I was in the metal fabrication industry for almost 30 years and wore foam earplugs every day. I can honestly say that my hearing was saved from using protection.
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My office is pretty quiet, but my commute is 90 miles a day on a motorcycle.
I hope that by using in ear headphones and not playing my iPod or HiFiMan players too loud means I am not necessarily damaging my hearing?
This is an important thread for all of us, and I think it takes less than a loud working environment to damage one's hearing.
I listen to my stereo for at least an hour a day and my left ear has been bothering me lately so I keep the volume down some when I'm actually in the room. Ear fatigue is real so I pay attention to it. I play drums for fun in my spare time too and wear ear protection when I do. I know some damage has occurred over the years from concerts, loud music etc. My advice is, just pay attention to how your ears feel, be aware of the volume when listening to music and do the best to protect your ears. I'm 57. I would never go to a concert anymore without at least carrying my ear plugs in case I needed them. I use the ETY plugs
I have used etymotic's earplugs for some time when mowing my lawn and using the snowblower. I also used them when I attended automotive auctions (I was a buyer for a new car dealership)where loud ambient noise is the norm. One thing I noticed is when attending auctions where 6-10 lines of auto's were going at the same time, they filtered noise to allow me to concentrate easier on the lane I was buying in.
Whether its these plugs or just foam plugs, you only have 2 ears and I have not heard of a hearing transplant!
Thanks Elevick, Tpreaves and all other posters. I do not I have a problem listening. The music is fine. But I will be seeing a specialist about the ringing in the left ear and will ask about having the ears cleaned. This is the first I have heard about such a procedure. Will also check into custom made ear plugs.Thats why I started this thread. For info that is helpfull for all of us. Thanks
Marakanetz, no I've never removed it. All I know is that in the Pittsburgh area too many folks died from working with it. Now it's a really nasty job wearing a sealed suit in a negative pressure environment and we have it everywhere.
Saygrr, a friend of mine had tinnitus and a properly designed hearing aid produced a negative signal/sound that countered the sound. He was impressed with whatever it did.