Poll: How Often Do You Wear Earplugs?

Discussion in 'Support' started by geg1992, Apr 16, 2015.

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How often do you wear ear plugs?

  1. All of the time

  2. Every time I leave the house

  3. Only in loud situations such as concerts, bars, some loud restaurants

  4. Never

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    1. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Also, how has your tinnitus progressed?
       
    2. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      when I use earplugs my T sounds much louder because it is blocking my ears. So I only wear them sometimes
       
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    3. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Thanks for your input. I accidentally selected every time I leave the house! It's actually only loud events at the moment. It's jnteresting that 80% of people so far either never wear them or only do in loud situations. How has yours progressed if you don't mind me asking?
       
    4. Sharpfire
      No Mood

      Sharpfire Member

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I've always worn earplugs in loud situations (clubs, loud bars, etc) long before I got tinnitus in order to prevent hearing loss/tinnitus. Since I ended up getting tinnitus anyway, my use of earplugs has been increased to include traffic, trains, and most things above standard volume.
       
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    5. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      My T is the same as it was 6 months after onset (before that it was extremely loud).... I was habituated but for some reason since 1.5 week it realy bothers me again....I could sleep with it without masking and I could not care less. But all of a sudden I hate it again....so perhaps I must habituat again....realy weird

      I have mild T I guess because it is easly masked with the slidest sound...but now for some reason my mind keeps searching for it everywhere. It was just from one day to another that I went from habituated to the scary reaction and irritation I had in the beginning.

      All does thoughts of ... "It will never be silent again!"... "Why me?" .... "What if it becomes louder?" ... "Will this spike remain (always went away after 10 seconds) ;-) ?"...

      I know it is a state of mind thing now so I will overcome it again, but still....you feel what you feel and now I feel bothered by it.

      The thing that irritates me the most at the moment is that I sometimes do not know if it's my T I am hearing of imagine it or it a sound for some device what I am focused on at that moment.
      One thing is for sure when you do that.... your to busy with your T (n)

      Normaly I mask it a little with bird sounds or something through my phone, but I just want silence for 10 seconds so I fight T .....but T will always win :woot:...

      Perhaps after a few weeks I'm back to being habituated again and this is just a fase or something. I just had a major depression and my focus was on that...but that is going away now so my mind has to jump on something else I guess and that is T.
       
    6. Beth
      Inspired

      Beth Member Benefactor

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      quite a while...
      I have never worn ear plugs because I don't go anywhere too noisy. I know some people wear them in all sorts of situations where it's not even that loud but I think over protecting your ears can be a bad thing as hyperacusis could develop so I just avoid really loud noises and carry on as normal otherwise.
       
    7. Legin

      Legin Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Car accident
      I find ear plugs affect my balance problem
       
    8. UserID
      Lucky

      UserID Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Tampa, FL
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/01/1972
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Artillery
      I lived many years following my military enlistment with tinnitus without knowledge enough to know the simplest truths about my condition. It was many years later, after it got to be the most prominent inner trait of my life, that I began to reach for everything and anything in search of a cure.

      The noise in my head began in 1972 and rose to the height of torment around 1993-95 at which time I was willing to fly anywhere in the world to ask whatever guru sat on a mountain top for the magic words or lifestyle, and spent thousands of dollars for various devices including a Neuromonics unit.

      Today, T is still with me, but I am, to a greater degree habituated as I continue to listen to mitigating sounds on a daily basis. Some days are surprisingly low level while others can rage. Medications probably play a small part in the ups and downs, as does the very intense stress of my job.
      David
       
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    9. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      I only wear plugs in very loud situations. I do freelance camera work for televised sporting events such as hockey, basketball and american football and those arenas can get extremely loud so I do wear them. Otherwise, I try not to over protect. I have mild hyperacusis in addition to my noise.
       
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    10. Chelles
      Balanced

      Chelles Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      There should be an option "only when my ear is twitching ".
       
