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Old 12th January 2012, 06:39 PM   #21
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Interesting article, thanks.
I tend to always carry a pair of foam plugs around with me these days.
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Old 12th January 2012, 06:43 PM   #22
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3M just published an article on ear protection. It covers the types of hearing protection and topics such as caring and cleaning but also covers the basics of why you need it such as the specific sounds and noise we need protection from. There's a section for musicians too. Thought it might be helpful.
I use the silly cone ones, though they can't washed as far as I know.
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Old 12th January 2012, 06:49 PM   #23
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I use the silly cone ones, though they can't washed as far as I know.
They 'aint silly 10 or 20 years down the line when it's everyone else who can't hear.
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Old 12th January 2012, 07:22 PM   #24
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They 'aint silly 10 or 20 years down the line when it's everyone else who can't hear.


I sleep with them actually, since I don't want to wake up from my own snoring...
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Old 23rd January 2012, 12:14 PM   #25
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Another update.

This Friday I have an appointment at a Tinnitus clinic at Henry Ford.

However working with the muscle therapist and me doing a ton of reading focused on Sommatic Tinnitus.

There is a muscle called the SCM, sternocleidomastoid, that runs down both sides of the neck. I've had chronic beck strain/pain, nothing ever too bad but it was there.

The SCM is thought to be a partially/wholly related to non-hearing loss tinnitus. I could push on the muscle in my neck, it runs down both sides and you can feel it, directly between the ear/shoulder, pretty big muscle. I could push on it and the pitch of the noise would change.

So now with a series of stretches and muscle work it comes and goes. I'm noise free probably 35-45 percent of the time now. We'll get to 100 percent but it requires a lot of stretches and physical work.

They still feel holding the router and doing precision work, coupled with maybe a protection reaction to the noise like tensing caused it.

I had severe ear pain that went away as we worked on the muscle and my sensitivity to sound has gone away. I can sit in a certain position and the noise is very loud, sit in another and its nearly silent.

The loudest noise I've exposed myself so far was a few hockey games but I wore ear plugs once it started, and a few movies, 2 of them being at the iMax.

Still very pleased with the results and the fact it has gotten me working on being in shape more. The neuromuscular person has been fantastic and its amazing the amount of noise change I go through as she worked on me.
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Old 23rd January 2012, 01:30 PM   #26
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yeah, I get the same result if I press/stretch that muscle.
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Old 24th January 2012, 06:32 AM   #27
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yeah, I get the same result if I press/stretch that muscle.
Dirk,

Since your wife does muscle work check these out:

Sternocleidomastoid syndrome: a case study

Neural mechanisms underlying somatic tinnitus

http://www.tinnitusresearch.org/en/s...c_Tinnitus.pdf

I'd say 30 percent of the work the therapist does is inside the mouth. My wife says "enjoy your massage" when I leave the house with a smile thinking I'm going to some kind of oriental spa She has no idea how painful it is.

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Old 24th January 2012, 01:00 PM   #28
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Thanks. Oh, my rolfer works inside my mouth sometimes. It's not fun. They also occasionally work up the nose as well, which is really painful...
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Old 24th January 2012, 01:40 PM   #29
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Tinnitus is no fun and these 'harmless' noises can certainly drive a man mad.
I have lived slightly more than two years with tinnitus until it was gone.
So there is hope!
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Old 25th January 2012, 09:39 PM   #30
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Just for interest,

I wear foam plugs when using power tools or by loud machines..I always wear them in loud areas

Here is a short tale,

While fault finding on some PLC controlled hydraulic/ pneumatic machines (with protection) I could not tell if a solenoid was going in during the auto cycle.

So I took off my foam protectors and started the cycle, moved close to the valve bank and listened for the click..SHOOOOOOOWACK....
beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee<<from my ears. The silencer had been taken off the exhaust port because it had blocked...the pain was mind numbing.. half an hour later I could hear again..had to go and get tested..I was lucky all was OK..frightened me..

The morale to this story is, your ears get used to the quiet with protection on. Take it of and get exposed to loud noise and your even more vulnerable.
Don't take them off...

Another thought...just because you can't hear it is it dangerous. Think about high or low frequency that you can't or can only just hear....now when do you wear ear protection??

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