Is It Safe to Go to the Cinema?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jcb, Jan 31, 2018.

    1. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Hi everybody.
      I previously did a post regarding how I got my ringing in my ears.
      I’ve had a ringing in my ears since I had a bad cold and chest infection (just over a month)
      My doctor won’t send me the ENT as she says it will clear in a few months.

      My ringing spikes when I yawn, put pressure on my jaw and I’m waiting to see a dentist to see if TMJ related.
      I can’t read due to the hissing and ringing which is making me more anxious as I love to read (it’s not overly loud as unless I’m in silence or go to bed)

      Would it be ok to the cinema if I get ear plugs/ear protectors?
      If so, what type of ear plugs or ear protectors should I get?

      On a side note my ears seem to look out for noise when there’s a high pitch or buzzing/humming sound which makes my stomach turn as I need to establish if it’s in my ears or somewhere else.
      I apologise If my post is a bit erratic but I’m kind of feeling that way at the moment, it’s hard to concentrate sometimes.
       
    2. illegalmonkey77
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      illegalmonkey77 Member

      Location:
      New Hampshire
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/20/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely due to fluid in ears, and then it just stuck around.
      I saw The Last Jedi w/ ear plugs in and had no issues at all. So you should be fine. I used these ones: https://www.etymotic.com/er20.html
       
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    3. AUTHOR
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      Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Thanks illegalmonkey77.
      I will have a look at them. That was the last film I saw, really enjoyed it. Looking to put go and see Black Panther and worried about making the ringing worse even though mine wasn’t noise induced ( I think)
       
    4. Bartek
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      Bartek Member Benefactor

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      05/2017
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      Benzo withdrawal
      Hi, Saw Star wars without ear protection no problems for me. You just need to test what you can and what you can't do with your tinnitus.
       
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    5. AUTHOR
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      Jcb
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      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I think I’ll still get some ear protection as I’m still panicky about making it worse.
      Thanks for your feedback though Bartek I appreciate it.
       
    6. Rainbowsheep
      Cheerful

      Rainbowsheep Member

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music, I suppose
      I just saw The Greatest Showman. I started without ear protection but I noticed the sound was uncomfortably loud during the singing parts of the movie so I ended up wearing earplugs most of the movie but other than that I'm perfectly fine. My T hasn't spiked at all. In fact my perception is that it is less loud than it was before because I had a great time. So yeah. I would go if I were you. Just have some earplugs with you in case the movie is loud and you will be fine :D
       
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    7. Dmitriy
      Relaxed

      Dmitriy Member Benefactor

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      07/2017
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      Gunshot Exposure
      I am sure it's fine with good ear protection. I did not go to movies much, and with my T I always imaging myself sitting next to a speaker and going deaf on very first loud noise.
       
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    8. serendipity1996

      serendipity1996 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown but suspect noise-induced
      It depends IMO. I can manage smaller/art-house cinemas quite comfortably with earplugs because they tend to have the volume lower but I find larger cinemas e.g. ones in shopping centres etc a bit of a struggle. Make sure you have earplugs on hand just in case!
       
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    9. anusha
      Buzzed

      anusha Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 29 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Perforated eardrum
      yes. I go to movies with ear plugs on. I am going mad if I sit at home. I am going early to theater and getting middle seats away from speakers and wear ear plugs and winter cap and ear muffs . 3 layers on and then watching movie.

      So far like that after watching it did not spike up. Also my T is not noise induced. I definitely decreased the number of movies I used to watch in theaters. Going only if I really want to watch the movie. I used to go to pubs and dancing stopped that too. I just do not want it to get worse. Movies is something so regular I do if I stop doing that I do not having nothing to do except eating at restaurants in this cold weather.
       
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      Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Thanks for all your input I really appreciate it.
      I’ve been looking at different ear plugs, think I will purchase a few different ones and make sure I sit in the middle of the cinema. I used to love going the cinema but this Ringing in my ears has impacted my life like nothing else.
      I’m trying to stay positive and hope and pray it goes away and if not that I eventually get used to it. :)
       
    11. BobDigi
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      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      I think tinnitus spike when clenching jaw etc is absolutely normal. I know mine does. Yes go to the cinema. Perhaps buy some good quality ear plugs before hand if possible just incase you find it too loud. But as far as I'm concerned, cinema volume won't hurt. Concert volume is a different story.
       
