How to Protect Against Dentist Sounds?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Suzerman, Sep 4, 2019.

    1. GeorgeLG

      GeorgeLG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Leaf blower, rock band, constr & comp shooting, chemo
      I recently dealt with this after a long layoff. This was my experience:
      1. I bought my own ultrasonic cleaner on Amazon and got caught up on the worst teeth using short sessions at home with earplugs and phones.
      2. I asked the hygienist to only use manual tools and I held the suction tool away from my mouth myself and only used it a couple of times.
      3. For my fillings he used the laser, aluminum oxide abrasion and the low speed drill for everything except the final shaping at the very end.
      4. I wore foam earplugs and large ear defenders.
      5. No permanent increase in tinnitus or pain hyperacusis, just a spike for day or so.
      6. All in all, it went OK so I went back for the second round of two more cavities and will handle the remaining two exposed roots next month.
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    2. whatdidyousay

      whatdidyousay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud volumes
      I did not notice a spike when I had a ton of dental work done in my 20s.
    3. Mister Muso
      No Mood

      Mister Muso Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      I would not use foam earplugs because of the occlusion effect. Open earplugs for me are the best balance between protection from the machinery around me, and the work being done inside my mouth.
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    4. CRGC
      No Mood

      CRGC Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      What do you mean by open earplugs?
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    5. Strawberryblonde

      Strawberryblonde Member

      United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      1st mild (12/2015) mild-mod (5/2022)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      My own stupid fault by not fixing my anxiety issue sooner
      I've never protected when having dental work done in the past. I've had multiple fillings and drilling and I never noticed a spike or change in my old tinnitus level. In all honesty I never thought I'd had to protect as it never even crossed my mind that it may make my tinnitus worse. Ignorance was bliss. Now when I go the dentist, I worry!

      @CRGC, I think by open earplugs he means filtered earplugs, perhaps? The ones that let noise in but not fully, while also avoiding he horrible occlusion effect that the foam earplugs produce. Correct me if I am wrong @Mister Muso.
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