So I have been questioning this a few years now. I started making housemusic since I was like 17. Around my 21th I got an earinfection on my right ear after which I clearly noticed a loss in higher frequencies. After a small test at the ENT a mild loss was confirmed in the high frequencies around 6-8k (asuming after the 8k a large part was lost too, but can still hear up to like 15k). So ok, after this I was warned and was a sign I had to watch out more with the volume of my headphones. However, after another earinfection on my left ear about 2.5 years ago (which was my 'good' ear) I created a small tinnitus and also notable loss of frequencies in the high in a period of about a few days time. 2 weeks later the ENT told me I suffered from a middle earinfection. I was devastated, because making music means quite a lot to me. Luckily Im still able to hear good enough that my music doenst suffer because of it, but it has got me really worried because these 2 events happened in a span of a few days and both got my hearing notable worse, although not that worse that its the end of the world. I now do a yearly hearingtest at the ENT.
The ENT told me however that the hearing loss I suffered (mild, dropoff starting at 6-8k) was a clear sign of noise induced hearing loss. Which I find strange because the way I experienced it was that my hearing clearly dropped in the high frequencies after both the earinfections. My question is, how are these 2 events related? I am 100% sure that both my ears got noticable worse after these earinfections, but it was just strange to me that my ENT told me it was noise-related.
Also, I have to admit I am just sooo worried that an event like this will happen again. It feels like im at a limit in my hearing that if it gets any worse, it will make my music suffer, and I am in my last year of university studying....right, music. So my last question is: should I be worried? and what can I do to prevent earinfections from f*cking up my ears in the future? Next to that Im doing as much as I can to prevent noise induced hearing loss, like dont make music at too loud levels, take a break often, wearing made earplugs to events etc.