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Old 02-08-2020, 09:04 AM
JimmySticks JimmySticks is offline
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So I've been around noise all my life. Construction worker, the military, active and Guard for 23 years, and a guitar player banging around most of my life. I retired from it all, and my tinnitus became stable, annoying as all hell, but manageable.

Now I've taken up the drums, and it's really flaring up again. I always play with ear plugs, but then I often put headphones on over them to play along with the drum less tracks and such. I obviously have to turn it up pretty loud in order to hear everything and I also have to loosen up on the plugs abit, or I can't hear anything. Frustrating.

I'm not sure what else I can do. I know it will never go away, I just don't want it to get worse. Do you guys have any suggestions?
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:00 PM
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Jim, see an EN&T doctor and see what he/she can do for you. I have acute hearing loss, but fortunately, no tinnitus. I do get very occasional ringing in the ears, but it always goes away quickly. My loss is hereditary, mixed with loud music, drums, guitars, etc. I have lost a great deal of high end frequencies, and wear two hearing aids as a result.
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Old 02-08-2020, 01:46 PM
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Thanks Bob.

My ringing is very similar to the loud ringing you remember when you left a Who concert back in the day. It's like that every minute of everyday, even Sunday's and holiday's! Lol! I've been to audiologists, both VA and private, and they are quick to tell me there's is nothing they can do. I have been for an MRI of the brain, and all is well there, although my wife might disagree! Maybe I will try and ENT doctor. It can't hurt.

I would like to find the right hearing protection though if I'm going to continue drumming, because it is getting worse. I'll have to shop around, there must be some good musicians hearing protection out there.
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Old 02-08-2020, 03:12 PM
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That constant ringing is a curse, and I feel for anyone who has it. Fortunately, I don't. Audiologists only diagnose ear problems and prescribe hearing aids. Only an EN&T can really help you.
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Old 02-08-2020, 03:47 PM
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I have tinnitus as well...I only have it only in my left ear...I don`t necessarily have the ringing, but, it is more of a tone (like a flat line on a heart monitor) I mainly only notice it when it is quiet around me...I`m used to it now...I am sure mine is only a mild case compared to others...

I use CAD Audio DH100 Drummer Isolation Headphones...I don`t use ear plugs underneath...I adjust the volume to where it is comfortable to hear the mix...Nothing more, nothing less...

https://cadaudio.com/products/headphones/dh100

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Old 02-08-2020, 04:20 PM
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I have tinnitus as well...I only have it only in my left ear...I don`t necessarily have the ringing, but, it is more of a tone (like a flat line on a heart monitor) I mainly only notice it when it is quiet around me...I`m used to it now...I am sure mine is only a mild case compared to others...

I use CAD Audio DH100 Drummer Isolation Headphones...I don`t use ear plugs underneath...I adjust the volume to where it is comfortable to hear the mix...Nothing more, nothing less...

https://cadaudio.com/products/headphones/dh100

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Thanks Grantro.

Those do look pretty good and they are reasonably priced to.

A couple of questions - do they plug into your phone or tablet? Looks like it will with the 1/8 plug but I'm not sure. Are isolation headphones different than regular headphones? I'm trying to figure out how they reduce ambient noise by 19 decibels. That's pretty good as most earplugs run around 20-30 decibels.

Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2020, 04:27 PM
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Yes, the 1/8" jack plugs into your laptop, phone or tablet...

Here is some info:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffre.../#e30d71927a2a

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Old 02-08-2020, 05:03 PM
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Great info there Grantro. Thank you!
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Old 02-08-2020, 06:53 PM
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Pretty normal life here- soundwise- stopped playing in rock bands around 84- worked in garages; car garages all my life nothing unusual as far as "sound intake".
Then a pain in the back of the neck hit me hard about 6-7 years ago- burned for about a month and couldn't get rid of it. When it left, my ears started ringing. Ok. Pretty bad. Then it slowly tapered off and I have a "light" tinnitus that I hear and sense come and go thruout the night and or day.

I think it has to do with circulation. Either "nerve" circulation or heartBlood circulation (just getting old (63/4.
Recommend staying away from the "fine's." Caffeine and nicotine.
I think it's a circulation problem; I've never had any extreme noise events, to speak of.. I think it's nerve circulation. Coming from the brain. the nicotine's and the caffeine's. Like right now. Nothing. Sometimes I'll put my head lay down on a shoulder and like a switch is flipped one ear will start a light ringing.
I think it's worn nerve circulation coming from the main circuit box (the brain..Some worn wires somewhere.
Not caused by external source but an internal (circulation) source.
I've been careful with my ears all my life)
Stay away from the "fine's" (easier said than done) I think it's a circulation issue

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Old 02-08-2020, 08:34 PM
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The ringing in my ears is constant....so constant I don't even notice it....

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