At What Noise Exposure Levels (dB) Do You Start Wearing Earplugs?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Foamearplugssuck, Aug 31, 2019.

    1. Foamearplugssuck
      Depressed

      Foamearplugssuck Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/26/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Doing concert photography
      Hey guys, I was just wondering at what DB level are ear plugs deemed necessary? I tend to put them in when I'm exposed to sounds above 70 dB [which is pretty much whenever I go outside since I live in a city]. That being said, I want to make sure I'm not over protecting my ears.
       
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    2. Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      Me too. 70+ makes me worry about more hearing loss or increased tinnitus so I plug up. I am using 20NRR musician's plugs (6.5 dB reduction) as a start. Then as things progress I will go up to 26NRR and then 32NRR foam plugs. I will wear 3M Peltor X5A muffs. (31NRR).
       
    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If you overprotect your ears, you might get some hyperacusis that will go away soon after you begin to expose yourself to noise. If you underprotect, you might get louder tinnitus that will last a lifetime. Your choice.

      To answer your question, you don't want a random rule of thumb. You want to use trial and error to find out what noises cause tinnitus to spike for you, and then you will want to avoid all of the similar noises.
       
    4. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I start protection at about 80 dB or so.
       
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    5. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Definitely anything 80 dB or above.
       
    6. Contrast
      No Mood

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Clown World
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise injury
      80db
       
    7. leledany

      leledany Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-11-02
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      It depends on the frequencies, if the noise has very high frequencies or it has disturbing frequencies, I wear earplugs also for 50/60 dB noise.
       
    8. Juan

      Juan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      If you have hyperacusis it is very likely you need earplugs around 55 - 60 dbs or more. For T maybe 75 - 80 dbs.
       

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