Do I Insert My Earplug Too Deep Inside the Ear Canal?

Discussion in 'Support' started by SergioN, Aug 9, 2019.

    1. SergioN

      SergioN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      25/07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma + ototoxicity
      Hi All,

      I'm having bad moments when inserting my foam earplugs because I'm suffering from hyperacusics and dermatitis and the noises of putting and removing make me nervous.

      Anyway, today I put in my earplugs to go outside (traffic) but two hours later I started to note some slight internal pain. Like pressure and pain. So I took the earplug out carefully.

      I think maybe it had gone too deep in and caused pressure over eardrum?

      They are 3M 1100, 2.5cm length tapered.

      I uploaded a photo wearing the earplug. I really need to hear your opinion. Thanks.

      IMG_20190809_220019.jpg
       
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    2. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Location:
      Italy
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma
      I wouldn‘t worry about hitting the eardrum (except if you have a lot of wax maybe and are pushing that further in). I wear the same earplugs all the time and insert them even deeper where they are not visible from the side like on your picture.

      But i get the same slight pain/pressure after like 2-3 hours and then i need to take them out. I always try not to wear them for to long before taking a break.
       
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    3. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      https://asa.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1121/1.4800461

      The earplug is not too deeply inserted. Look at the images in the link above. The lower portion of your earplug looks about 100% in, but the upper aspect is less than that.

      If you are having trouble getting it in deep enough, or if you are getting pressure, consider a slim fit ear plug, or a lower pressure plug that may fit better.
       
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      SergioN

      SergioN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      25/07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma + ototoxicity
      Thanks for your replies and information. I really appreciate it.
      Kind regards.
       
    5. Mister Muso
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      Mister Muso Member

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      2007 / April 2019
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      Loud music
      Just be careful taking them out. Try to ease each one out by pulling the ear and gently pulling the earplug with a twisting motion until the seal is broken. It shouldn't feel like the eardrum is popping which would mean you're doing it too fast.
       
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    6. linearb
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      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      nah that looks good.

      earplugs absorb sweat and will expand and eventually hurt. when I'm riding my motorcycle I tend to stop and change them every hour.
       
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      SergioN

      SergioN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      25/07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma + ototoxicity
      IMG_20190816_195023.jpg

      What do you think about how I inserted the earplug there?

      Today, the right earplug moved into the ear canal easier than other times so it went in too deep and I really noticed some slight pain for a second or two. After that I tried to pull it a few millimeters out, to release the pressure... But I'm scared it touched my eardrum. Wax was removed a month ago so there should not be a lot of wax.

      But I really feel something.

      I think this is happening to me now because I'm rolling the earplug in a thinner roll. In the past, I did not pay the same attention to rolling the earplug.

      What do you think about this? My tinnitus spiked in that ear... Although anxiety can be playing a role.

      Thanks in advance.
       
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      SergioN

      SergioN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      25/07/2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma + ototoxicity
      Any thoughts about this last photo? I need your support...
       
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