Bar/Club Music, Hearing Loss, Anyone Use Ear Protection?

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    May 29, 2011 7:14 AM GMT
    I've avoided the bar/club scene because I don't drink, smoke, or like loud music. Every now and then I'll get the urge to go out again and am immediately reminded why I don't go.

    Thanks to laws, they've got rid of the smoking inside, and I now realize I can go without having to drink (took some maturity to realize this). I'm excited about both of these.

    However, I'm worried about hearing loss. My mother and grandfather have had to wear hearing aids since their 50s, and I don't want to join them. My aunt is an audiologist and warned me about club/bar music. If you have to shout at the person next to you, you're probably in danger of hearing loss.

    Yet, when I wore earplugs to one, I got made fun of by friends and some people wouldn't even look at I stopped going out for years.

    Anyone here have any tips for more discreet earplugs (ones you can't see or notice easily?)?? Any other tips to deal with this dilemma?

    I've exhausted online dating, craigslist, etc as ways to meet guys. I don't think I'm the type of person who comes across well on the Internet, yet when I go out, I get lots of people checking me out...some of which I actually would like checking me out. So, I think I have to go out to meet someone in person, the old fashioned way... After going out tonight, for 2.5 hrs, my ears are ringing, and it sort of killed my fun because I'm aware of hearing damage occuring.

    I can't find any sort of reliable website that gives the specific scientific info of how ears can and cannot heal. Info on that would be appreciated, too.
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    May 29, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    Having my hearing more or less intact is a very big reason why I rarely if ever go to clubs or any sort of circuit event.

    Then again, I typically find clubs to be just generally annoying. Much rather be up in the hills hiking or fishing, or talking with folks in a manner that doesn't involve having to nearly shout at the top of my lungs just to be barely heard.

    That said, look for Army issue ear plugs, they look like this:


    Available at any Army/Navy surplus store, or online.

    They do a fairly good job of reducing noise (short of wearing a noise suppressing headset), are water tight should you find yourself suddenly chucked into the drink at Senor Frog's in Cancun, and get all kinds of ear wax out you never knew you had when you finally remove them at the end of the night.
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    May 29, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    I have experienced hearing loss and stopped going out after having the need to wear a hearing aid. They are costly and many insurance plans do not cover the expense. The smoke, loud music, and music I don't like anyway are reasons enough to find other places to go.

    Do volunteer work or join a sports team as an alternative to on-line dating and bars. A more accurate picture of the game in its environment emerges.
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    May 29, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    There's not alot of evidence supporting permanent threshold shifts from exposure to loud sound. It does happen though. Federal regulation (US) is 8 hrs of 85dBA. For every increase in 5dB the time value is halved. SO, at 110dBA (my best guess for club 'sound'), maximal exposure is ~15minutes. Remember these are A weightings because low frequency sound doesn't really damage the cochlea. Our best frequency range is 2-4kHz due to the the ear canal and middle ear transfer functions.

    It is thought permanent threshold shifts occur from vasoconstriction of the stria vascularis, which in turn produce free radicals and causes premature cell death. Some evidence supports free radical scavengers like salicylates (aspirin) can diminish the effects of noise induced hearing loss. Also, there was a study in the mid 90s on creatine as an effective free radical scavenger. Go figure.

    Easiest attenuators and way to prevent noise induced hearing loss are ear plugs. Foam inserts when inserted properly can barely be seen, and I personally am very attracted to guys when I see them out wearing ear plugs. You can also get custom earplugs in acrylic or lucite that are virtually invisible (my clinic sells them for I think ~$120). The filters can be changed for different degrees of attenuation tooicon_smile.gif
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    May 29, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I wear these:
    they work fantastic and nobody can see them. perfect!