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Hearing loss: a hobby fades away

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I’m new to this forum and I’ve started a few threads talking about my journey.

We all use our hearing to enjoy this hobby and for some people their jobs. I’m currently in dentistry. And I realized that I’m not hearing as well as I did before I started working as a dentist. I noticed it for the first time when my daughter was talking to me. I did have a head cold and ther was fluid in my ears. But this was the first time I couldn’t quite understand the words she was saying.

So, I wanted to start a thread on hearing protection

Has anyone else experienced hearing loss? I’ve got an appointment with an audiologist/ent for further evaluation.

My goal is to find something that will allow me to practice while protecting my hearing and allow me to talk to patients. I know they have passive filtered hearing protection. However, I sound funny when talking to the patients. Has anyone had good luck with any of the electronic ear protection. I know they have them for hunting/shooting sports. I wonder if they would be effective in my application.

If you have any experience with any of these products feel free to share your experience.
 
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How do you know you sound funny to your patients? You actually changed how you speak with hearing protection in?

I haven’t figured out a great solution but I used the cheap foam earplug a lot. Sometimes if I want a bit less attenuation I rip them in half.

I never go to loud concerts without them. Oddly, though they do roll of the highs, your ears adjust, and they will actually clean up the sound in over loud spaces.

The big downside is that they increase the perception of volume of your own voice. I’m not sure if it’s an illusion or there actually is more sound energy being transmitted to the hearing mechanism.

But it makes it sub optimal.

But there are lots of places we are exposed to loud noise without noticing, cars, planes, sporting events. If you develop the habit of using the foam ear plugs, you can really lower sound exposure.

FWIW, I’m 53, a few years back my hearing tested 15db down at 12khz. This is not great but not out of range for my age. Also has some damage at around 6khz in one ear.

What’s weird is that things don’t sound less bright to me. I’m a sound engineer and it’s not really harder to work as the brain can compensate to a degree.

I’ve got nothing above 16khz though.

It’s really worth protecting your ears!
 
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Well, a few days ago I wanted to try a pair of Apple Earpods someone had kindly send me.
I messed up with the computer volume and for 2 seconds had full blast in both hears.
72 hours later, I still have a kind of tinnitus in one ear and a bit of hyperacousia.
Hope it will go away...

Be careful with headphones. From now on, I will always use a volume knob.
 
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How do you know you sound funny to your patients? You actually changed how you speak with hearing protection in?
Thanks for the reply! What I mean to say is I sound funny to me. And I am having trouble regulating my voice volume. Maybe I would get better at it with time. I’m either too soft or too loud. And it’s hard to have a menaingful conversation with a patient about their dental dental needs when you’re whispering or yelling lol.

You have a cavity! :facepalm::facepalm:

Also, for me all day wearing of silicone tips hurts my ears.

I wonder if custom hearing protection would make a difference.
 
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