wearing inadequate 17 decibel custom earplugs. I was standing about 5 meters away from someone shooting a shotgun. I only heard one shot, then left. I know 17 dB reduction is not enough, but does standing 5 meters away reduce some sound? After I left, I heard no ringing or anything, but my own voice sounded weird, like during a cold? My hearing was noticeably less sensitive, however, and I'm really worried that it screwed them up permanently. It's been six days, and there has been little improvement in my hearing. When it's quiet, I hear a very faint ringing in my right ear that sometimes dissapeares, as well as some faint white noise. I went to an ENT today and he prescribed me Merilson Eisai. Will it help? Should I take it? It's more for vertigo, but apparently it can improve blood circulation to the inner ear. Any help is strongly appreciated.
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One more thing, yesterday my ears rang briefly. My left ear rang for 5 seconds, then the sound dissapeared. Same thing happened to my right ear later, and it happened one more time. What does this brief ringing mean?
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The ringing in your ears could be tinnitus - where you can hear noises or sound not coming from an outside source. It can be constant or occasional and can come in the form of hisses, buzzing or ringing. One of the causes of tinnitus is indeed exposure to loud noises. It can get quite annoying or irritating for some so it is worth consulting an audiologist about.
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Thanks for replying, I know what tinnitus is, but I barely have any ringing anymore. Problem is, Everything still sounds quieter than usual and some words are muffled. I'm in China right now and the ent I saw prescribed something called Merislon and I very skeptical if I should even take it. Should I take steroids? What can I do?
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For about 4days now I have noticed that my left ear seems to distort sound at higher volumes. It sounds like and old worn out speaker as there is a fussiness on the end of words that I hear people speak can anybody else identify with this problem?
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