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    11. Zimichael

      Zimichael Member Benefactor

      Location:
      N. California
      Tinnitus Since:
      (1956) > 1980 > 2006 > 2012 > (2015)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ac. Trauma & Ac.Trauma + Meds.
      There should be an option for something like: "When I leave the house but not when walking in the woods, or in my car with windows closed, or in a quiet part of town, or sitting at an outdoor bench talking to a friend who is aware not to yell or sneeze in my ear, etc., etc., etc."

      The "when I leave the house" option takes no account of actual "need for use", or "in cautionary preparation for potential loud sounds" situations for earplugs.

      Thus I have not answered the questionnaire...However, whenever I leave the house I DO have three types of earplugs in my pocket - always. 6dB + "impact" plugs; 25 dB etymotics; pull baffle plugs with maybe 35 dB protection...Ready for anything except getting run over by a fire truck or ambulance at close range.

      Best, Zimichael
       
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    12. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      I answered this:

      Only in loud situations such as concerts, bars, some loud restaurants

      For me, I get a literal feeling of pain in my tinnitus ear (left ear) if I am sitting in a loud setting like a sporting event (like the one I went to last night) if I'm not wearing plugs. My tinnitus is more noticeable with plugs but it certainly beats the potential of further noise damage and the actual pain I feel there.
       
    13. Vikram
      Curious

      Vikram Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      With my 'T', it has been the same low to medium annoying tone and volume (except for only 1 spike I had) for 2 months. Nothing I do spikes/reduces my T.
       
    14. Blair14
      Tired

      Blair14 Member

      Location:
      New Brunswick, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      I have never worn ear plugs because I don't go anywhere too noisy. I used to be able to use a lawnmower until last spring, however ear muffs make my T louder, I also developed H last fall from something.
       
    15. Brianna
      No Mood

      Brianna Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US, NC (the progressive part :) )!
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      No clue - too many causes.
      I'm the odd-woman out again. "Never" had to be selected because I can't wear them. Deafness has its
      bright side to it. It will produce a small skewed result in your polling.

      I need my cochlear implant to allow sounds to diminish the T by allowing outside sounds in my wee
      brain. I understand the need to wear good earplugs (32dB) at concerts for all who can hear.

      My T has gotten worse. I'm taking small steps to change my lifestyle to attack it with realistic expectations
      since T has many unknowns.
       
    16. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      Hey Rico,
      Absolutely the same here.
      I am not habituated yet - although I do everything (more or less) I did before T.
      Even if I do not hear my T (seldom), I am busy with it. We give it too much attention it doesn't deserve.
      I guess this is the normal way with a chronic illness or affliction. We want to have it fixed, but we cannot.
      We are still on our way learning to live with it.
      And one day, we will have silence again. As you know, life is not perfect.
       
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    17. Martin69
      Artistic

      Martin69 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      (Health) Anxiety
      My T is a brain thing.
      It does not react on noise.
      So I only wear ear plugs where I would have done it anyway, even without T.
       
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    18. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      Yup, I agree, and that's why one thing I've started looking at lately is joining some support groups for chronic pain, to try to understand how other people who are afflicted with terrible things, go about trying to maximize the enjoyment they can get from life.
       
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    19. David King
      No Mood

      David King Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Dec 2011
      I usually wear them in loud surroundings, but I've f'ed up a few times recently... I won't make that mistake again...
       
    20. RicoS
      Confused

      RicoS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Netherlands
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress or Acoustic trauma
      I know life is not perfect my friend ...but I just need a brake for 10 seconds....just to know how it felt to have silence again. :meh: Now it is the same change of winning the lottery.... and I do not even play the lottery...so my chances are zero o_O
      I know this will pass and things will be better again...but I live in the now and not in what will be. And now I hate my T ... I do not want to because I could deal with it...but my mind makes me think otherwise at the moment. :grumpy:
       
    21. jeannie
      Stressed

      jeannie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise-induced, Ear Infection, Medication... Who knows?
      I wear earplugs every time I blowdry my hair, so that would be every day just about.and I always carry my custom made plugs with me,or if m


      Mow the grass I wear plugs and the headphone kind too.
       
