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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Sleep With Earplugs Everyday

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Is it safe to sleep with earplugs everyday?

Is it safe to sleep with earplugs everyday?

Yes, with care: Ear plugs are generally safe however they may push wax into your ears and cause a cerumen impaction in some folks. Also keep them clean or replace them regularly to prevent contamination and possible infection. If your wearing them due to painful hearing, and not just to reduce noise so you can sleep better, your should see a doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I want to block noise so I can sleep. Buy noise cancelling headphones vs cheap earplugs?

I want to block noise so I can sleep. Buy noise cancelling headphones vs cheap earplugs?

Noise with sleep: Use ear plugs first. They will likely help. Also, try adding a fan, music (i.e., classical), or a machine making noises like the ocean or a stream to cancel out the other. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with earplugs create risks such as not hearing smoke detectors and alarms?

Can sleeping with earplugs create risks such as not hearing smoke detectors and alarms?

Depends: If you can hear your alarm clock with your earplugs in, then i would assume you could hear the smoke detector which is usually louder. I suppose, to be absolutely safe, you could arrange for someone to set it off while you are sleeping. ...Read more

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I am very sensitive to noise, and that disturbs me a lot when sleeping. How do I sleep without earplugs?

I am very sensitive to noise, and that disturbs me a lot when sleeping. How do I sleep without earplugs?

Controlled noise: Usually it is more startle that wakes people. So if you are sensitive to noise, i would recommend a sound machine or white noise (like static on radio) that you can control so it may drown out little noises that may wake you because they are "out of the ordinary and unexpected.". ...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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I am suffering from sleeping disorders(insomnia) please help me in solving this problem? Tried earplugs and noise machines.

Sleep Hygine: 1- avoid electronics, exercise or reading 2 hours prior to go to bed 2. Do not work in bed 3. Go to sleep and get up at the same time, every day 4. Avoid stimulants and alcohol several hours prior to bedtime 5. Exercise in the morning or mid day. Get some sun 6. Keep the temperature in your room comfortable, avoid feeling hot 7. Keep the room dark 8. Try relaxation exercises or mediation b4 sleep. ...Read more

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Got blocked ears most of the time in the morning. If I use earplugs to sleep it gets worse. Seems like my ears are really waxy. Thanks for help?

Got blocked ears most of the time in the morning. If I use earplugs to sleep it gets worse. Seems like my ears are really waxy. Thanks for help?

Hearing loss: You should have your hearing loss investigated by your physician as soon as possible. If the cause is simply due to impacted cerumen, it can be treated very easily by its removal. A further hearing test should definitely be done to rule out the reduced hearing. ...Read more

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I am sleep deprived due to husband's snoring. (Use earplugs) Husband had a sleep study and had no apnea. How can we help his snoring? (Not overweight)

I am sleep deprived due to husband's snoring. (Use earplugs) Husband had a sleep study and had no apnea. How can we help his snoring? (Not overweight)

Snoring: Greetings, when I see couples like you and your husband I am happy that he doesn't have sleep apnea and the possible disease states that usually follow but I'm also sad for the sleep deprived bed partner. Try the afrin test. Have him use afrin nasal spray as directed for no longer than 5 days. Take note of his snoring days 3,4&5. If the snoring has resolved, it's probably coming from his nose. ...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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I wear earplugs nightly when sleeping. Can this "pack" earwax in, in a bad way?

Not necessarily: Ear plugs can promote ear wax to become "packed" but it is not problematic unless you notice your hearing is decreased or you experience ear pain; in which case I would recommend a visit for an exam. I do advise cleaning the ear plugs with an alcohol swab weekly or just using new ones - this is to prevent bacterial accumulation which could cause infection. ...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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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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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

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My boyfriend snors so loud i can not sleep I have to wear ear plugs and take sleep meds what should I do and how do I confront him thank you?

My boyfriend snors so loud i can not sleep I have to wear ear plugs and take sleep  meds what should I do and how do I confront him thank you?

Sleep evaluation: See a sleep doctor for an overnight sleep evalution to evaluate cause of snoring and possible sleep apnea. Primary snoring may be helped by dental drvices and even surgery. Osa is treated with CPAP device. Additionally sound canceling devices can be used as a last resort they cancel the sound of snoring and you hear nothing. ...Read more

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Is it harmful at all to wear ear plugs while sleeping at night?

Safe ones are safe: Commercial ones cannot get deep into canal, so they are physically safe. Of course you could miss hearing a smoke alarm, or emergency call or intruder, but that's not really the same as causing harm. Just don't push them in too far and sleep well. ...Read more