Average Street Decibel, Is It Safe to Walk for a Long Time?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Keiv, Aug 25, 2015.

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    1. Keiv

      Keiv Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/2015
      Hi how long can we walk in your average street 75-80ish db? and be safe?
       
    2. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
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    3. Jamie
      Scared

      Jamie Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Dunedin, New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/1989
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1989 Ear Infection 2015 Coming off Benzo
      If I walk down a busy street for longer than a couple of minutes I pay the price of a T spike for the next couple of days.
       
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    4. Mark Beehre
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      Mark Beehre Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Wellington, New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2008 // 11/2014
      I used ear plugs for awhile when walking, driving or going into shops, but it only served to make my ears more sensitive and my tinnitus more reactive. I made changes to my life where I wasn't going to be exposed to environment that would be uncomfortable to my ears. Over time I have put myself out more and more and can now tolerate environments where previously I couldn't. It's been 3-4 months since I changed my environment and touch wood I am starting to find my tolerance is getting better.
       
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    5. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

      Location:
      New zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Walking outdoors anywhere is the only thing that reduces or even stops my symptoms - busy street or quiet beach. I'm very sorry for those who find street noise spikes their T.
      What makes mine worse - fleurescent lights! Bizarre. But my T is never without the accompanying oscillopsia so somehow the eyes are involved.
       
    6. Jamie
      Scared

      Jamie Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Dunedin, New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/1989
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      1989 Ear Infection 2015 Coming off Benzo
      I have done the same, I was in a noisy job so wore earmuffs most of the day, I think this has made my T more reactive over the years, driving on the open road is a similar problem as in old NZ with our cheap rough chip roads, I've taken out countless vehicles and the quietest are late model 4x4 utes (Ford and VW) but still around 70db. I wear noise cancelling headphones when I drive on the open road, these are great for taking out the road roar but you can still have a converstaion, $500 though.
       
    7. Mark Beehre
      Facebooking

      Mark Beehre Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Wellington, New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2008 // 11/2014
      You are right about the roads man. :(

      I brought some of those $500 NC headphones...Bose Quitecomfort....they are nice.....but they made my ears more sensitive. I have been able to drive more often without incident since taking them off.
       
    8. The_T
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      The_T Member

      Hard to say, but most average cities and smaller to medium sized roads have never been a problem for me to be around for as long as I need. But in some cities that I have visited I have been using ear plugs due to loud trams, trains, and such going straight through town.

      Sometimes I use ear plugs while driving, but I have not noticed any worsening of my T when I have been driving without. But it calms my nerves a little.
       
    9. The_T
      Question it

      The_T Member

      This is exactly how it works, and the first step may be hard to take, but it is sometimes necessary and almost always for the best. Just remember that you have tinnitus even though it is not as much as a problem anymore, so you don't go out partying, or whatever loud activities are out there nowadays, with your friends without using ear plugs.
       
    10. Mark Beehre
      Facebooking

      Mark Beehre Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Wellington, New Zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2008 // 11/2014
      Today I drove into town, walked along the harbour, through busy traffic, went to my fiancees place and watched some TV, then to a noisy cafe, then to a BBQ before driving home. I am now at home and my ears are hissing, but no more than usual. The normal loud escalation that I got that completely ruined me has not happened in 55 days. I was able to have a noisy weekend both previous two weekends as well. I am not completely out of the woods and I am still being careful. That been said I took the earplugs out three weeks ago and haven't looked back!

      I think ear plugs have there place. I think in the initial stages of trauma you need them. I once read that a damaged ear is like a sprain. Each time you re-injure it you increase the length of time it takes to heal, unless you over do it and completely stuff it. That's why it's important you protect your hearing in the early stages of trauma and rest them as much as possible. This could take months, it took me 8 to get where I am now. But ear plugs had there place. Gradually I started taking them out and exposing myself to louder environments. Initially there were some set backs, I took things too quickly and faced the consequence. The point is time!

      I am going to keep to my quiet routine until December all things going well but stretch myself more and more each week. Eventually I hope to be able to move out of the flat I stay in and go back to my house which is 30 minutes drive away and do the daily commute to work. Something that I had to stop because I kept upsetting my ears with the journey.
       
    11. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Yeah. I've done pretty much what you've done Mark, what with new environment and all that (Atherton Tablelands in Queensland), and life is better than it was in Cairns, but the local roads used a lot of volcanic rock and in some places, on some days, the noise is extraordinary. I have an Imprezza, and I don't think sound deadening was a priority.
       

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