Clarinet Playing! :) Is It a Safe Noise Level? Can It Make Tinnitus Worse?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Gerbit, Jul 13, 2020.

    1. Gerbit

      Gerbit Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Hey everyone! I’m thinking of pulling out my clarinet and playing it again after a few months since I graduated from college. I’ll wear earplugs and/or earmuffs depending on how loud I play. Does this seem like a safe noise level to you all?
       
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      Gerbit

      Gerbit Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Any opinions?
       
    3. Luman
      Spaced

      Luman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      The sound level of clarinet is 86-114 decibels. With earplugs, I'm sure it's fine.
       
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    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Everything depends on whether you feel bad afterwards. If you get a spike, or if the sound feels too loud, then it would make sense to comply with the signals given to you by your body and to stop playing the clarinet. You might want to only play it for a couple of minutes the first few times, and then (assuming you are ok afterwards) gradually increase the time.
       
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      Gerbit

      Gerbit Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear Infection
      Thanks! I played it for about 10 min yesterday quietly with earplugs, and it was just fine. Honestly it’s the same level as talking or singing with earplugs in. It’s mostly bone conduction when you have them in, and I was playing clarinet earlier this year when I had ear troubles and was doing just fine. I think I just was a little overanxious about pulling it out again after a few months.
       

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