What Are Decibel Levels in a Cinema?

Discussion in 'Support' started by meeb, May 3, 2017.

    1. meeb
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      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially, now louder due to noise & vibrations.
      I am going to watch an action movie, despite my tinnitus being the worse it has ever been :(

      I will be wearing 28 dB reduction earplugs, I used to wear them in the cinema years ago and I remember feeling comfortable of the sound with them in and I even couldn't hear the talking too well as the plugs were that effective.

      Obviously I am worried, I never used to be as it never used to make my tinnitus worse but in the past 7 months, my tinnitus has gotten horribly worse, a percentage caused by anxiety.
       
    2. NimQ
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      If your T is acting up, I'd sincerely recommend not going to see an action film... This is because even if you do have the highest possible protection from your earplugs, many of the sounds will go straight through via bone conduction. I am replying to this because last December I was making progress with my T, with it little by little getting a bit better. Then I went to see Star Wars movie with earplugs on. The bass trembles etc. went straight through and even though I thought I was safe, it caused a proper setback (all the progress I had was swept aside and my T returned to its worse). I could feel the noise spiking my T and I'm really not able to tell whether it was temporary or did it halt progress that would have otherwise resulted in much lower T... Who knows - all I know that for certain is that it caused my T spike big time and it took a looooooooooooong time to calm down at all.

      The decibel levels of course vary a lot depending on the movie and theatre. Before going to see Star Wars I had just weeks ago seen Doctor Strange etc. So yes, it might not make anything worse - maybe it's even more probable than a permanent spike. But after the experience I had, not sure if I'm willing to take the risk anymore.
       
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    3. Jamie m
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      Jamie m Member

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      Just don't go to IMAX! But I go to movies here and there. I just saw fast and furious. But if you don't feel right don't go!
       
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    4. glynis
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      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      2004
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      Meniere's Disease
      I go the cinema and wear noise reduction plugs and go on fine.
      Went see Fast and Furious 8 not long ago.
      My tinnitus was not due to noise exposure and ok with sound but still like protecting my ears.
      It's your mental well-being also and how it makes you fell and how you cope.
      Love glynis
       
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    5. AUTHOR
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      meeb
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      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially, now louder due to noise & vibrations.
      To be honest, I am not sure I want to sit there listening to my tinnitus with earplugs in with how bad it is right now, I might give it a miss.
       
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    6. Krish230
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      Krish230 Member

      Location:
      London, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced - nightclub
      In a similar situation.

      I have loud noise-induced tinnitus yet I don't want to avoid concerts and cinemas for the rest of my life. I saw the new Star Wars film in December with ear 36Db ear defenders on (quite ridiculous, I know), but had to remove them during the dialogue so I could actually hear the film!! Despite that, the bass managed to cut through the defenders and spiked my T for a few weeks.

      I really need to see some of the latest films though, waiting for a DVD/Blu Ray release would be far too long given that so many of my friends would have seen them months beforehand! :(
       
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    7. Wojtek Kalka
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very loud concert.
      I wear 20db ear plugs and never ever had an issue in twenty years
       
    8. NimQ
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      NimQ Member Benefactor

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      03/2011, got worse 09/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      As I told earlier, the Star Wars movie caused a long spike for me as well. It was indeed full extremely loud bass, especially the action sequences. Ouch.

      Then again maybe most movies are fine with good earplugs, but after that one... well, it's a risk one cannot know before going. I suffered such a bad setback that I really don't know whether it's worth it to go to the movies. At the same time it's a big sacrifice, since it used to be one of my favourite forms of escapism. Oh well.
       
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    9. Wojtek Kalka
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    10. Alue
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      Alue Member

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      Do you have hyperacusis?
       
    11. Wojtek Kalka
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      Wojtek Kalka Member Benefactor

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      No, why?
       
    12. maestromusica
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      maestromusica Member

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      When you have hyperacusis tinnitus is more likely to spike because of noise exposure.
       
    13. Pleasure_Paulie

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      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise or maybe... unicorns!
      Most movies are around 80-85DB with small spikes of 90db. A movie should not cause any damage, but I wear musician plugs just incase :)

      However, you don't need 9000000000 billion decibel reducing plugs for a movie! You're not concrete cutting, using power tools, shooting a gun or in a pumping night club!
       
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    14. maestromusica
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      maestromusica Member

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      That's 10^9000000000000000000 fold reduction in noise. I like this.

      I want those plugs, please add an amazon link ASAP.


      :p





      On a serious note, I hope you're right about those sound levels, I'm looking forward to going to a cinema again one day :)
       
    15. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      What stopping you? Do you have h? If so I understand.
       
    16. Rubenslash

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      When your T is reactive, it can create fear to be exposed to loud sounds even if the H is only minor. But in your case, I wouldn't worry as your T is stable and a cinema visit will not make it worse if protection is worn. (and even without protection, it is possible that you can watch 250 movies with stable T before your T might eventually get worse, it's not recommended though).
       
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    17. maestromusica
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      Club
      Yeah, H.
       
    18. Sam Bridge

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      Tinnitus Since:
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      Loud music/gigs probably
      Ah yeah i guess. Its one of the reasons why im glad i found this site. If I hadn't i would stillbs going to gigs regularly and could of got worse t. I would like to go to a concert again one day but have just bought my first home so i am in no position to risk making it worse right now. Such is life i guess..
       
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      meeb
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      meeb Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud clubs initially, now louder due to noise & vibrations.
      I went, watched Fast 8, unsurprisingly epic for action and didn't dissapoint, tinnitus has changed a bit, only the smallest bit though, I can tel it has been aggravated, or it might just be my anxiety, I do have reactive T and H, hopefully it calms soon. The sound levels with earplugs in felt like 65-75 decibels but there was quite a bit of vibrational bass from time to time which I felt in my body but not in my head at the time.
       
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    20. Krish230
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      Krish230 Member

      Location:
      London, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced - nightclub
      Glad to know I'm not alone with that sort of reactive T :) I really wanted to go and watch Rogue One a second time but didn't think it was worth the risk, so watched it on blu ray instead.

      Just out of curiosity, how loud do sounds need to be give you significant spike like that one caused by the movie?

      I exposed myself yesterday to about two hours of 70Db thumping bass that was coming from an adjacent room and it's horrendously spiked my T, like real bad. Personally it doesn't take that much to spike it.
       
    21. Sam Bridge

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      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      Slightly off topic but I think blu ray often looks better quality than in cinema, of course you need a reasonably good TV but still I think it does. Last time i went to the cinema was Batman V Superman and there were so many people talking/on phones/ popcorn it kinda put me off going.
       

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