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Overprotection is a mistake. My ENT told me that.
Yeah after having had my plugs in for more than a year now, every thing is so loud. I believe this can be fixed with sound-exposure over time. But right now I think it’s best we heal whatever celluar / nerve-related physical damage there is. And we do that in silence
Or that’s what I believe anyways ;D
@Stacken77 that is exactly what happened to me. I wore ear protection for 6/7 months 24/7. I had to easy myself back into normal sound.
Thank you, @Steph1710. Yes, I've pretty much been in single and double protection for 5 months. I believe this is making my tinnitus very volatile too, it's so bad. I have to try letting in normal sounds, but it's insanely scary.
@Vassili When I visited my GP all the way back in February, she told me that what I was doing was very unhealthy. I shrugged her off thinking I knew better. I was dead wrong, and I believe I've done myself my life's biggest disservice.
Contrary to popular belief; silence has not made my ears stronger, it has made them more vulnerable and destroyed my previously very mild tinnitus.
I still believe that we should rest our ears greatly after an acoustic trauma, but I don't think silence is the solution for everyone in every case.
@Stacken77 what really helped my habituation was stopping wearing earplugs all the time.
Thank you for the warning. I hope your threshold will get back to "normal" soon.
@Stacken77 Begin to gradually let go of protection.
But some have plugs in their pockets for cases where the noise is excessive.
I'm really sorry to read about your recent struggle @Stacken77 and I hope you'll get better soon. There's always a chance that it can spike and then lower to its previous level. Although my cause was different, I too had something like that a month ago with my H and it got better. Fingers crossed it will go the same way for you
Thank you @Christiaan, your messages are always encouraging. I maintain a careful optimism that this will settle to a better place, some day, but it's undoubtedly a rough ride.
Thank you @PortugalTheMan. Yes, I will most likely utilize hearing protection in day to day business for the rest of my life, but let me tell you; to the extent I've been doing now has not been healthy for me at least.