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Tinitus in my ears...This sucks

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by thegriz18, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. thegriz18

    thegriz18 Paper Killer

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    I think I have tinitus in my ears. I have a constant ringing sound about 90% of the time. It gets annoying, though isn't painful. I always wear hearing protection and have maybe fired 15 rounds with out it in my whole life, all outdoors. I shot my 40 w/o ears on once because I was curious as to how loud it was.... Damn loud. Anyways, is there a good pair of muffs I should buy? I'd like to keep things around $30 or so. I have a pair, but they're old and I don't thin they're blocking everything out. I don't notice any pain while I'm shooting, but I get ringing about an hour after I stop and tale my ears off. I have thought about splurging for a pair of electronic muffs, but I heard they work hit or miss unless you want to spend over $125.

    Thanks guys/gals
    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    I have it also it does suck.Go to a good ears nose and throat ent doc to check for any damage.I lost all hearing in my left ear now.This is serious stuff,I am not kidding.Tell me how it works out for you.
     

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    Fwiw:

     
  4. thegriz18

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    So how do we prevent this damage? Muffs and plugs? This isn't cool. Anyone make 50+ db reduction muffs or plugs?
     
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    Shoot suppressed !

    Hearing damage is caused by the loss of tiny hairs in your canals inside your ear. There is no cure to replace those hairs.


    Tinnitus has made it hard for me to comprehend words if there is background noise. And wind makes it worse. Over the last half-century I've fired many shots unprotected from .22 to .44mag, and military weapons, and rode in open-door helicopters, etc.

    My ears ring all the time.

    If I only knew then what I know now, I'd have good hearing.
     
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    What is a good ear muff? I can't seem to find a decent one at a decent price.
     
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    A) You want to wear plugs and muffs and B) how much is your hearing worth?
     
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    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    "Hear" ya go...

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    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    Depending on the circumstances, I may wear both.
     
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    Got mine off a snap-on truck when I serviced generators for a living . Around $50 back then and well worth it. I also added some sound reduction foam from a car audio shop for more protection.
     
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    Its worth a lot, but I still can't afford to spend $300 on a pair of muffs.
     
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    You just stuffed in in the shell?
     
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    Double up on your hearing protection.

    A cheap disposable pair of foam ear plugs and a half way decent set of muffs will reduce the noise very well.

    And yeah tinnitus sucks. I listen to it's ringing 24x7. But in my case I earned it. A youth filled with shooting and no ear protection combined with loud music, being on a stock car pit crew, racing dirt bikes and off road buggies, plus lots of gun shots while hunting.
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/Leightening-Howard-Leight-Ear-Muffs/dp/B0001YXOG2

    I'm deaf in my right ear. So I don't want to lose the left. These are great. They are what I use. (plus plugs sometimes)
    Very high decible reduction.
    $300! you must be looking at electronic muffs. They are cool, but not necessary, and usually protect less.
     
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    I know you asked about muffs but this might help with your tinnitis. I've dealt with this company for hearing protection, but I don't have any experience with these products.

    http://earinc.com/p5.php
     
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    My father-in-law's tinnitus was related, surprisingly, related to his acid reflux disease.

    Once he got that under control, the ringing went away.

    Just something else to think about.

    -J-
     
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    I use a pair of orange neoprene ear plugs (USGI) and a pair of Norton ear muffs. The results on cutting down noise are very good. Whatever you do, do not simply stuff in a pair of foam ear plugs or slap on a cheap pair of ear muffs. And absolutely do not think you can get away with a little bit of occasional shooting without ear protection. You will not be the exception to the rule. And you will ultimately have to deal with the ringing. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
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    I cut it to fit the shell and the old foam inserts and spayed it with contact adhesive, then glued it in. Your going have to custom fit it not to lay against your ear or the ear protection will not fit flush.