Tinnitus Worse After Sleeping with Silicone Earplugs In (No Pain)

Discussion in 'Support' started by Rust, Sep 5, 2019.

    1. Rust
      Fine

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      (2008 initially) 2015 as I know it today
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Initially stress, but noise exposure made it worse
      Hi all,

      I’m quite confused, and would love to hear on any insight, opinions or experiences from anyone that may have experienced something similar to me.

      9 days ago I went to bed very late and inserted some squidgy mouldable silicone earplugs because my neighbours were making noise from their footsteps walking upstairs.

      I woke up 4 hours later with no ear pain or strange feeling, but with a louder ringing in the ear I was sleeping on – this ringing hasn’t subsided in 9 days.

      I didn’t worry at first, but now I’m starting to get concerned because the spike hasn’t subsided and I have no idea as to why my tinnitus is now louder in this ear.

      My only thoughts were that the suction from the mouldable plug could of caused some sort of negative pressure in my ear, but usually if I experience that it is normally painful or sore – this was no soreness or pain!

      Any ideas? And more importantly, it should go down soon, right?

      Thanks, as always
      R
       
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    2. shan
      Lurking

      shan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      God knows
      I tried sleeping with foam ear plugs twice due to noisy neighbour upstairs as well. Each time my ears felt sore and developed an extra tone. I cannot remember how long that lasted but I know it went away. I don't know what's the cause but all I learnt is I cannot sleep with earplugs.

      I hope yours settle down quickly.
       
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    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Rust
      Fine

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      (2008 initially) 2015 as I know it today
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Initially stress, but noise exposure made it worse
      Thank you. I hope they do settle down like yours too!
      I have always been fine wearing ear plugs sleeping, which is strange.
       
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    4. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Rust
      Fine

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      (2008 initially) 2015 as I know it today
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Initially stress, but noise exposure made it worse
      Anyone else have any other experiences?
       
    5. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      I can't explain or relate to this, sorry.

      I sleep with silicone earplugs a lot, for similar reasons. If anything it tends to calm my tinnitus down. Sometimes if I do it for too long it can make my ear feel itchy, and when that happens I throw out my plugs, clean my ears with peroxide or soap, and don't use them for a couple nights.
       
    6. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Rust
      Fine

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      (2008 initially) 2015 as I know it today
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Initially stress, but noise exposure made it worse
      Thanks. I’ve slept with them in for years too with no issue. I’m very confused. They were a slightly larger pair than usual (a newer model), so my only thoughts are that it could be some sort of suction/pressure issue whilst I was sleeping.
       
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    7. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I only use the foam plugs to sleep, and it consistently calms my tinnitus down. I have no experience with the moldable silicone ones. But know they are less protective.

      My thought is either some tinnitus from:

      1. An allergic reaction to them
      2. Removal was done too quickly and a suction effect
      3. A loud sound when asleep and the earplug was not protective enough
      4. Delayed spike from some other noise exposure

      Hope it gets better soon, but I would not use that model of earplug again.
       
    8. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Rust
      Fine

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      (2008 initially) 2015 as I know it today
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Initially stress, but noise exposure made it worse
      Thanks. Who knows. It’s still really bad, so I’ll have to wait and see. I’ll post an update at some point.
       
    9. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Feel better soon, and hope it gets better with some time.
       
    10. Extreme
      Paranoid

      Extreme Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Something very similar happened to me. Less than two months ago they began construction on our street. It was really loud so I began using earplugs to be able to sleep at 6 am. Keep in mind I've used ear plugs numerous times over my life. Also, I've never had an issue with ear ringing. For some reason though, after just about an hour sleeping with the earplugs in, I woke up and heard ringing in my right ear. It bothers me a lot when things are silent. It sure seems like the ear plug caused it. I've been afraid to go to the doctor and a bit busy (we went on vacation a week ago). At first the ringing seemed to be on and off but it became constant.

      I do have bad allergies. They have never caused ear ringing. I used to have severe TMJ. It did not cause ear ringing. I don't have issues with ear wax. I rarely ever had ear infections. I've had chronic sinusitis when I was young and it never caused ear ringing. I had clogged ears countless times and never had any ringing for more than a few seconds. Basically, my ears were pretty damn good. So, just WTF?

      This is not severe at all, but I panic because I have very, very good hearing and this will bug the hell out of me.

      I'm actually kinda relieved I'm not the only one.
       
    11. Extreme
      Paranoid

      Extreme Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      What does yours sound like?

      Everyone: Don't click the link if you have bad tinnitus. Also, lower your volume a lot before clicking.

      I went through a ton of videos and finally found something that's kind of similar. Mine is like it but lower, softer. More of a humming to it. But mine doesn't sound anything like all the others there. It's at 1:37

      What Does Tinnitus Sounds Like? - Ear Hearing...
       

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