Earplug-Induced Hyperacusis

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lloyd Carter, Oct 25, 2015.

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    1. Lloyd Carter
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      Lloyd Carter Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced Trauma
      Hello TT members!

      I've heard and seen all over the place not to "overprotect" due to the possibility that this could lead to sensitivity to loud sounds and H. Has this happened to anyone? Musicians wear ear plugs every day and I've never heard of one developing H! Is it just that wearing them out into the general world could cause this? It's scary to think that I can protect myself by wearing the plugs to loud bars on the weekends, but also develop H if they're worn too much?

      Any advice is much appreciated!
       
    2. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      I doubt earplugs cause anything. I think using them only makes your existing hyperacusis more noticeable when you take them out.
       
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    3. Bertman
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      Bertman Member Benefactor

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      canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concert
      @PaulBe yeah i agree. I had hyperacusis when I first got T and since then I have gradually introduced myself back to normal sounds and feel a lot better. I don't think wearing plugs will give you H but may just exasperate the problem if you already have it.
       
    4. noisebox
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      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      There are people who have H who say they got it from constantly wearing earplugs. Using them in a loud bar will not give you H, it is sensible to do that. The musicians that do most likely only wear them on stage. Just use them where the volume is so loud you need to shout to hold a conversation.
       
    5. Lloyd Carter
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      Lloyd Carter Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced Trauma
      What about loud restaurants and sporting events? Wondering if anyone that has gotten H from wearing plugs too much could come forward?
       
    6. noisebox
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      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I came across somebody who got it from constantly sleeping in them.
      But a short spell at a very noisy event is sensible. Look it another way, if you attend those sort of events (not restaurants) without plugs you will most likely getting hearing damage and develop T and maybe H.
       
    7. Lloyd Carter
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      Lloyd Carter Member

      Location:
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      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced Trauma
      It just seems very "damned if you do, damned if you don't!"
       
    8. noisebox
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      noisebox Member

      Location:
      Yorkshire, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      West End show. Came back 2015 vitamin D overdose prescribed
      I wouldn't agree damned if you do only where necessary. Just don't use them in safe environments
       
    9. Lloyd Carter
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      Lloyd Carter Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced Trauma
      Is a movie theatre or a loud restaurant considered safe?
       
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    10. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

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      02/2011
      Movie theaters definitely aren't safe anymore.
       
    11. Blujay

      Blujay Member

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      10/1900
      And theater owners wonder why attendance is down.

      A theater near me keeps the volume in the low 70 decibel range. Interestingly, it is one of the highest-grossing theaters in the U.S.
       
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    12. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I'm wondering if this was a myth all along. That what earplugs really cause is TTTS because the heart beat sounds and all the creaking sounds caused by contact between the plugs and the eardrums are in fact pretty noisy, especially if you sleep on them. They certainly are a lot noisier for me, but I notice it because every sound shift causes a TTTS symptom in me. And doctors may have not noticed because they're not aware of this ironic fact.
       
    13. Blujay

      Blujay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1900
      It's theoretically possible that overuse of earplugs might weaken any natural defenses against loud sounds, leaving one susceptible.
       
    14. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Ironically, they aren't aware of many facts.
       
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    15. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Yep...

      didn't go for a Nissen a few months ago, despite being recommended by stomach docs for reflux
      went on a yogurt binge thats partially cured my reflux
      yogurts have probiotics, but not many and they're greasy and sugary
      suspect its intestinal bacterial imbalance and I'll go on probiotics
      none of the stomach doctors know about this ofc, and they deny its existence

      so yep...
       
    16. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      Doctors get no dietary education whatsoever in this country.
       

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