The first ride we decided to get on was the Great American Scream Machine. It seemed like a nice rooler coaster to get our day started. After standing in line for around 20-30 minutes we finally got on the ride. I decided to sit in the front car, as I am used to doing so for most roller coasters (as long as the line is not too long).
But within the first 5-7 seconds of the ride , I knew that this was not normal. My head was being banged all over the place and my left ear smashed into the shoulder rest a few times. It felt like someone just smacked me a few times in my ear. As I stepped out of the ride, I was extremely woozy and had pain in my ear. It felt like I just got off a plane ride. Initially I thought this is probably normal since I hadn't been on a roller coaster for a few months and that my ears will open up as the day progresses. To my astonishment, a few of my friends who were sitting behind me came out of the ride with a sprained neck and a banged up head as well.
I continued my day thinking that it was just the air pressure that had led my ear to get clogged up. The remaining roller coasters were fine and I had fun for the rest of the day.
Returning home that I night, with my ear still throbbing and being only able to hear muffled noises when people would talk to me or I would speak, I thought I'll be fine by the time I wake up the next morning. But, since the situation didn't improve the next day, I decided to see a doctor at our university's student health office.
To my absolute horror, they diagnosed me with a ruptured ear drum. So, because of the head banging during the ride, a perforation has developed in my ear drum (which is basically a membrane), as a result of which I have severe hearing impairment, incessant headaches, physical balance issues and overall discomfort.
I feel this would not have happened if Six Flags paid more attention to the safety and comfort of their rides. I hope my ear recovers and that I have not sustained more critical brain damage. Unfortunately, losing half my hearing at 22 isn't my definition of fun.
Also guessing you based your name around your first post. If you are serious about being a coaster enthusiast, Id suggest at least checking out some reviews and know what to expect before going on a ride. Sucks you had a bad ride, but then again, alot of people have, on Arrows/vekomas at any park and at Six Flags parks, so its not really anything new to know some people have a painful ride full of headbanging on an Arrow mega looper. *** Edited 5/12/2006 11:47:07 PM UTC by P18***
My question is how in the world did you whack your head that hard to actually rupture your ear drum? Considering all the crazy stuff we do (deep sea diving, high altitude flying) when every once in a while the pressure is depleted and those people dont rupture your ear drum I cant believe an Arrow Headbanger did that. Did something from the headrest penetrate your ear?
Best of luck in your recovery, you shouldnt have recieved any brain dammage (all of your symptoms can be explained by the ear drum rupture) it certainly is not a minor injury. I usually am against sueing the parks for physical injury you most certainly have a case, loosing two senses is most defenatly something one shouldnt expect from riding a roller coaster, good luck.
The poor track design is what warrants the poor train design but I never heard of someone rupturing an eardrum on a coaster before....if that were the case I should be deaf & brain damaged by now after riding mind eraser at SFA as many times as I have over the years.
And always they are dismissed as false.
If on the off chance this is true, Im sorry about your injuries.
Think about the millions of people that have been on this ride, and this is the first example of this in how many years? I doubt this.
Anyways, like most of the members of this forum, I thoroughly enjoy going on roller coasters and I hope I recover from this accident (and don't have to use hearing aids) so that I can go back to having fun!
My only hope is that someone from Six Flags notices the posting and does something about the ride to prevent future incidents.
Thank you all for the kind wishes! =)
I liked it.
It wasn't nearly as rough as Shockwave at SFGAm was and it was actually a lot of fun. Yeah, it's not as good as Viper out at SFMM, but still, it's a lot of fun!
A few of your friends "came out of the ride with a sprained neck and a banged up head as well."
University of Pennsylvania eh? Literature major perhaps? (based solely on the seeming literary liscense taken with the descriptions.)
Perhaps Pre Law? Ear damage, banged up head, sprained neck... I see a future as an "ambulance chasing" attorney.
Just please tell me you are not an English major or an education major... "having never been to six flags, I and my friends were very excited" (Capitalization of Six Flags missing... "My friends and I", not "I and my friends") I won't even go into "rooler coaster"
What a disgrace though, Steel Phantom would never have done such a thing but now its gone and this POS still lives. What a shame that such a ride gets to exist but the Steel Phantom had to pay the piper for much lesser effects on riders. Wow.
Anyway, hope you heal up.
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