    12. AUTHOR
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      Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Have you ever been tested for TMJ? I’m awaiting a dentist appointment as my local practitioner hasn’t been much help and won’t send me to ENT as she “assures me it will go away” in a few months as I’m still congested.
      My ears pop and crunch when I swallow and my ears feel full then go back to normal.
      It’s just whenever I yawn or eat or put pressure on my jaw it spikes, so based on all the reading I’ve done and this forum I’m guessing it’s TMJ related but won’t know till I’ve been the dentist.
       
    13. BobDigi
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      BobDigi Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      5.6.14
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Hi no I haven't been tested. I have an appointment with the dentist in 2 weeks so I will mention.
      My ears also crackle when I swallow. I never pay it attention, but now I'm focusing on it it's pretty loud.
      I thought this was normal? I'm pretty sure my T is from loud headphones. I really cranked them up one day. And a few days later my ear decided to never shut up.
       
    14. Sarah200
      Suicidal

      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Hi , I'm new and this is my first post please bare with me I have a lot to write.

      My tinnitus started last January when I was suffering a bad cold, when I had my cold it was the worst I had ever had it , the only way to escape it was going outside. Then academia later it was gone , once my cold had gone my tinnitus was gone , then four weeks later in Feb 2017 it was back one morning when I woke up, I had not been anywhere noisy like concerts, cinemas ect, I had stayed at home the day before so was really confused why it came back, so I went to my GP who saif both ears were full of fluid it took until April last year to clear it but tinnitus was still there over a month later so as my ears were clear she sent me to an ENT specialist but I'm still waiting to see him\her as if only just got my appointment for 19th of April? At the beginning from Feb - may last year was when my tinnitus was it's worst I could hear it over the TV , couldn't sleep and could not focus on anything but then sometime in may last year my tinnitus seemed to be getting lower ( I'm not sure if it was getting lower or I'd just had enough of letting it ruin my life so just learnt to live with it) I was able to watch TV in peace , I can sleep now even without a masking machine at night, this is how iv been since may last year and am my T is still like this today that I hardly hear it most days I even forget that I have T the only time I hear it now is if I'm in a quiet room or if I'm purposely trying to hear it. Luckily if not had another cold and am dreading having another cold.

      Anyway now you know a little about my tinnitus I wanted to ask would it be safe to go to the cinema? I ask this as if been excited about avengers infinity war since they teased thanks back in the avengers in 2012 so have been waiting years for this film and really want to go see it. I don't go to concerts, I don't go to clubs or any other loud events I mainly stay home as I'm a full time carer to my mom so my ears to get exposed to many loud noises just normal noises like TV, cars, wind , ect. It would only be this once that I would be going to the cinema as if not been to the cinema in tow years or so the last film I saw was avengers age of ultron.

      I would be sitting at the back. My T is not caused by noise as if never been to a concert ever and iv never been to a club or festivals. It started with a cold so unthinkable it was the cold that caused it.

      What do you think would going to see infinity war make it worst?
       
    15. Sven
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      Location:
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      Tinnitus Since:
      06/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Since it doesn't seem to be caused by loud noise or music I think you'll be fine. Howeve, it IS too loud in movie theatres so you'd be better off getting som ear plugs. "Musician plugs" ought to be enough.
       
    16. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Just take some good noise reduction plugs with you to wear.
      My tinnitus is not noise related but I take no chances around extra loud sound.
      Love glynis x
       
    17. JohnnyMx
      Sunshine

      JohnnyMx Member

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      Apr/2013
      Hi Sarah, even if the cause of your T is not loud sound, I think that you should take care of your ears. Most important, I think that EVERYONE should take care of their ears in loud places.

      I'm a full promoter about DON'T stop doing the things you like or love even if you suffer from T.
      I go often to the cinema with my kids, and we always have a great time. I use regular noise reduction earplugs.

