Should I Be Wearing Earplugs Outside the House?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Annika1884, May 1, 2018.

    1. Annika1884

      Annika1884 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Dec
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      Music
      Not sure if I need to wear earplugs everyday.

      Many thanks.

      Sarah
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Welcome to the forum. It all depends on how stable your ears are. If you are still having trouble with sensitive ears when more loud noises can cause spikes or ear fullness, then yes you need to protect as much as possible. If your ears are stable and T is managable, then perhaps protect only for loud venues and keep the plugs off for normal ambient sounds of the environment you are in. That will help the ears to harden to everyday noises. Over protection can lead to sound sensitivity. So use prudence and only you know your ears the best. Take care. God bless.
       
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    3. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      You should ask a professional about it: it depends on many aspects of your hearing.
       
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    4. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      It’s a very broad question and it really depends on what you are doing outside the house? And is the area where you live inherently noisy? If the answer is no to the second question and you’re not going to be using any noisy machinery or power tools, or something along those lines, then I’d say the answer is no. Your ears are not designed to be continually blocked off. If there is no immediate risk then I see no reason to plug up your ears.

      You can’t go wrong with professional advice as Greg has pointed out.
       
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    5. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

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      It is a good idea to protect your ears. Over protecting can possibly lead to fear, paranoia, OCDs and even hyperacusis. You make your own choices, I just shared my view :)
       
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    6. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      In other words, don’t just plug your ears for the sake of it.
       
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    7. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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    8. Bill Bauer
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      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

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      If you are walking along side a road where there are trucks and motorcycles, then you might consider wearing earplugs.

      If you are at a place where doors are being slammed often, you will want to wear earplugs. I am often happy about wearing earplugs inside of supermarkets and big stores.

      But if you are walking in a park, it ought to be ok to not wear any ear protection.

      Wear earplugs for a week, note whether or not there are noises that make you happy about wearing earplugs, and continue wearing earplugs at that place where you encountered those noises, and stop wearing earplugs at all other places (but have muffs handy, in case a fire alarm goes off).
       
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    9. Gabriel5050
      Balanced

      Gabriel5050 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2018
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      Noise exposure (most likely)
      In the next few weeks I will have to go outside. I wanted to revive a thread like this to ask how people approach wearing protection while going outside in the city. Places like offices, malls, banks, the usual.

      I for one thought using foam plugs for commuting and musician plugs in the buildings where I need to communicate with people.

      What do you guys think?
       
    10. Drachen
      Tired

      Drachen Member

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      December 2020
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      Currently unknown; likely noise-induced
      I have only used foam earplugs, so I can only speak to their use. Musician's earplugs are something I am considering investing in though.

      As long as people are talking in a normal tone of voice, you can generally hear them if you are close enough. The earplugs do well to block out all of the noises you might encounter say if you're in a supermarket.

      Unfortunately, I generally dislike wearing them as when you have less external stimulus, the phantom noise gets louder. If you intend to visit loud places, however, you should protect your ears.
       
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    11. twa
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      twa Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      meds/acoustic trauma
      I've been wearing foam plugs for the last few months and the custom ear molds for about a month. The custom ear molds are harder to put in the ear, so it's not as convenient. There are still times when I place them in and I wonder if they are sitting correctly. They also have interchangeable filters. I placed the musician filter in the molds before I went out last week and there was a loud sound in proximity to me on two occasions. I was glad I had them in, but wondered if the protection was adequate.

      You get used to wearing both types of ear protection over time. Prior to my acoustic trauma, I had never worn ear plugs, shame I know. Now, I wear them any time I leave the house as I'm just a few months in and I've had several incidents of loud noise without any warning.

      I do think if I were to go to a concert or movie, neither one would be adequate for protection for extremely loud sounds. I would look into an ear muff. These are all my non professional observations acquired over the last few months to protect myself. I have asked a lot of questions. Two out of three doctors never mentioned the need to wear ear protection. The audiologist who made my ear molds did not know the level of protection from the custom molds (my pet peeve in the world of professionals, know your product!).

      Best to you!
      twa
       
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    12. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I don't wear earplugs anytime I leave the house. I do wear them with loud sound exposure is expected, but that is sometimes hard to predict.
       
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