Is Sleeping with Earplugs In Dangerous?

Discussion in 'Support' started by linearb, Dec 21, 2015.

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    1. linearb
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      A few times lately I've had occasion to pop earplugs in before sleep; I sort of hate it because I think earplugs are fairly uncomfortable and of course they make tinnitus very front-and-center... but there has been some work going on in my building, and given the choice between getting up at 730 AM (the middle of the night!), or popping plugs in to get a few more hours of sleep, I've been leaning towards the latter.

      I've read a couple threads in here over the years from people who think that their tinnitus was caused, or worsened, by sleeping with plugs in -- but I can't come up with a plausible reason this should be so. I was just wondering what people's experiences with this have been, or if there's any research about it that I'm not aware of.

      On some level it's hilarious to me that for years I was incapable of sleeping without a fan, let alone with earplugs in, and somehow through tinnitus I've learned to do both of those things... I wish I understood that mechanism a little better, I could probably make a million dollars.
       
    2. wishingluck
      No Mood

      wishingluck Member Benefactor

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      2015
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      not sure, but probably acoustic trauma
      you mean earphones? I don't understand why you would sleep with earplugs.
       
    3. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

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      02/2011
      To not hear the early construction noise?

      Anyways I do not think there is any reason earplugs would do harm. Just don't yank them out full force when you are done with them.
       
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    4. LadyDi
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      I would PAY you a million dollars if you could let us all know more about the mechanism, @linearb! ;)

      Anyway: I've heard that sleeping ear plugs in all the time, when you have tinnitus, is not a good idea because your brain needs the aural stimulation even at night. But if you need to do it for now until your building construction it through, I would go for it. The alternative -- not getting enough sleep -- probably will take a greater toll.
       
    5. Blujay

      Blujay Member

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      10/1900
      If they did it long-term, it might crank up the central auditory gain, which would bring tinnitus and other head noises up with it. That is hyperacusis sound therapy "in reverse," and sleep is one-third of a person's life.
       
    6. truesilence

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      03/2014
      Well, my T volume seems to go down when I wear earplugs. The tones seem to dissipate and the hissing changes its intensity. I only do this for about half an hour though if my T is particularly bad. No idea why or how this happens!
       
    7. glynis-harbron
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      I think if you only use them the odd night or so you should be fine but long term use can cause your ears be sensitive to sound.
      ..lots of love glynis
       
    8. makethemgold

      makethemgold Member

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      Is there anything that proves this one way or another? I've slept with earplugs for 10 years (I live in NYC, and can't sleep when there's anything from construction to street noise to the sound of upstairs neighbors stomping around at 2am) and I came down with mild tinnitus four years ago and intrusive tinnitus earlier this year. Would love to know here.
       
    9. glynis-harbron
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      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

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      Hi Makethemgold.
      I think their is no evidence to say not to.
      I think its to each individual to see how they cope and can Imagine people who work shifts find them helpful.
      If you wear hearing aids like myself I think its better not to wear plugs at night give your ears a break and time for wax to move etc.
      For hygiene though its best make sure they are changed regularly or washed if reusable....lots of love glynis
       
    10. Blujay

      Blujay Member

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      When it comes to tinnitus, few things can be proven. However, I've heard a number of stories like yours.

      Wearing earplugs all night is certainly unnatural, and the less sound your brain can hear, the more it will turn itself up to compensate. If you do this long-term, there is a point where long-term changes might take place in auditory volume.
       
    11. wishingluck
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      wishingluck Member Benefactor

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      sorry, my bad. I used to sleep with earplugs before I got T. No problem, just don't lie on the ears, I have done that sometimes and woke up feeling like my ears got kicked by a horse or something.
       
    12. wishingluck
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      wishingluck Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure, but probably acoustic trauma
      what maybe you could do, is wearing the earphones that go inside the ear, to listen to masking, and then wear noise isolation headphones (like the ones they use at airports) OVER the inner earphones. I used to do that all the times, now I just sleep with a masker, but I would still wear the antinoise headphones over the inner earphones, if there would be a bothersome noise, such as construction noise nearby.

      But again, it works mostly if you don't lie on the sides.
       
    13. hve
      Artistic

      hve Member

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      Music and recently a simple cold made things really worse
      This is interesting, I have T since 2000 and have to sleep with ear plugs otherwise I have a hard time to sleep, I don't sleep well when other people make noises at night, but recently my T became worse with new sounds, so now I wonder if it may also be related to the ear plugs ? So many things can cause T so it's really complex to understand, I really hope a working solution can be found, this is driving me nuts from time to time (like today). One thing is for sure, even today with high level T for some reason wearing Ear Plugs make me sleep better, so what's the best solution then ? Is wearing EP really bad for T ? thanks, Hans
       
    14. glynis-harbron
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      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

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      Pillow speakers would be better for you at night and also so wax can naturally move and not get pushed in.

      The BTA do a headband with speakers in too....lots of love glynis
       

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