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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinty View Post
    Timely thread.

    I got a cold during our winter holiday, and on the trip home, when the aircraft was descending, I experienced excruciating ear pain. I've had tinnitus for about a month, but my doc has said my outer ear canals are clear, the drums are in good shape, and she cleared me to start swimming again. She said the tinnitus would take about a month to clear, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I'm getting a little tired of it.
    All of us wish you the best - i.e. that this is a temporary condition brought on by a cold and exacerbated by the changing air pressure in the airplane. As a kid I had a lot of earaches which makes me wonder if they had any causal effects on my tinnitus. Much more likely are all the loud noise I exposed myself to - loud music, chainsaws, shotguns, etc. - before we had such a thing as earplugs. Or realized the lasting damage that "ringing in your ears" meant some permanent hearing loss and tinnitus in the future.

    Most of us old guys have learned (and not too late) to protect what hearing we have left when we expose ourselves to noise, which includes concerts, movie theatres, and motorcycle riding. Tinnitus is always there for most of us. The more fortunate (me included) only notice it some of the time. I really pity those for whom it is a constant in their lives that they can't ever ignore.

    I wonder if this issue is getting the attention of young men and women. Don't smoke; wear you seatbelt; yes. Those messages have gotten out. I suspect the warnings about using your cellphone to call or text while driving, or to wear hearing protection around loud sounds either aren't sufficiently out there or have fallen on (not yet) deaf ears.
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    At the movies....

    At the movies....

    I haven't been to the movies in quite some time- for a number of reasons. I went yesterday and was shocked at how loud they play the audio. When it was just some talking it was loud, when there was a car wreck or door slamming- it was painful. When I asked my friend (avid movie goer) if it was always that loud, the reply was yes.
    I don't know what effect is trying to be achieved with volume/base/surround sound being at that level.......I do know it's not for me.
    I would compare the sound level to that of a 70cc chainsaw and as those of you that suffer from tinnitus- that noise volume is best skipped.
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    Hey, Omega Man, glad I am not alone in thinking volume levels in almost movie theatres are too damn loud. If they were job sites rather than entertainment venues, hearing protection would be required. Maybe somebody with a machine to read decibel levels - and also the desire to sue - should gather some real data. If you (or your kids, or grandkids) still want to attend movies, I've found that foam earplugs not fully inserted do a reasonable job of protecting your hearing. But that shouldn't be necessary.
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    You're definitely not the only ones. My wife wears ear plugs to most movies. I crank my hearing aids down five or six steps. Lots of future business for audiologists (and hearing aid companies), I guess.
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    Ditto for wedding receptions and parties, any place with a live band or DJ. Can't talk to friends and family because the music is stupid loud. The app on my phone may not be precise, but I know anything causing 92 -96 db readings at 100 feet is too much. I keep a half dozen sets of foam plugs in the car just to be prepared.
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    Oh yeah, I've got it. Concerts in the '70's, a few years as a welder in rock quarries and factories, before they handed out ear plugs. Then, I joined the Army, Tanks, spent a lot of time on gunnery ranges etc., and I used to like those white "shorty" helmets, like the Cops wear. One, loooooo-ong high pitched whine that never goes away.

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