What’s It Like Wearing Earmuffs at the Dentist?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Karl28, Dec 3, 2019.

    1. Karl28
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      Karl28 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2001 bad since 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music via headphones
      I haven't been to the dentist in ages but back in the day I used to wear earplugs and when they did that ultrasonic scaler thing it would sound so loud and intense because of the earplugs and the muffled effect inside my head.

      Is it as bad with earmuffs?
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    2. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      I have not worn ear plugs, nor ear muffs at the dentist. Both will give you an occlusion effect, as the sound gets trapped inside, so neither is a good plan. The occlusion effect should be a little less pronounced theoretically as there is more space for the sound to dissipate to.

      The better plan is to you a noise cancelling headphone that can cancel out the noise of the drill at the dentist. I think dentists should offer this to their patients more and have it available.

      I went to the dentist a few months ago, and had a tooth filling with drilling, and my T did not spike. I think the drill was a quieter model.
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    3. Juan

      Juan Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      I havent tried that but my feeling is you will hear sound through bone conduction.. a lot. Maybe worse than without earmuffs.
    4. Tex

      Tex Member

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      They use a manual scaler on me now. Try requesting that.
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    5. MattS

      MattS Member

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      Power Tools
      I just went to the dentist, and specifically asked that they not use the ultrasonic scaler. My hygienist was happy to oblige, and just worked on me manually. No problems.
    6. Michael B

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      San Diego, CA
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      I have an upcoming dental appointment and my dentist actually provides noise cancelling headphones. While I don't use headphones/earphones any longer, I suspect I will use them this week.

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