What's More Damaging? Clapping to Your Head Once or Being in a Bar (Only Chatter) for a Few Hours?

Discussion in 'Support' started by RichardRR, May 22, 2015.

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    1. RichardRR
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      RichardRR Member

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      10/2011
      Just wanted to get a question and answer thread going on things compared to other things and which could pose a bigger risk to your hearing/tinnitus. So here's my question,

      Which is worse, someone clapping close to your head once, or being in a bar (no live music just chatter) for a few hours?
       
    2. RichardRR
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      RichardRR Member

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      10/2011
      So basically 120-130 decibels for a second or 85-90 for a few hours.
       
    3. Mark Beehre
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      Mark Beehre Member Benefactor

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      05/2008 // 11/2014
      Well...I would prefer the clap to the bar noise. I can handle sudden sounds fairly well. I can't handle loud sustained noise. I suppose it would depend on your circumstances right?
       
    4. RichardRR
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      RichardRR Member

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      10/2011
      I'd tend to agree, but I'm talking actually physical damage.
       
    5. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

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      02/2011
      I think that loud impulse sounds cause more damage. The stapedial reflex does not have time to activate and the inner ear gets the sound in the face full force.
       
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    6. LadyDi
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      LadyDi Member Benefactor

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      I sense there are others here (@Nucleo?) with more scientific knowledge than me. But I think neither scenario poses a serious long-term risk to your tinnitus or hearing. Protecting our ears and hearing is important, before and after tinnitus. But I think tinnitus tends to make some of us (including me initially) hyper vigilant.
       
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    7. Mark Beehre
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      Mark Beehre Member Benefactor

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      Well a clap is more of a split second thing rather than an actual second...I know it's arguing symantics but it makes a difference and I'd be genuinely surprised if a clap was 130db.

      A gunshot on the other hand is a different story...
       
    8. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

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      New York
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      2012
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      Noise / Possible Medication
      Look up the sound exposure guide lines and articles on the actual purpose of the acoustic reflex. It is a temporary reflex which provides minimal attenuation. You could withstand 121 dB for 5-7 with out doing damage. A clap is generally 95 db if loud. This is a pointless thread though.
       
    9. RichardRR
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      RichardRR Member

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      10/2011
      Man, whatever if it's a pointless thread. Every thread is pointless if you don't care about it. What's pointless to some might matter to others. Keep your negativity to yourself, it's not like the website has a finite amount of space as to not be able to have one more post on it. Thanks for the info, but kindly go away.
       
    10. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member

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      06/2011
      Good question, but it depends on some variables like the proximity of the clap to you ear- if its from 10feet away, that is much better than 10inches away full force clap, in which case I would prefer the bar.
      There are documented incidences of people getting tinnitus and hearing loss from a kiss on the ear!
       
    11. linearb
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      linearb Member Hall of Fame

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      1998
      I wouldn't say "pointless" as much as "counterproductive", because endless speculation along lines of thinking which express excessive anxiety about usual sound, probably help fuel tinnitus obsession.
       
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    12. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      England
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      7/2014
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      Ear infection
      You'll get tinnitus from anything...Blooming evolution haha
       
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    13. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

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      I apologize for sounding negative. Seriously that's not me and I didn't mean to belittle a real fear you have . Please accept my apology if I came off that way. Oh and and btw the last post was directed at @Nucleo in response to his answer. I didn't mean to offend or belittle again.
       
    14. SoulStation
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      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

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      2012
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      Noise / Possible Medication
      I think this is a better way of putting it.
       
    15. DudeMannDude
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      Sudden percussive noises are usually the worst. I can not be in the same room as a drummer without full ear protection.
       

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