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Doctor insights on: Custom Molded Ear Plugs

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When making custom molded ear plugs and they put the silicone foam in which hardens, can some get stuck inside and lead to muffled/ringing feeling?

When making custom molded ear plugs and they put the silicone foam in which hardens, can some get stuck inside and lead to muffled/ringing feeling?

Unlikely: It would be unlikely but anything is possible. If have experienced worsening in your hearing after the procedure, ask the audiologist to take a look at your ears and this should cost you nothing. ...Read more

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How can you sleep with noisy neighbours? I don't have ear plugs by the way.

How can you sleep with noisy neighbours? I don't have ear plugs by the way.

Sleep: Eat plugs are cheap, and can be found at any hardware store. Another thing you can do is speak with the neighbors directly, or speak with the landlord. In the worst possible case, speak with the police. ...Read more

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Aside from ear plugs and protective headphones, how can I protect my hearing?

Aside from ear plugs and protective headphones, how can I protect my hearing?

Monitor loud noises: Be careful about exposure to loud noises and music. Sometimes viral infections, lyme disease, other collagen vascular diseases however can cause sudden hearing loss. ...Read more

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Can ear plugs be helpful in avoiding ears pain that occurs when plane decends?

Can ear plugs be helpful in avoiding ears pain that occurs when plane decends?

Not certain : The ear pain during flights may actually be middle ear, and ear plugs will not affect that. It's the different barometric pressure's that you receive when you are flying. ...Read more

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Are ear plugs safe?

Are ear plugs safe?

Yes: Yes to protect from noise exposure and keep water out on the surface. The standard ear plugs are not safe for diving! ...Read more

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What type of ear plugs are best for sleeping?

What type of ear plugs are best for sleeping?

Personalize: So long as you don't have issues with otitis externa (outer ear infections) any type should be fine. Try the foam ones but, make sure to check them daily to make sure they're intact; you don't want one to break up in your ear canal because you've used it for too long. If those aren't your bag, go for the wax ones. If that fails, see an ENT for customized ear plugs. ...Read more

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General medical #: i usually sleep with foam ear plugs. Can this damage my inner ear?

General medical #: i usually sleep with foam ear plugs. Can this damage my inner ear?

No: No, ear plugs that stay in the external ear cause no damage. Even if it pushes or goes through the ear drum, that would cause middle ear damage. It is unlikely but not impossible to cause inner ear damage but you have to try very hard to do it. ...Read more

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After firing 10 shots on a firing range with ear plugs my right ear feels as if it is blocked. This was my first time & will be my last.

After firing 10 shots on a firing range with ear plugs my right ear feels as if it is blocked.  This was my first time & will be my last.

Ear Wax: You may have packed some cerumen into the deeper portion of the ear canal by inserting the plugs. See your doctor to get evaluated, with a possible ear irrigation. ...Read more

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Can you use ear-plugs when listening to a loud concert or in a club?

Can you use ear-plugs when listening to a loud concert or in a club?

Excellent idea: It is an excellent idea to use the soft foam type ear plugs that form to the ear canal if you expect to be exposed to loud noises / sounds such as at a concert near the stage or at a club. Prolonged exposure to loud noises could damage the hearing appratus including nerve damage. Permanent ringing in the ears - tinnitus and hearing loss are possible results of such exposure. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear spongy soft ear plugs every night. My husband snores?

Is it safe to wear spongy soft ear plugs every night. My husband snores?

Yes but: Yes but be aware ear wax can build up over time and be difficult to remove if earplugs are used for months-years. If you start to have ear wax/hearing issues, start using ear wax removal materials to help remove ear way (ie, warm coconut oil or dilute hydrogen peroxide if MD says is ok). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pseudomonas dermatitis from wearing dirty ear plugs?

Is it possible to get pseudomonas dermatitis from wearing dirty ear plugs?

Yes: Pseudomonas sp. Are bacteria that love warm moist environments and many perfectly healthy people will grow pseudomonas from a culture taken of their ear canals, especially those with hearing aids and using ear plugs. For noise reduction there are many cheap disposable ear plugs. Ear buds as are used as "headphones" can be easily cleaned with an alcohol swab. ...Read more

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Please tell me can ear plugs get wedged in your ears if you sleep on your side?

Please tell me can ear plugs get wedged in your ears if you sleep on your side?

Possibly: If the ear plug is small enough that is possible. Why do you wear ear plugs at time of sleep? That is the more important question. Doing this may eventually cause irritation of the ear canal skin and could lead to external otitis, infection of the skin of the external ear canal. ...Read more

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I get loud ringing in my ears when I wear ear plugs, but only sometimes. What's causing this?

I get loud ringing in my ears when I wear ear plugs, but only sometimes. What's causing this?

Tinnitus: Ringing in ears is a very common symptom. Most often it is a benign though annoying condition. It can also be a symptom of more serious conditions. If you also have vertigo with the tinnitus, then you should see an ENT specialist for advise. ...Read more

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Could sleeping with ear plugs cause tinnitus?

Could sleeping with ear plugs cause tinnitus?

No: Tinnitus can be caused by a number of disease entities which include hearing loss, head injury, tmd, viral infection, dental infection. It is therefore non-specific and there is evidence that it is the result of synchronous discharge of neurons in the auditory nervous system of the brain. There is no evidence that sleeping with ear plugs would cause tinnitus. ...Read more