I’d like to preface this by saying that I know that none of you (as far as I know) are doctors, and I’m not trying to solicit medical advice or anything.
I got my Pendant SE in the week, and was marvelling and the low noise floor by turning the volume all the way to the max in the High-Z port with the HD800S connected. I then, of course, forgot that I had done that, and hit play on a track, subjecting myself to a second or two of deafeningly loud and incredibly distorted sound. The headphones, thankfully, seem to be totally fine. My ear is not.
I didn’t initially feel any pain or anything like that - it was just very loud and distressing. However, in the days that have followed, I’ve noticed a sort of hot feeling in my ear when hearing certain sounds (the sound of me typing on a mechanical keyboard is doing it now). I’ve also noticed a slight reduction in hearing from that ear (the centre image has moved across when I listen to headphones) and the soundstage seems small and close on the that side of my head. I don’t think I’ve perforated my eardrum, but something isn’t quite right in there, and listening to music sets it off, so I’m taking a break from music for a few days to see what happens.
Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? Also, maybe some people have some good stories about injuring themselves in the pursuit of audio excellence.