Are In-Ear Maskers Safe Long-Term? Can They Cause Hearing Damage?

Discussion in 'Dr. Stephen Nagler (MD)' started by Mentos, Nov 21, 2019.

    1. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cracow, Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, loud rock concert
      I have had mild tinnitus for 4.5 years already. For 4 years I've been using in-ear maskers with white/pink noise, they calm me down and the masking sound is easier to cope with than my cricket tinnitus.

      Are maskers safe to be used long term? Can they cause further hearing damage? My hearing has not changed during the course of these 4 years.
       
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1994
      Hello @Mentos -

      Thank you for your question.

      Properly fitted maskers are completely safe. The sound they emit is nowhere near loud enough to cause auditory damage.

      Hope this helps.

      Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
       
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