EarPlugs and Perceived Voice Volume

Discussion in 'Support' started by sigep0519, Nov 15, 2014.

    1. sigep0519

      sigep0519 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi all, I have not really used earplugs in the past before my T & H (8/2014), and probably should have, but I will need them soon for an event. I've bought several kinds such as foam, silicone, etc. Each time that I insert the plugs, no matter which kind, my voice seems really loud when talking. When I place my ear muffs on, without the plugs, I don't hear the same loudness when I speak. My question is, is this normal? Will the perceived volume of my voice, further my problems? Thanks very much to all-
    2. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador

      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      It's normal. For sure.
    3. BobDigi
      Kick ass

      BobDigi Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Although your question sounds sill. I know exactly what you're saying. I ride a motorbike with earplugs in. When i talk with with earplugs in, especially with my crash hemet on, my voice is really loud. I'm no doctor. But i'm sure it doesn't cause any problems. It's just paranoia.
    4. quietatnight

      quietatnight Member

      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker

      Yes its normal, if you really want to hear something interesting. Take a big swig of soda pop, hold it in, close your mouth and listen. LOL I gurrantee it will amuse you too :)

      Oh, don't forget to swallow it LOL

    5. Dr. Charlie

      Dr. Charlie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      When you reduce outside sound by obstructing your ear canal (called air conduction,) you automatically perceive the vibrations of your own voice as louder ( via bone conduction.)

      You are wise to protect your ears during any exposure to loud sounds. Invest in a reliable pair. I personally use the following:


      Bless you,

      Dr Charlie
    6. dan

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      So is it just a perception or is it really louder ?
    7. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      It's normal.

      I have found that this effect is worse with my heavy duty ear muffs and silicon plugs that completely shut the ear canal off. I find that my custom fit musician ear plugs aren't as bad because they use filters which allow a tiny bit of sound in and out of the ear that reduces the occlusion effect.

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