If a Healthy Person Wore Earplugs 24/7, Would They Get Tinnitus Because of Lack of Auditory Input?

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    1. Mattv
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      Assuming tinnitus (at least in many cases) is the brain trying to replace frequencies your ears can no longer send signals of to your brain - what if a healthy person without tinnitus wore earplugs constantly, would they also get tinnitus because their brain would no longer be receiving auditory input?
       
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    2. Matchbox
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      Depends for how long you would wear the earplugs.

      I experienced severe conductive hearing loss a few times in my childhood as well as blew out my eardrum.

      Shit sounds literally like someone turned the volume waaaay down on life, for at least a week or two at a time.

      However. No tinnitus.

      So my guess is no, but, if any tinnitus occurs, it is immediately recoverable within a day.
       
    3. Tweedleman
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      I have often wondered this, too! Would be nice to get an answer.
       
    4. Óscar PP

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      I doubt it. Even with earplugs on you still receive input from the sound coming out of your own body.

      Maybe if you put someone in a soundproof room for a long period of time they would develop some sort of tinnitus, but it would be just temporary.
       
    5. kingsfan
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      Didn't they already do this? Put people in a sound proof room and they actually heard ringing? Then were back to normal as soon as they left? Or is this a different phenomenon?
       
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      Mattv
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      I'm just a little bit skeptical about this explanation for tinnitus. I'm going to lock my teenager away in a sensory deprivation tank and see what happens...
       
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    7. GBB

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    8. Óscar PP

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      Make sure they have Prednisone at hand just in case.
       
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    9. kingsfan
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    10. Juan

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      "If a Healthy Person Wore Earplugs 24/7, Would They Get Tinnitus Because of Lack of Auditory Input?"

      No, I don't think so.
       
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      Mattv
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    12. GBB

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      Sorry man, just nightmare levels of tinnitus today - didn't mean to come off like that (though I acknowledge that's exactly how I came off).
       
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    13. kingsfan
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      We're all friends here through a common interest, right? Though I wish we didn't have this certain thing in common, no offense.
       
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    14. GBB

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      I would say inmates, but agree with the sentiment.
       
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    15. Digital Doc

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      Yes, I remember a study some years back that showed that healthy folks did get tinnitus that reversed when the earplugs were removed.
       
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