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    Default Dear members who suffer from tinnitus

    Today I got the bad news and I need your suggestions maybe comforting words. The ringing noise at my right ear canal is killing me. I will go to another doctor in my hometown and see what he's going to say.

    I usually can't sleep without listening to music from my iPod. Although yesterday night I've listened only half-volume (soft techno tunes) today the ringings goes berserk. I'm using in-ear headphones (seenheisser cx300). Does that mean I have to get rid of them?

    Even though I did good in the hearing exam problems I have a huge fear losing my hearing (or partially)

    I was producing from studio headphones, from now on I guess I gotta stick to the monitors, to ease up the pressure to my ear?

    I had a foam ear plug (-33 db), I tried it it sounded ok with my headphones. Should I drain my bank account to get a custom-molded IEM or should I go with ear-plugs + headphones during upcoming gigs? Is getting a custom-molded IEMs are good investment?

    Damn I feel so miserable

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    I feel for you man, hope it goes away.

    i use these, they arnt that expensive, and they arnt top end equipment but they work. you will never see me DJing with out them:-

    http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Resea...ews/B0044DEESS


    they take a bit of getting use too. the first few monthinto my residancy, and i was going home and my ears where ringing for hours on end. i play 3-4 times a week, not including the time i spend mixing at home, so i decieded to try these out as they fairly cheap, and they have great reviews.



    i can honestly say my ears have never rung since.....best few 's i have ever spent.

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    Thank you man I hope so but honestly I don't expect it to go away. But yeah positive thinking.

    Yeah I've seen that plugs couple of times here in the forum I don't know why the brand is not popular here in Vienna. I guess my ear canal is a bit smaller than average (don't know for sure but) so it would be much better to look at it rather than buying it from Amazon.

    One thing i didn't get though is at the product features it says the noise reduction is -12 but at the product description -20. Which one is true? I'm guessing -12 is not enough for some cases.

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    Custom molded earplugs are amazing. I was lucky enough to get a free pair as part of my old job about 2 years back and they've probably got another 2-3 years left in them if I look after them. Having said this they are only about 170 / $300 a pair, which over the course of five years is pretty cheap when you consider it can save your hearing - even if you have already developed temporary threshold shift.

    Can't recommend them highly enough, especially as they have interchangeable filters - mind currently have -15dB filters in them and I even use them when I DJ out - the best thing about them is they don't isolate frequencies, they just turn down the volume. I think start at -9db and go up to -25dB.

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    fingers crossed it does go pal.

    i don't know whether it is 12 or 20. but i can vouch for them being a good aid in helping save your hearing.

    but your right, custom moldes will almost certainly offer you better protection.

    what ever you do, hope you get the trouble with your ears sorted.... good luck

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    I'd say: watch out with any type of headphones/earplugs for listening music. They fatigue and damage your ears sooner than you'd expect.
    And let your ears rest now. Don't go to any parties whatsoever for some weeks, and only listen music by earphones on a very low volume. The ringing may die down a bit then over a while. On the longer run, how hard it may be, you'll get used to it. Sort of.

    I know the feeling bro. I have tinnitus as well, in both ears. Have it for over 3 years now. At all of the bigger parties/festivals I went to since it began, it got worse, whatever kind of earplugs I wore. I have custom made earplugs, but I don't trust them anymore. Basically, I just totally renounced attending any other festival in my life just for not damaging my hearing any further.
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    damn deep shit here. Sorry about the big T, hope it gets better. I use these when needed

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acces...cone-ear-plugs

    but these look interesting
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/acces...olded-earplugs
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    Thanks for your great wishes. I had to take a break from production to rest my ears a bit, at least until I consult to another doctor. This is awful since I was fully concentrated on it.

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    I'm in the same boat as you bro, got a specialist checking out my ears next week. 3 years now it's killing me. wish you all the best dude, your not alone.
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    I've had it for years now destroy my ears over a period of years playing in Death/trash Metal bands. It's not boddering me anymore as I've got used to it. Sometimes when it really quiet around me it can start to anoy me again.
    Your brain will eventyaly filter it out as it trains to listen to things that matter. Most people that have eaiconditions installed will after a time not hear them running as it becomes background noise you like Tinnitus will over time.
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