Has anyone experienced this? I've always thought of this possibility, and have heard an account or two of this happening to someone on this site. I think it's important to get any awareness out there if this is the case. Though I am careful with my earplugs (ok, sometimes I itch my ears with them), and take them out slowly when need be, I'm just not sure there is a way to be completely safe when putting them in and taking them out. I've just always wondered whether the loud sounds of removing/adjusting my earplugs are actually the cause of many of my hearing losses as opposed to accompanying loud sounds, especially the popping noises made when you break the suction on the earplugs. I've heard that the retraction of the eardrum that comes from earplug removal, followed by it snapping back into place, is very dangerous for one's hearing because the ossicles send enormous vibrations to the inner ear. Today, I ended up having a dulling of hearing in my right ear (accompanying a loss from earlier this week in both), along with an increase in my nausea and a spike in my depression. Not sure of the cause, but I remember having to remove a pair of silicone gel earplugs as they were all I had on me at the time. The right one was particularly tight, and it took a while of adjusting and setting off loud booming sounds in my ear to get it to stick in the right way. Pretty typical stuff, and usually I come out fine, but not today it seems. So yea, I would love to know what other people think/ if they think their T and hearing damage has been brought on by earplug use in some fashion. And, as a general heads up, I would advise everyone on this site to avoid using silicone gel earplugs if they can. They just can't be safe :/.