Doctors and audiologists tell me to protect my ears under heavy noise conditions like everybody should. Things like power tools, concerts, clubs etc, I should be protected. They also tell me not to overprotect, regular environments like pubs, traffic noise, loud grocery stores, things of this nature are fine. I come on here and a lot of people (including myself) seem to be wearing ear protection in any environment for the most part. Is this because we get a temporary spike? We are worried or even paranoid maybe? Or are we more prone to permanent damage having tinnitus vs. someone without? Are the guidelines different for us? What is safe for others is not for us? Really confused, hope someone can shed some light here!!