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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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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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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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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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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