Setback After Plane Ride — Tinnitus Now Louder Than Ever

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sambiz, Dec 30, 2019.

    1. Sambiz

      Sambiz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      I've been dealing with tinnitus for over a decade and have had several setbacks and every time I think oh no this is it then I habituate. Well it's happened again after a trip I took. I've been on planes before with no problem but this time I was in the very back and it was extremely loud, it caught me off guard.

      I went a few minutes without putting my earplugs in, but it was too late, the damage was done. To be honest it's louder and more intense then ever.

      It's been 6 months and I'm still struggling.

      I finally learned that you can't mess around with tinnitus. You can never let your guard down and assume things are ok, that's just a lie. Precaution must be taken always.
       
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    2. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Well I’m in airplanes all the time... so I can’t wait for this to happen.

      I’m sorry your tinnitus got worse... what type of plane was it?
      Did you have earplugs in for takeoff?
       
    3. Yoshi
      Wishful

      Yoshi Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earphones, Bus Braking, Burping (air enters ear canal)
      That's just how messed up things are. You can travel all around the world without tinnitus and not suffer any hearing damage from air travel, but once you have tinnitus not only can you damage your hearing with formerly safe sounds, you can also cause it to spike for longer. Have you tried taking Clonazepam or Xanax? Both are reputed to temporarily help with tinnitus, anything for a little relief until you habituate again or it returns to baseline.
       
    4. Mark A
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      Mark A Member

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      So sorry to hear. I don't know how we can be on guard all the time for decades and never suffer exposure, accidental or letting our guard down. I have traveled on flights many times without issue, but always armed with good hearing protection. I think my hearing gets more susceptible to trauma as I get older and have to be even more vigilant. I hope your tinnitus gets better soon or you get used to the new baseline. Take care of yourself.:)
       
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    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      destroy all creatures. they cannot be regenerated.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      I am sorry to hear this. I know it's already been quite a while, but I certainly hope things settle down more in the time to come.

      I had tinnitus for a decade that I thought I understood, and then in my case it was a concert that turned it into a completely different animal; very unpleasant, but somewhat less scary just because it involved sustained exposure to noise I knew I should be getting away from and did not, so it had less of a feeling of randomness to it and more of a sense that I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

      I always get seats forward of wing and I use 22db silicone plugs from jetway to jetway; this has allowed me to so far continue to travel as I need to without problems I am aware of, but I don't take anything for granted. I took a db meter to the back of a very small jet once and noted that it was reading well into the upper 80s, which made me think the crew sitting there with no ear protection might eventually regret it, but it wasn't insanely loud. I think that's the loudest plane I've ever been on; do you happen to know the model of plane?
       
    6. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      My anxiety ramps up because my tinnitus screams with even 5 dB earplugs... how do you handle the (perceived) loudness increase with earplugs?
       
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      Sambiz

      Sambiz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      It was a commercial airliner not sure exact size but it wasn't tiny but small in comparison to other planes I've been in. I don't travel much. Anyway my seat was in the very back of the plane I don't know if that made a difference. But the jets were louder than I've ever heard before. I sort of hesitated thinking I'll be fine once we take off but the volume stayed about the same even after take off. At one point I felt a pain in my right ear and thought ok I'll put in my ear plugs. Hindsight always being 20/20 I shouldn't of hesitated a minute. Like I said I've flown before with no problems, this plane was just loud AF.
       
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      Sambiz

      Sambiz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Yeah, I've used both they help out especially for sleep or just to calm down when anxiety is super high. I'm not dependent on them though, just use on emergencies. Thanks
       
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      AUTHOR
      Sambiz

      Sambiz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      No idea of the model of the plane, but I was in the very back seats and it wasn't a very large plane. I got caught slipping not knowing what I was getting into. I pulled my earplugs out too late. I think you have a good strategy, I wish I had to do over again. I'd be wiser. Thanks
       
    10. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      How are you now?
       
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    11. Jack V

      Jack V Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      please stop editing my posts - thanks
      One thing I'm wondering about is if silicone plugs might interfere with the process of pressurization as the plane ascends and descends. Any concerns with that or is there sufficient airflow with your plugs that it's a non-issue?
       
    12. Sash
      Doubtful

      Sash Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/01/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      cleaning out wax
      I think recent one hour flight made it lot worse. In fact when you have Tinnitus sound threshold decreases and decreases and then every sound more than 60-70 decibels becomes a concern
       
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    13. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Earplanes are designed to equalize the pressure, but they are not high in terms of NRR rating. Some folks have reported using foam earplugs fully throughout a plane ride without any issues.
       
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    14. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Was it a turboprop plane?
       
    15. Don Tinny

      Don Tinny Member

      Location:
      Argentina
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017 (worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert with ear plugs
      Yes. Recently I went to my daughter to the video games (4 or 5 times) and my tinnitus got worse. Now I lost my moderate days. No fluctuations anymore. :(
       
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    16. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      It got worse even with earplugs eh?
       
    17. Brian newman

      Brian newman Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/28/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Shooting/loud noise
      Sorry this happened to you. If it makes you feel any better I’m in the same boat as you except I manage a bike shop so there is tire explosions all the time. Most of the time it does not affect my tinnitus much but today I was right next to it and man did it sound like dynamite. I wish I could get away from it because I am pretty terrified of my t getting worse. I’m now gonna wear an earplug in my bad ear with the t from now on . But I hope your t is doing better now . I think your fine unless you have any recorded hearing loss. If it was only a few minutes I don’t think there can be much damage there from that
       
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    18. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Wearing triple flange silicone earplugs, or foam earplugs will not be an issue on airplanes.
      I have used both, especially foam earplugs for 30 years in airplanes.

      In a bike shop, I would be wearing earplugs... that’s a minefield! Sorry that happened.

      Even though I tell coworkers about my hyperacusis... they forget and do stupid things 2 minutes later... always have earplugs. My earplugs are in all the time at work... it’s a PITA...
       
    19. Don Tinny

      Don Tinny Member

      Location:
      Argentina
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017 (worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert with ear plugs
      Yes. Big spike after loud videogames with silicon earplugs. Now it's difficult to have a complete "good" day. Loud tinnitus returns easily.
       

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