      Have a nice night and bring some popcorn.
       
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    18. Sarah200
      Suicidal

      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Thank you to all of you for your replys, glynis I notice your in the UK and not to far from me I live in Stafford , do you know any good brands of earplugs in the UK that I can wear at the cinema?
       
    19. Sven
      No Mood

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      Location:
      Sweden
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      06/1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      If you're willing to pay for custom made ones ACS makes good ones with different filters.
       
    20. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      07/2015
      I just came back from the cinema. In the U.K. they are not that loud. The highest peak I measured for the movie I just saw, ‘Black Panther’, was 84db. A lot of the film was less than 70db.

      PS, I only measure the SPL for interest purposes. To see how loud stuff really is. The loudest I’ve come across so far was Star Wars with peaks in the high 80’s. Cinemas don’t really concern me, but I still wear my 10db filters in my earplugs to be cautious. IMAX is a different story and other countries will vary. Remember this is based on the UK cinemas that I’ve been to (which is a few).
       
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    21. Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

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      2017
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      Cold
    22. AUTHOR
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      Jcb
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      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I’ve got them and went the pictures to see Black Panther (which was amazing btw) I didn’t have any issues and didn’t think it was that loud at all. I also got some musicians ones (same make) which has 2 different settings. Speak to your audiologist and see what they say as well.
       
    23. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      I agree about the noise Jcb. I have no idea where you are or what cinema you went to but it wasn’t that loud where I was. I measured the noise to be objective and all the talking scenes were in the 60db range. Action scenes were all over the 70’s peaking around 84db here and there. I wore 10db filters which were perfect. They were like a safety blanket for my sanity more than anything. I don’t think it was damaging at all, but I’d rather be safe than sorry in all instances nowadays.
       
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    24. Sarah200
      Suicidal

      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Can i ask which cinemas you go to I normally (I say normally but I'm talking about 2yrs ago) to odeon?
       
    25. Ed209

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      I agree about the noise Jcb. I have no idea where you are or what cinema you went to but it wasn’t that loud where I was. I measured the noise to be objective and all the talking scenes were in the 60db range. Action scenes were all over the 70’s peaking around 84db here and there. I wore 10db filters which were perfect
      I’ve been everywhere. At one point, for around 5 years or so, I used to go every week. I’m a huge film buff.

      I’ve been to various: Cineworlds, Odeons, Vues, Showcases and the local independent cinema. I’ve also been to some cinemas in the states.
       
    26. Sarah200
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      Sarah200 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Thanks for your reply, I use to travel to Stockport (UK) to Cineworld as I found there Cineworld was not that loud but when it closed I went to the Odeon in Manchester , the one in the printworks and found it a lot louder maybe it's just me worrying to much .
       
    27. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      I think each cinema varies, but I’ve never felt uncomfortable in any cinema, ever, in my entire life. And I have seen hundreds of films. Pre T even IMAX never felt loud, but I wasn’t worried about noise which makes a huge difference. I reckon your average IMAX is likely 10db louder on average. This is a guess though as I haven’t been to one since, so my guess is based on experience.

      I didn’t even realise that cinemas could be considered loud until my T became an issue and I started reading threads on here. However, you have to realise that loud to me was rock gigs and nightclubs. Relatively speaking, your average cinema experience is nowhere near the realm of either of those.
       
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    28. AUTHOR
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      Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I’m in the UK, I went to a Cineworld. That’s the first time I’ve been since I got T, was extremely wary but had my ear plugs and put an DB measuring app on my phone (I know they arnt 100% reliable but it gave me a estimate.) I got a max of about 86db and an average of about 63db. I didn’t get any spikes which is great. I used to go the cinema a lot including IMAX screenings but don’t want to over do it in these early stages.
       
    29. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Yea, that’s bang on with my experience last night. Most of the film was in the 60’s.
       
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    30. Vincent R
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      Vincent R Member Benefactor

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      09/2014
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      They're not useless.

      According to my experience, though, foam earplugs are better. Just make sure they are properly inserted. They must enter the inner ear canal. You'll find instructions on Google Image.
       

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