The Annoyed Man wrote:I shot a hole in the ceiling of my bedroom about 12 years ago with a .44 magnum. It went off right next to my left ear. Easily one of the dumbest things I've ever done. It was a negligent discharge. I had dumped out the rounds from the cylinder into my hand, said to myself "yeah, that looks like six," placed them on the bed, and started dry firing it with the muzzle pointed at the ceiling. Along about the the 3rd or 4th time, all sound ceased to exist for a while.
Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but it did scare the bejabbers out of both me, and my son - who was was 6 years old at the time, and who was taking a bath on the other side of the wall at the time. I will say this though: it was a near religious experience, and I have been downright paranoid about safety ever since. I may go on to do other spectacularly stupid things in my life, but negligently discharging a firearm isn't going to be one of them. I learned my lesson but good.
Oh, and it took about 2 weeks to get about 90% of the hearing back in my left ear.