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skwagner

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Hello, my daughter's college graduation is coming up and I'll need a heavy-duty muff that can tone down the applause and amplified speeches enough to accommodate my hyperacusis. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank-you

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Rob

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You don't need earmuffs.  Go to a pharmacy and buy foam earplugs with a noise reduction rating of 32 or 33.  Make sure you understand how to insert the earplugs.  You will be fine. 

The day after your daughter's college graduation, find a doctor who can properly diagnose and help treat you.  Hyperacusis is a treatable challenge. 

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skwagner

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Thanks Rob--I used 32 foam plugs at a local Christmas pageant last night and they were barely sufficient. I'm thinking 1500 people yelling and clapping might be too much for the old ears to bear.
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Rob

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Peltor is a brand that is often mentioned.  Here's what the manufacturer says about one of its models. 

"Perfect for keeping your ears safe and protected during noisy projects or a long day at the range, the redesigned WorkTunes Hearing Protector Earmuffs are lightweight, and adjustable, sport comfortable foam-filled earcups and have a noise reduction rating of 24db."

And there's the problem.  

This well-regarded product will provide you with less hearing protection than a good set of correctly inserted foam earplugs.

The 3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff will provide you with 30db protection - still less than a good set of correctly inserted earplugs. 

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skwagner

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Thanks, Rob, maybe I'll combine. Merry Christmas
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Joseph_Redgate

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Hello Skywagner,

I have gone through many different kinds of hearing protection.  From what I have found, the Hearos Nrr 33 blue foam plugs are the best disposable plugs.  However, just like any disposable plug, you must learn how to insert them properly for the most benefit.

Weston makes wonderful "DefendEar" silicone plugs.  Most ENTs and Audiologists can fit you for them in their office and I received mine in about a week.  They run about $100 for a pair.

No matter which ones I wear, I can get a little bit more protection when I wear my earmuffs in addition to my plugs.  The best earmuffs I have found thus far are the ProEars Ultra 33.

I must say that, no matter what sort of hearing protection that I use, I still cannot go to most public places.  We cannot block out all sound because of how sound travels through the bones of our skulls and jaws.  I wish you the best if you attempt at attending your daughter's graduation, but you may find that, even with protection, it may be too painful.


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Jetdoc

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I bought a pair of custom fitted rubber plugs from sams club. worked good for my nephews graduation & for my mri. was 100 bucks for the pair.
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