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    22. James Brown
      Sporty

      James Brown Member

      Location:
      Portugal
      Tinnitus Since:
      09-1998
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposition
      Normally I use a Bilson Viking at work, when I have to go to noisy places. It's the kind of phones the guys who do manouvers at the airports use. I try as much as I can avoid the use of it because after I use it my T gets louder. Outside the work I just use it when I have to take a plain and I have to walk along the runway with the reactors working and a lot of plains passing close. On the street sometimes I have to cover my ears with sirens, car alarms, etc.
      At shopping centers and restaurants sometimes can be a little hard, but I never use protection. I had to stop going to movies, concerts and so on.
       
    23. Sailboardman
      Frustrated

      Sailboardman Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sensorineural hearing loss right ear.
      I use 35db cancelling, ear defenders when I use power tools, lawn equipment, power washers, banging hammers around the house and stuff like that.

      I avoid loud bars, gave up concerts and anywhere I know, it could get really loud. Doubt I'll every witness a fireworks display again.

      Guess I should thought of all this stuff, before I blew out my right ear and got the madman T! (Hind site is truly 20/20)

      Anyway, when are they gonna get off their asses and get us a cure? Screw 10 years of clinical trials, I'll volunteer to take anything reasonable, to get this racket out of my head. Even if it means I'll grow another head in 20 years! who cares?

      (But wait a minute! then I run the risk of having T in 4 ears, instead of 2........Hmmmmmm? let my think about this some more.) };-)

      Sailboardman
       
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    24. SteveToHeal
      Insomnious

      SteveToHeal Member

      Location:
      Unknown
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Got some really good ones made before i left the UK.
      ACS PRO17 for Musicians.
      Pricey. Over 150 pounds.
      But mood so low and depressed at the mo, haven't even bothered to try them out with BIG sound.
      Waiting on RTG to arrive and then hopefully some relief, some hope and then maybe i'll get back in the studio. Here is hoping!
      But would only use them for that.
       
    25. Christian78
      Alone

      Christian78 Member

      Location:
      Gothenburg
      Tinnitus Since:
      (Sep 2013)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      progressive tinnitus, time of expiring in next 3-6 months
      i took voxra medicine and i got it in september 2013

      i took lyrica of iboprofen and it went up for 200% march 2014

      i took corticosteroid and ibuprofen 30% au feb 2015

      what is rtg

      God bless ya, how is it brain thing?
       
    26. amandine

      amandine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      july 2014
      Hi Christian how are you?

      Confused christian - you know this means retigabene........or Trobalt.

      Think he means that his ears do not react to anything - it doesnt get worse or better with noise........believe this is what he meant.

      Hope that helps...........
       
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    27. Christian78
      Alone

      Christian78 Member

      Location:
      Gothenburg
      Tinnitus Since:
      (Sep 2013)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      progressive tinnitus, time of expiring in next 3-6 months
      Well yes rtg i forgot i write is as trobalt :(
       
    28. gary
      Transparent

      gary Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Macomb, MI. USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Who Knows
      Been the same for 3 years, over 65-70% of the time it's like I am standing next to a jet engine
       
    29. MarioT
      No Mood

      MarioT Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress + SSRI medication
      Mine is the same as Martin69's case. Loud environments don't bother me at all, neither does a siren of a firetruck etc. The louder the better, better chance of masking my T. It is near to silence that makes me go bananas! Thatfor I rarely use earplugs.
       
    30. pactribe

      pactribe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert, while wearing earplugs (SNR 19).
      My story as well. Have been wearing ear plugs in clubs through the ridiculing days, long before it was considered 'cool'.

      Still got tinnitus.

      Now always have a pair of good filters in my pocket.
       
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