Loop Earplugs — Experiences? Can They Cause Damage to the Ear Canal/Eardrum?

Discussion in 'Support' started by stacey, Apr 8, 2021.

    1. stacey
      Bookworm

      stacey Member

      Location:
      New York, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/15/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Has anyone tried Loop earplugs? They say they are comfortable and knocks off 20 dB. They are made with some sort of technology that blocks out loud noise.

      I’m terrified of inserting anything into my ear canal but at this point I feel like I don’t have a choice. The headphones I wear are causing too much pressure on my ears and causing pain. So now I’m considering earplugs.

      It’s just terrifying because there is a warning that if they are inserted or taken out wrongly, it can cause damage to the eardrum. As if I need more ear problems than what I got right now ‍♀️

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    2. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      These don't look like anything remarkably different from what's already out there.

      I think the only way you could even possibly damage your ear drum from inserting too deep would be if you were using a pair of plugs that were too small for your ear canal and you really jammed it in there. I don't really even know if even that would be possible... maybe with foam earplugs? But the ear canal is pretty darn long. Longer than any earplug. When I had molds made for my custom plugs, I was amazed at how long the molds were.

      The only other danger of earplugs that I can think of would be pulling them out too fast. Earplugs usually create a seal that needs to be broken by carefully removing them slowly otherwise you'll get a very loud popping sound inside your ear canal.

      You also want your earplugs to go as deeply as possible to remove as much occlusion as possible. There's no point in wearing earplugs if every step you take creates an 80 decibel thud inside your ear.
       
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    3. Gabriel5050
      Balanced

      Gabriel5050 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (most likely)
      Are you supposed to hear no thud at all? No matter how deep I try to insert foam or musician plugs there's always a muffled thud on every step.
       
    4. kingsfan
      Mellow

      kingsfan Member

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      9-17-20 / 10-20-20 / 3-31-21 / 5-23-21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      turning everything up to 11
      I've never been able to completely remove occlusion, but you can limit it by decreasing the open space between the plug and eardrum.
       
    5. Chris S.

      Chris S. Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      February 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Exposure to loud sound; Pfizer vaccine
      Loop Experience Pro is what I am using daily when doing noisy chores at home or driving, or being in a noisy environment (grocery stores, etc.). They do not go that deep into the ear canal (unlike Etymotic or Eargasm or 3M silicone earplugs), and make a good seal. The Experience Pro are rated at 25 dB (20 dB for the Experience only) but only reduce low frequency noises by about 10-12 dB (per Loop's own dB reduction chart).

      On a couple of occasions, while walking in my neighborhood, I had "bad" encounters with people mowing their lawns — my tinnitus spiked, so the Loop Experience won't protect you from very loud noises nearby. The 3M 1100 offer better overall dB protection but would go deeper into your canal than the Loop, which, honestly, go only as deep as a pair of earbuds would. Regarding the occlusion "thuds" — I get those often with the Loop Experience Pro. And, yes - be careful how you pull them out, they tend to make a good seal, so do it more slowly.
       
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