Disco with Earplugs a Problem?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Christian82, Mar 20, 2016.

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    1. Christian82

      Christian82 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2014
      Hey guys,

      I am a bit worried about my trip to a party last night.

      I got my musician ear plugs last week and I thought i give them a try.

      I went to the party and mesured the db with my phone its was 106 db.
      My plugs are - 15db so i should come down to 91 db. Afterwards my T spiked and i looked at the db chart and saw that 91 db the max exposure time is 2h but i was there 2.5 hours.

      Now i am worried that i might made a bad choise and it was to much or with T the rule of 2 hours does not applie or it was just the alcohol.

      What do you think about the chances that this caused me permernent damage ?

      Thank you so much for you input!

      Cheers chris
       
    2. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Worrying that the spike is not temporary thing, but a permanent increase makes things worse and delays things getting back to "normal". A spike can occur at much lower noise level and time exposure. It is most likely just a temporary spike. Relax.
       
    3. Ferret

      Ferret Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sonoma County, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Step 1: Take some NAC supplements if you have some, 1200mg taken as soon as possible might help your recovery if anything is damaged. However, at 91 dbs for 2.5 hrs you could be totally fine.. Still, NAC wouldn't hurt. If you don't have NAC, load up on anti-oxidants however you can get them in your diet.

      Step 2: Get yourself a real Sound Pressure Level meter. The iPhone apps for loudness are not very scientific. It's quite possible that it was nowhere near 106 dbs, and in fact that would be close to a heavy metal concert.

      Step 3: Invest in some comfortable Musicians Earplugs with -25db protection. You need to visit a hearing specialist or audiologist to get these. They are custom-molded to your ears and are amazing!

      Good luck, bud!
       
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    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      15 db or even 25 db is really not enough for clubbing - get the Mack's soft foam plugs which go deep into the ear canal and block a real 32db.
      Flesh colored, deep into the canal no one can see anything.
      You will need tweezers to take them out if they are inserted properly but they offer the best noise reduction and comfort.
      In a club/disco everything is noisy, people speak very loud so more protection is required but you can still hear what people say with these plugs on.
       
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    5. Christian82

      Christian82 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2014
      Thank you for your tips and replys :)

      The -15 db are specialy made by an doctor so if i understand is that apps mesure less then the actual db or more ?
      @Ferret By NAC you mean the amino acid suplament ?

      Yeah i will just put in 32db next time for the rest i just need to do my diet again last year when i stuck to it it after 4 week i barely heard my T anymore.

      Cheers chris
       
    6. NGC891
      Wishful

      NGC891 Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998 > 2008 > 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, weigh 69kg / size 1.8m
      Hi,
      -15db isn't enough!
      With my 15th esperiency... I will sat... It's best to avoid loud place if you have already tinnitus...
      You can do a test at home. If when you listen loud music, tinnitus is higher... be carrefull!
      I think the best ear plug when put correctly are these:
      Ear Classic super fit 33db
       
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    7. Ferret

      Ferret Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sonoma County, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      @Christian82 Yes, by NAC I mean N-acetylcysteine, often called a "detox" supplement. I don't know if the iPhone app would be more sensitive or less sensitive, but the microphone on your phone is just not nearly as accurate as a scientific device like an SPL meter. I bought one to make sure my band's practice space is still safe with my ear protection.
       

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