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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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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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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