For What Situations Do You Wear Earplugs? And How Has Your Tinnitus Progressed?

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    1. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Interested to see how much people protect their ears and how their T has progressed/regressed over the years.

      Personally, the only situations I wear ear plugs are when I go to the football/soccer. I avoid all other loud places really. I went to a restaurant which got loud so put on ear plugs then but apart from that I never really do.

      Mine seems to be getting slowly worse, and today is a lot worse, so I'm wondering how other people's experiences have been with regards to protecting their ears, as it could help some newbies who are unsure.

      Also, what caused your T?

      Thanks!
       
    2. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      The only thing I do as a matter of course that requires them, is ride a motorcycle.

      I wear them at concerts, but I don't go to very many. I carry them with me, and will occasionally use them in bars or restaurants; I try not to do so unless the noise is loud enough to be legitimately worrisome from a damage point of view.

      I don't think that my T has changed permanently in 15 years, aside from a single notable worsening after a very loud event for which I did not have protection on. I do also think that taking benzos for a long time may have caused some slight worsening in that timeframe.
       
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    3. s-viv
      Artistic

      s-viv Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concerts
      Bars and loud restaurants I wear plugs

      Football games plugs

      Concerts plugs and muffs

      Jamming on guitar plugs, muffs, or both depending

      Used to wear them at the movies, but I only do that now if the volume is really loud.
       
    4. I would check out @Zimichael thread and movies and revise that decision. Some movies are ear damaging loud.

      I wear plugs whenever I go out into busy areas and stores with loud music. I also have pretty terrible hyperacusis which is sometimes accompanied with reactive T. (plus worsening T )
       
    5. s-viv
      Artistic

      s-viv Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concerts
      I only go about once a year, but I probably might wear them if I see an action flick. My ears aren't to bad at them.
       
    6. Gr8fulDude
      Balanced

      Gr8fulDude Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      I probably got my T from loud concerts and headphones. I am more careful now and get my hearing checked annually. I was told that if you can't hear someone talking next to you, the noise is too loud and it is time for protection. I use Etymotic ER 20 musicians' Hi-Fi earplugs. They cost less than $20.
       
    7. Rhea
      Volatile

      Rhea Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Wear earplugs every time I leave the house...either half or full plugs depending on the situation...but majority of the time full. I have probably had less noise exposure in the last few years than a meditating Buddha . I have learnt to lip read (having plugs in so much and having to communicate, lip reading skills seem to just come on naturally over time) and I fell like I have protected my ears the best I possibly could. HOWEVER, my t has still gotten worse, not imaginary worse, like measurably worse...this leads me to the conclusion that maybe noise has little to do with worsening (unless it is loud prolonged noise of course, then you can be sure that will do it) I have also developed a degree of H now to and some weird TTS and Eustachian tube issues...it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of it was bought on my overusing the plugs, but I cannot be sure...who the hell knows..after 11 years the whole t thing is no clearer to me than it was on day one lol ...still alive and kicking though
       
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    8. Vincent R
      Inspired

      Vincent R Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Here is how I look at it: if my T gets worse along with H even if I protect my ears catuiously, then it's NOT because nerve injury so it should be reversible somehow. But if I don't wear hearing protection and my T gets worse because of it, it might be because there are further damage done to the ears, and it won't heal. Ever.

      So I stick with overprotection. Guess paranoia comes naturally to me.
       
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    9. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma? stress?
      My ears are damaged already so no need for protection anymore. Seriously though, prior to T +H I used to wear earplugs when blow-drying my hair, vacuum cleaning, being on concerts, clubs, theaters etc. That said, overprotection isn't a good thing. It might have even caused my SSHL. And yes, it does get worse in time!
       
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    10. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      It's a really hard thing to judge. I'm trying to avoid wearing plugs as the mind focuses more on the T then, so in theory takes longer to habituate? Normal every day I never wear plugs and some sounds can block it out. However when at football wearing plugs, all I can hear is the ring which isn't nice, but protection is definitely a must in that situation.

      I'm trying to go by the rule of 85db for 8 hours, half the time for every 3 db over and have an iphone app, although I doubt this is very accurate. It must still give a decent insight though.

      @Rhea, there has been a lot of people say they got H after protecting their ears too much, maybe this is the case? I had H at first from the lack of exposure, then the more I battled through the discomfort and exposed my self to normal sounds, it seems to have gone away and only comes back when I get ill.

