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Stringalong

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I've had hyperacusis for most of my life.  I heard about noise cancelling technology years ago, but at that time nothing practical was available on the market.

Elsewhere on this site, someone recommended the Bose QuietComfort 2 noise canceling earmuffs.

I have considered using foam ear plugs, or an over the ear headset to block the noise, or using a Walkman.  The street noises, esp. downtown where they seem to echo off the tall buildings has become a serious issue for me.  It seems noises are bombarding me from every direction, 360 degrees.

I walk and take public transit.  I no longer drive nor own a car.  If I ride in a car with someone driving, or in a taxi, I do not have problems with noise, unless the windows are open on the freeway.

I don't want to use any of those solutions to my hyperacusis.  I'm old; I walk slowly.  I have to be extremely careful when walking on the sidewalk and particularly when crossing streets at the light.  I use my sense of hearing to help me know if a car is coming.  The options I have listed here would shut out one of my "self-defense" mechanisms -- my hearing -- in walking around.

The question is whether noise cancelling device such as the Bose QuietComfort 2 noise canceling earmuffs would have the same effect, of blocking out the sound of a vehicle or commuter light rail coming towards me.






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I have the head phones, and I do  Know that  they shut out your  senses,  very easily, if you are not aware, especially   crossing roads,

They are  very good, as  Noise cancelling headphones, but  you have to know you have them  on.

Good investment, 

On a personal Note, I have been caught on roads with oncoming traffic, as I am just not  paying attention, to the environment around me, as I cannot hear a lot of it,

So  Now I  try not to leave home with them on with out  an Aid,  very  bossy, controls me, but keeps  me safe when I am wearing My noise cancelling headphones in public.
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I use Quies protective auditive earplugs 35dB when travelling. They take out loud noise and make life bearable.
I also use Bose QuietComfort 20 whch are acoustic noise cancelling headphones for particular tasks. They can be used without being connected to a smart phone or iPad and cancel out most of the noise but not all. These allow me to enter a supermarket and other noisy inside venues which helps me to maintain energy.
I have recently started seeing Dr.Baguley and expert in the field of Hyperacusis and although there is no current treatment or cure there are a number of things which may help with the ability to tolerate some of the daily noise.
The sleep pillow is interesting and after a few weeks find that I can sleep to the gently sound of ocean surf. I have not been able to increase the level of sound but that is not necessary to recalibrate the brain.
Relaxation tapes can also be useful but I have already adapted to most of the relaxation processes by taking out most of the stress of living, again to maintain energy so that I can do the things I want to do. Maintaining some quality of life.
Good luck.
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Stringalong

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Thank you for your comments, moira and brokensadears.

I had a hearing test yesterday.  The audiologist recommended these ear plugs, that have baffles in them.  I ordered a pair.  http://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/er20xs-uf.html

brokensandears, Thanks for the good info on the Bose noise cancellers.  That helps.  It sounds like they would impede me when I'm trying to dodge oncoming traffic when walking.

Moira, you wrote....my replies in bold

I use Quies protective auditive earplugs 35dB when travelling. They take out loud noise and make life bearable.  I'll definitely look into those if the ones I've ordered do not do the job for me.
I also use Bose QuietComfort 20 whch are acoustic noise cancelling headphones for particular tasks.  Do you use these while walking on sidewalks on a high traffic street? They can be used without being connected to a smart phone or iPad and cancel out most of the noise but not all. These allow me to enter a supermarket and other noisy inside venues which helps me to maintain energy.  For these places, I use my Walkman.  Not only does it mask the venue noise, it makes me happy!!!!
I have recently started seeing Dr.Baguley and expert in the field of Hyperacusis and although there is no current treatment or cure there are a number of things which may help with the ability to tolerate some of the daily noise.  At this point in my life -- may it last! -- I can sleep fine.  I am very happy to have a very quiet apartment building, and my windows face a courtyard, not a street.  I bought a real, windup mechanical clock.  I put it next to my head (about a foot away so I don't bump it with my head) and listen to the ticking.  That helps me fall asleep.  I've also tried CDs of rainstorms, and of quietly falling rain, but so far have not found one that sounds like rain.  There are a lot of these online, but the ones I have tried sound like white noise.
The sleep pillow is interesting and after a few weeks find that I can sleep to the gently sound of ocean surf. I have not been able to increase the level of sound but that is not necessary to recalibrate the brain.
Relaxation tapes can also be useful but I have already adapted to most of the relaxation processes by taking out most of the stress of living, again to maintain energy so that I can do the things I want to do. Maintaining some quality of life.I will definitely check out the Bose head phones, and the

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Ear plugs burn itch and hurt I create this ringing noise in my ears so I wear Bose noise cancelling headphones instead
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Ear plugs do not create the ringing noise (tinnitus).  When you do not have ear plugs in your ears outside environmental noise mask out the sound of your tinnitus.  In other words there is a bit of a trade off when you put ear plugs in.  Ear plugs, and in a selective way - noise cancelling headphones block out noise but they make your tinnitus more noticeable. 

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Hi Jemma12, Thanks for your info and experience with ear plugs.  I got the baffle ear plugs in the mail a couple of days ago.  They are Etymotic ER-20 High Fidelity Ear Plugs.  Haven't tried them yet.  I doubt if I'll wear them for long periods, so maybe they'll work out okay for me without the itching.
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