Precautions for New Job with Loud Atmosphere — Hearing Protection?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Darkener, Jul 9, 2019.

    1. Darkener
      Frustrated

      Darkener Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown / Possibly wearing ear plugs every night?
      I’m starting a new job. But the problem is, I need hearing protection as it’s a loud atmosphere.
      Does anyone have any advice on what hearing protection I should use?

      I had an ear infection recently. It’s still painful despite treatment so I’m assuming the infection was deeper than just outer ear. I don’t think the ear plugs would be a good idea. Which leaves me with the option for headphones, which are pretty tight on the head to keep out the noise. When I wear them, though, after a while the area around my ears becomes painful and my tinnitus increases. With no air getting to them, that can’t help either.

      I’ve only had one shift so far (12 hour shift from 7pm!). Will this affect my hearing long term if I continue wearing them?
       
    2. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Have you considered noise cancelling headphones? They aren't that heavy/tight.
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Darkener
      Frustrated

      Darkener Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown / Possibly wearing ear plugs every night?
      What are they like? Are they ones that play sounds to mask tinnitus?
       
    4. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      • Agree Agree x 2
    5. Julien87
      Happy

      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      Hello, how loud is the atmosphere? 70 dB? 80 dB?
      What kind of work is it? If I may ask.

      Yes, noise cancelling headphones emit waves that cancel the noise of the external noise. Bose Quietcomfort is an example of NC headphones.
       
    6. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      No, they are the ones that work like ear muffs. You can also play sounds through them as well.
       
    7. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      If you already have tinnitus, find another job. That would be my advice if you didn't have it too. Noisy jobs increase the chances of getting tinnitus.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Darkener
      Frustrated

      Darkener Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown / Possibly wearing ear plugs every night?
      I know, but it’s a really good job.
      It’s temporary too. Not longer than 12 weeks. I didn’t think that would be too bad.
       
    9. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      I have said the same things in the past. Not worth it, trust me.

      I had jobs before I had tinnitus and I would have dropped all of the noisy ones if I had another chance.
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Darkener
      Frustrated

      Darkener Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown / Possibly wearing ear plugs every night?
      I’m fairly certain my tinnitus was brought on by neck problems. But I get where you’re coming from.
       

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