Please Explain How Earplugs Work?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ramki, Jan 30, 2017.

    1. Ramki
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      Ramki Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/20/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Hello Guys,

      Thank you for all you support. I have question on how earplugs actually work. For example if I use foam earplugs (32 dB) what does this mean? This mean noice reduces to 32 dB?

      1) For example if I am doing a road trip for 5 hours and there is music playing between 60 to 80 dB level can I still use earplugs and continue drive while wearing 32 dB earplugs?

      2) Second example: Can I wear 32 dB earplugs and watch a movie in IMAX or go to concert?

      3) I understand that earplugs are safe but loud environments such as concerts, IMAX theaters, loud car music are safe with ear plugs?

      4) I can still listen to music when wearing earplugs when music is around 70 db or so in car......... but is it safe?

      Please help. Thank you!
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      Ramki!
       
    2. josf3
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      josf3 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1-25-17
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      L citrulline
      It means that the ear plugs reduce decibel sound by 32. So lets say your music is at 80db, with the ear plugs properly inserted it will be 48db. I still wouldnt go to a concernt with ear plugs but thats just me
       
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    3. maestromusica
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      maestromusica Member

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      Edinburgh
      Tinnitus Since:
      22/10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Club
      This number is a general indication of how much the noise will be attenuated (reduced) when the earplug is properly fitted (inserting foam earplugs properly is challenging).

      Earplugs are pretty bad at attenuating low frequencies (car noise).

      It's difficult to say what previously damaged ears (you have tinnitus) can handle, I'll leave that question to other, move knowledgeable forum members ;)
       
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    4. Rubenslash

      Rubenslash Member

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      04/2016
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      Bad luck and bad decisions
      For car driving and some music, foam earplugs are maybe overkilled, musicians earplugs should be fine and will improve quality of music compared to foams :)
       
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    5. AUTHOR
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      Ramki
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      Ramki Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/20/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Thank you for your answer! It helps!! Have a good day!
       
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      Ramki
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      Ramki Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/20/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Thank you for your answer! It helps!! I tried musician earplugs. They hurt when I insert, so I do not want to use! Foam plugs are very comfortable.
       
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      Ramki
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      Ramki Member

      Location:
      Los Angeles
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/20/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Thank s buddy for educating me! Have a good day!
       
    8. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Yes you just subtract it for the db reduction. If you add earplugs and earmuffs they do not add up, though, it adds maybe an additional 5db reduction. You have to make sure the earplugs fit you properly. I have large ear canals, so most earplugs give me much less than a 32 db reduction.
       
    9. Julien87
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      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      You have to put them in the ears.

      #ijustreadthetitles
       
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