      Ahh it's horrible having to avoid loud sounds at a young age, but in theory, every day sounds won't make it worse? Not everybody's T gets worse, most habituate. I'm pretty sure I saw a questionnaire in which 65% got worse. Considering that this was done on a forum that's pretty low, as most who have recovered or who have habituated would probably avoid forums from then on. Also to consider is there would be long term sufferers who were not aware of what it was or what makes it worse. If that even makes sense haha?
       
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    11. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I wouldn't overprotect as I hear that can make it worse, but if you have h, that's totally understandable.
       
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    12. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      My H gets way worse when I don't protect enough. There is no way I caused H by protecting my ears after they became damaged. I have H becasue I damaged my ears.
       
    13. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma? stress?
      That's very likely the case.

      It's a nightmare.

      Every day normal sounds shouldn't damage your ears further as long as they are under 80db IMO.
      Ha-bitch-uate is a joke. That only works if you have mild T w/o H. If you have debilitating reactive killer T + H it is utterly IMPOSSIBLE.

      Don't believe me? Go ask the vets.

      Oh, here you go,
      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/tinnitus-now-in-other-ear.9073/#post-106078
      ~
      I was wondering about that, 'you damaged your ears' how?
       
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    14. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      I avoid ALL sounds louder than a vacuum cleaner.
      I take cotton wherever I go and use it often.
      I don't use plugs. The air between the plug and my eardrum bothers my H and sometimes the T too.
       
    15. jrm

      jrm Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Hi, do earplugs detract from music much at concerts? Thanks for any help :)
       
    16. Stina
      Psychedelic

      Stina Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tartu
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/13
      My cause of tinnitus is the incurable condition called stupidity, eg. listening to loud music for years and years with my MP3 although my parents warned me about hearing loss. I haven't had an increase yet but it might come. I wear plugs in all situations that are too loud. I would advise you to simply use common sense: anything that seems to loud probably is. Do not wear plugs when you walk on the street because that might give you hyperacusis and also normally traffic isnt loud enough to cause damage in a short period of time. I do avoid clubs and concerts and shooting and anything of the like.
      @jrm we have many stories on this blog about people who go to concerts with plugs. They use different tpes of plugs, some don't have an immidiate increase, others do, some have a cumulative increase that will build up in years. In short, going to a concerts even with plugs or/and earmuffs is a risky business. If you are not bothered by your tinnitus and are willing to risk a loudening then I say go.
       
    17. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I'd rather not hear my tinnitus more, so don't use earplugs.
       
    18. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I'd rather not hear my tinnitus louder, so I definitely wear them during things that are prone to causing hearing damage like vacuuming and motorcycling...
       
    19. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I can understand that completely. I only wear earplugs in the bath otherwise I'd get an ear infection.
       
    20. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Huh, really? I submerge my head underwater all the time... maybe I'm just lucky! The pool at my gym is salt water, maybe that helps....
       
    21. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      My condition has gotten worse in a short time. I feel that the meds Im taking, Ototoxic in nature are doing a bad deed. Yet I cant just quite them. A quick question, do your conditions get worse after eating diner?
      Mine go through the roof.
       
    22. jeannie
      Stressed

      jeannie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      I wear my earplugs when doing anything noisy, vacuuming, blow drying hair, ect...ect.... don't want to risk any further damage...I have 2 sets of ear plugs I had made by audiologist, and 2 sets of the headphone type .I always caryy a set of earplugs with me just in case I need them.
       
    23. Valentina
      No Mood

      Valentina Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have my earplugs always with me but I rarely use them because I'm ashamed to show them to the others. I know it's stupid but... When I'm home I wear them when I do home cleaning and other noisy activities, such as using electric equipements in the kitchen.
       
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    24. Gosia
      Balanced

      Gosia Member

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      earplugs/ hearing loss
      Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one forced to use public transport. Are the buses and tramways too loud ? Metro definitely is and I plug my ears in it. But buses go and stop continuously - so plugging is needed and not needed every minute. I use my fingers, but today I took a bus twice for 50 mins altogether , plugging and when afterwards I was walking in a park suddenly I got a spike that scared the hell out of me and brought me down again while I 've been much better lately. This spike went down a little..but not fully, sth is worse. I had a nap of 2 h - still worse. Now I feel like I can't use public transport anymore which means staying home most of the time , as long as I am where I am for now..I use alpine plugs with filters so that the ears are not exposed to muffled hearing, but only more silent sounds. I thought that was wise.
       

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