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Katie2148

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Hi, I'm a newbie here.  I suffer from hyperacusis as part of my superior semicircular canal dehiscence.  My son is graduating from high school in a few weeks, and I was wondering if any of you have recommendations for a good pair of earplugs that I could wear during the ceremony.  I'm a third grade teacher, and I was trying to wear the foam drugstore ones during school assemblies, but those were not effective enough, so somebody else covers my class during assemblies these days.  I need something with more protection, but I really don't want to use earmuffs.  Unfortunately the graduation takes place two weeks BEFORE my surgery.  Any suggestions?
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Hi Katie,

You need to look for a foam ear plug with the highest Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). The ear plug needs to be fully inserted to provide the full NRR decibel protection noted for the ear plug. If the ear plug is not fully inserted, then the NRR db level is at a lesser value. Some of the foam ear plugs may have a NRR of 33 but if not fully inserted you are not getting full decibel protection. You need to try different brands until you find one that is comfortable with the highest NRR and you can get the plug fully inserted per ear plug instruction.

I would recommend bringing some ear muffs in your purse to put over the ears in case it gets too loud.  

You could also get custom molded plugs from an audiologist with a little higher NRR protection but a few weeks is a short time and they cost much more.

PH

   
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Katie2148

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Thanks!  Is there any specific brand you recommend?
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phacker

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Katie,

I can not make a brand recommendation. I have tried 4 or 5 different current brands on the market that I did not like as I like the old style shorter Flents cylinder foam plug with less NRR because it does not go too far down the ear canal and put pressure on my ear drum. Try buying the plug with the highest NRR rating.  Typically, the higher the NRR the longer the ear plug. Our ear canals have different lengths, curves and circumference if the pulg is comfortable and easy for you to fully nsert then it works.   

PH 

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The best foam earplugs with the highest NRR are the ones sold by the network.  

http://www.hyperacusis.net/hyperacusis/helpful+products/default.asp

They are flesh colored and if you properly insert them in your ear you have amazing protection.  Without question, the biggest mistake people make with foam earplugs is that they do not put them in correctly. Elliot Berger, an old friend of mine from E-A-R (which was bought out by 3M), made this great video years ago explaining how to do this.  Click on this link:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2174195019001?bckey=AQ~~,AAABHqwijIE~,eE4mETXuXRUxDr5-Vp3BFZDqIi22W1k5&bctid=2149332695001

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