Apr. 21st, 2007 04:44 pm
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The ringing in my ears is getting progressively worse. It used to be that if the tv was on, I could no longer hear the range of fuzz and ringings in my ears. Now I hear it in the background of everything. Like standing in a room of humming and whirring machines.
I know I need to go invest in some major ear protection, but it just always seems like a big expense. But I just have to convince myself that just under $200 is worth the future of my aural health.
Its not like after years of working in nightclubs and bars I have acquired any health insurance. There will be no workers comp if I go eventually legally deaf or any way to pay for operations or hearing aids. $200 now will save so much later. I just got to find a way to make it happen.


Date: 2007-04-22 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What costs $200?

The question i have is whether you've been using *any* hearing protection at all on a regular basis. If not, what makes you think you need to jump immediately to some fancy device? Try a decent pair of $20 plugs that block out high frequencies, but leave bass and midtones.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I always use disposable earplugs. I have also tried plastic and wax and other nifty things drug stores have to offer.
The $180 ones are ones you go in for a hearing exam and they are custom made for your ears. I am looking at the offer through - non-profit, supposedly.
Even then I wonder how effective they will be. Sometimes I think the damaging sounds are actually vibrating straight through my skull into my eardrums.
I also need a good ear piece for radio use. The club ones block barely any sound at all.
I am going to buy a nicer pair ($10-$20) I am just unsure what to get/trust. hearnet has two pairs of cheaper earplugs they offer, one for $6 one for $12. The $6 say they are NRR 21 and the $12 say they are NRR 12. I would think 21 is better, but I really don't know.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ask john adams, or devon.

As for radio earpieces.... yeah. Expect to spend a couple hundred bucks for anything decent.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you want to get them through, let me or Barry know, Cathy is a friend of hte club and will do them at a discount for you...
Also, I can give you a better earpiece end for you to use, one that's more of an earplug, like I use. Let me know...

Date: 2007-04-22 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yes and yes.

Date: 2007-04-24 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd like to get a set from them. How can we make this happen?

Date: 2007-04-22 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
if i can find them, i might still have my old pair of bose noise cancelling headphones. they are big and bulky, but might help for now. i'll look through my stuff if you want them.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That would be very sweet. I would love to try them.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
okeydoke. i will take a look when i have a moment. i am not sure whether i got rid of them or not. if i did, check they usually have an affordable selection.

Date: 2007-04-22 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The ER 20 are pretty decent for blocking club noise while allowing you to hear people talk. The ones fitted to your ear are nice because you can change the filters depending on the noise level of the club. Still, these are a basic set that do a really good job for $20.

Jason even keeps these for if we are just going out to get in trouble. That way, he doesn't have to worry about losing the nice ones while being too drunk to care.

But, don't wait. Put foamies in now. Anything! It sounds like you already have some serious tinntis already, and you're making it worse each time you don't wear something. Take care of yourself.

Date: 2007-04-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have the same ringing in my ears. The foam ear plugs will do what you need in most cases, the main issue is you have to put them in correctly (most people don't). Having them barely in your ear won't work. They have to actually be _in_ your ear canal. Some people don't like the feeling of the ear plugs all the way in their ears, but thats the only way they can fully block the noise etc. Take a look at how they are in my ears when you see me at the club on Friday.

Date: 2007-04-24 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Trust me, I put them in. Infact a customer who was a doctor admonished me for how for I put things in my ear. But I haven't always when Bartending in the past.
I should have mentioned that one of the reasons I want the really good ones is it is hard to wear them when Bartending. I can't always make out what they are ordering. Good ear plugs are supposed to help you still make out what people are staying while blocking harmful noise.


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