Tinnitus Much Louder with Earplugs — Is That Normal?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tinniger, Aug 20, 2017.

    1. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uncertain, now very somatic, started with noise?
      My tinnitus is a high-frequency hissing in the left ear (like old television), - and can be influenced by movement of muscles or pressure to the head. It gets very loud, when putting ear plugs (foam) in, and becomes "normal" again putting them out., maybe a little bit masked by the normal noise of the surrounding.

      Is that a normal tinnitus?
       
    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      It is normal to be able to hear T better when you have earplugs in, and the background noise doesn't mask T as well.
       
    3. Tweaker
      Transparent

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      Same thing happens to me. I can't stand wearing them for very long. It is because you block outside sounds and can only hear the internal tinnitus noise.
       
    4. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Totally normal
       
    5. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Yes it is. Earplugs make my tinnitus scream. Interestingly, earmuffs that block out about the same amount of noise don't seem to make my tinnitus as bad as earplugs do.
       
    6. Jake007

      Jake007 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Nebraska
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss for long time, chainsaw, infections
      Muffs work better than plugs for me, plugs seem to spike my T. But if I plug/muff my ears completely, my tinnitus goes higher ten fold. That's usually do to hearing loss.
       
    7. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      Yes. Totally normal. Many people hear something when they plug their ears completely too.
       
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      Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Uncertain, now very somatic, started with noise?
      How to use noiser or masker if tinnitus gets very loud with plugs in the ear?
       
    9. quietatnight
      Frustrated

      quietatnight Member

      Location:
      Rockford IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma / firecracker
      @Tinniger

      If you put in ear plugs, of course your tinnitus is going to seem louder, your blocking out a lot of the background sounds that naturally mask your tinnitus. But it's not going to do any damage to your hearing. It will go back down when you take out the plugs. Not worth worrying about.


      Take care

      Louie
      Quietatnight
       
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