"MRI Safe" Earmuffs — Source in Europe?

Discussion in 'Support' started by AMe, Apr 4, 2022.

    1. AMe

      AMe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hey everyone,

      I'm trying to locate a supplier for "MRI safe" earmuffs in Europe. Whenever I search for something like this, I keep coming across "Pro Ears" models, but it appears that they (the Altus Brands company that supplies them) don't ship outside of North America.

      Does anyone know of a make or model of MRI safe earmuffs that are available in the EU?

      Thank you!
       
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    2. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      I can't even find those in the US... can you provide a link?
       
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      AMe

      AMe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
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      Unknown
      Hey @ajc - certainly - the first website that I came across with a listing for them was this one:

      https://www.earplugstore.com/mri-safe-hearing-protectors.html

      Though there are others similar sites too, such as:

      https://www.mriequip.com/store/pc/MRI-Non-Magnetic-Ear-Muffs-c78.htm

      And the "Pro Ears" website - suppliers of these headsets - is at:

      https://proears.com/

      EDIT: You can find listings for these products on Amazon (e.g., https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ears-Ultra-Sleek-Protection/dp/B00ENX1FCM/), but in the "Questions" section for these listings, you'll see things like:

      Q) Can you wear these during an MRI test (no metal in them)?

      A) The Pro Ears Ultra Pro model sold on Amazon is NOT MRI safe, but the company does make an MRI safe model, but it is NOT available on Amazon. Just contact the company at 1-800-891-3660.
       
    4. Taw

      Taw Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      Pain hyperacusis since 03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (drum lessons)
      Why do you need to bring your own earmuffs? Just use good earplugs + the earmuffs they provide on top. I doubt they let you use your own earmuffs.
       
    5. Baker

      Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown for 10 years, but later bad from loud fireworks.
      I'm needing to get an MRI of my thoracic spine. And I was looking at getting it at a Canon MRI machine. I have never done a Canon MRI before. I contacted a few places, and then someone mentioned that your head had to be in a coil so it could count your vertebra. And I think it may be too much of a risk to go in with only earplugs.

      But I thought of trying to find the thinnest/smallest earmuffs that are safe for MRI to see if maybe they'd fit inside the coil. I've done a ton of searching on the internet, and right now I'm looking a the Pro-Ears. They have a Youth version and a version that is smaller than their normal version that is rated at -26 dB.

      Does anyone know which is smaller? I believe the Youth version can fit on small adult heads. But not sure how much, if any, it is smaller than the -26 dB version?

      Youth version:
      https://proears.com/product/pro-ears-ultra-youth-mri-kit/

      -26 dB version:
      https://proears.com/product/pro-ears-ultra-26-mri-kit-copy/

      Has anyone used both versions? The -26 dB, it says it fits inside most head coils. I'll only be using Canon MRI machines. So I don't know what kind of head coil they use, or if the head coils are all different, i.e. depends on the facility?
       
    6. Taw

      Taw Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      Pain hyperacusis since 03/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (drum lessons)
      They don't let you in the MRI with your own earmuffs because 99% of them contain metal. There are special earmuffs for MRI that they provide.

      Good luck, the noise will penetrate through the bone. I hope you will be ok after this.
       
    7. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I don't have the answer to this, but you are doing the right thing: get your own earmuffs. You never know what you are going to encounter when you go for an MRI.

      Administrative assistants at clinics do not even know what MRI machine they are using, what are the protocols etc., let alone the noise level. And it's impossible to talk to the people who will operate the MRI machine until you are there, on the day of the test.
       
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    8. Baker

      Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown for 10 years, but later bad from loud fireworks.
      I called around and did talk to a lady at a place that had a Canon MRI machine. And she ended up calling Canon and found that there were certain changes that she could make here and there that would help to cut down on the noise. She is 3 hours away compared to 1 hour from the nearest place that has a Canon MRI machine. So if I do go in, I'll probably call the place that is an hour away to check if they can call Canon to see if they can do sequence settings that will help quiet it down compared to their usual settings.

      My tinnitus gets worse from noise exposure, though I'm hoping earplugs and MRI safe earmuffs will keep noise damage from happening. I do spend four hours on a riding lawnmower every two weeks with earmuffs on and seem to do okay. Though I'm not sure what the noise levels are inside a Canon MRI machine compared to riding around on a loud riding lawnmower?

      Thanks.
       
    9. Baker

      Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown for 10 years, but later bad from loud fireworks.
      Well, I'm going to have to get dental work done at some point. So I guess I'm screwed either way. Though it seems like things may be okay in an MRI machine if it's a Canon and I have double protection. Need to get a Thoracic MRI, and they said I'd need a head cage for that. So I will try and get thin MRI earmuffs and see if they fit.

      I've read that Canon MRI machines don't get louder than 85 dB, though I don't know how accurate that information is.
       
    10. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I don't use any loud tools etc... but an MRI is, generally, very loud.
       
    11. Baker

      Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown for 10 years, but later bad from loud fireworks.
      Yeah, though there are some Canon MRIs in my state. Which are supposed to be quieter than other MRI machines. I've read it doesn't go louder than 85 dB. Though I'm not sure if that is for any scan, or just certain types of scans. But anyways, many here seem to say Canon MRI machines are generally quieter than all other brands.

      I searched around and found that lawnmowers are like 95 dB noise. So I seem to do fine wearing just earmuffs and riding around for four hours at a time compared to say an hour in an MRI machine, which would be a Canon model.
       
    12. CW Dragon
      Depressed

      CW Dragon Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Midwest USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Impulse Noise
      For my recent MRI, these are the ones that they gave me. NRR of 29, I would have preferred my Macks at NRR of 32 but wasn't allowed to wear them. But really I was more concerned with the contrast dye gadolinium. That made me sick/dizzy for the next few days, and I could feel it burning as they injected it. Apparently the stuff is pretty toxic.

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    13. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I think the level of noise depends on image quality. The better the image quality you want to get, the noisier it is.
       
    14. Baker

      Baker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown for 10 years, but later bad from loud fireworks.
      I've read 3T is louder than 1.5T weighted. They say Canon/Toshiba machines have a vacuum chamber to make them quieter than any other brand. I believe some machines may be louder/quieter than others. But people say to only use a Canon MRI machine if you want a quieter MRI scan. And some Canon MRI machines are quieter than others if they have certain software packages. You can search around here on Canon or Toshiba MRI machines for more information on what others say.

      I really wish the MRI companies would provide a lot more information instead of us having to scavenge the internet for information ourselves.
       
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