Flying vs. Long-Distance Driving

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rintintin, Mar 16, 2016.

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    1. Rintintin
      Frantic

      Rintintin Member

      Location:
      East Coast
      Tinnitus Since:
      Sept 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music and head injury
      Hi all,

      I'm looking for some advice... is it better for Tinnitus to fly, or take a long distance drive in a vehicle, if you wish to journey somewhere? My vehicle is fairly quiet, but there is some wind noise.

      Thanks,

      Rintintin
       
    2. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Light Car wiht road noise can be 75db
      Less if the car is heavy - Old Cadillacs or large Mercedes are the best

      Aircraft cabin 85 while cruising and more on take off and climb

      So driving is far less noisy
      Keep windows closed and you will be fine

      Wiht windows open or flying I would wear earmuffs all the the way in both situations and no have to worry
       
    3. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      I haven't flown yet since tinnitus onset, but I find that flying while wearing ear plugs is a more comfortable experience in general, especially if the aircraft is a turboprop.
       
    4. NGC891
      Wishful

      NGC891 Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998 > 2008 > 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, weigh 69kg / size 1.8m
      Hi,
      I am agree with @Ecip, the jet plane frequencies (white noise) are easier to protect with earplug than car frequencies (low).
       
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    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I've done a bunch of flying with earplugs, no problems. Also motorcycles with earplugs. I use earplugs in noisy cars, too.
       
    6. AnxiousJon
      Magical

      AnxiousJon Member

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
      I believe ear pressure is the main concern for flyers with tinnitus and other ear conditions, not noise.
       
    7. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      Yep, @AnxiousJon said it: Noise isn't the issue. Barotrauma is.

      Having said that: Flying in a properly pressurized commercial jet -- as long as you don't have a severe cold or sinus/ear infection, or eustachian tube dysfunction -- usually is safe. I got my tinnitus from an airplane flight but I still fly now, although I take precautions. Just search "flying" here at TT and you will find plenty.
       

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