The silence became ear-splitting.
He blew into the bagpipes and made an ear-splitting tuneless racket.
16-18) the speaker, in the midst of an ear-splitting tumult, declared that the new regulations had been adopted by the house, and produced a royal message suspending the session.
A flash of lightning followed by an ear-splitting clap of thunder caused a squeak of protest from Cynthia Dean.
Furthermore some of the ear splitting high notes are almost impossible to tune exactly.