Living in a Noisy City — How Much Should I Protect My Hearing?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Foamearplugssuck, Aug 8, 2019.

    1. Foamearplugssuck
      Depressed

      Foamearplugssuck Member

      Location:
      new dorp new york
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/26/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Doing concert photography
      Ok so here's my deal: I moved home to the suburbs for the summer, but I spend most of my year in NYC where it is quite loud. I was wondering if I should walk around the city with earplugs while out and about because I don't want to do any accidental damage to my ears. However, I've heard that wearing earplugs too often can lead to hyperacusis.

      So, I guess I'm just wondering how often I should put in earplugs, what would be considered overprotection, and if you city-dwellers have any advice/words of caution for me.

      Thank you!
       
    2. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I wear plugs whenever I visit NYC,
      especially in restaurants. It is LOUD there!!! My advice is to always have them on you and when it gets loud, put them in!
       
    3. lucy_snow

      lucy_snow Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018.03
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss/ibuprofen
      What earplugs do you use for the restaurants? Are you able to hear with them what your friends are talking?
       
    4. Flamingo1

      Flamingo1 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Orlando, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      4-15-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I wear Westone custom molded ear plugs and use the plastic inserts instead of filters which I don't think are strong enough to cut out most of the noise. I can hear people just fine and the plugs are easy to take in and out!
       
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    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      I wear earplugs often in NYC; it's one of the louder cities I've been in.

      After moving out of the city and living in a quiet place for a couple years, my noise tolerance increased, a LOT. Take that as you will...
       
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    6. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Glad to hear that things improved. No doubt that NYC is a really loud city, and the constant noise was irritating things, and preventing healing. In a quieter environment, healing can take place.

      Hope your improvement is durable.
       
    7. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      to be clear, I lived in DC and thought NYC was insanely loud even in comparison.

      i still do all kinds of loud stuff, woods requires chainsaws dirtbikes mowers and guns, but my overall noise exposure still feels much reduced. Owning a 16hp lawnmower would have seemed unthinkable in 2013.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Foamearplugssuck
      Depressed

      Foamearplugssuck Member

      Location:
      new dorp new york
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/26/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Doing concert photography
      Hey thanks for the advice! I went to a restaurant today it was literally 80 DB inside. Crazy. I did wear my earplugs [I have custom hearsavers from emtech] for most of the day so hopefully that helped my ears out a bit.
       
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    9. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      wear plugs then hearing protection over it. NYC is so loud I really hated it there when I went. Time to consider moving i guesS?
       
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