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Old 10-19-2016, 01:38 PM   #1
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As a teacher of the deaf, I have always been conscious of the effects of loud noises on our hearing. I do wear some wonderful custom-made musician's ear plugs during practices and anytime we play in a small venue. I have been noticing some tinnitus over the last few years that has been getting more pronounced as time goes by. My students have serious hearing loss so dealing with tinnitus has not been prominent in my training. I'm just curious as to whether this is a hazard of playing the pipes or just an age thing. Are there any piping audiologists out there?
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:35 PM   #2
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I've had tinnitus for about 15 years. I picked it up after I started piping. That's with wearing earplugs pretty much every time that I playI've maybe played twice without them. Maybe I just have/had bad earplugs.

It might be an age thing too, dunno, but probably not in my case. I got it in my early to mid 30s.

I've told the story here of scolding my daughter for coming to the dinner table and leaving the TV set onI could easily hear the high pitched whine of the TV. Only the TV was not on. I got a weird look from my daughter and wife. Tinnitus.

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Old 10-19-2016, 03:58 PM   #3
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I've had it for as long as I can remember. However, it has got worse with piping, especially my drone side ear.

I wear earplugs for piping all the time and one thing I've noticed is that when the plugs mess with earwax, I end up with a gob of wax in my ear. When I clean it out (or go get it syringed), the tinnitus diminishes slightly.

For me, it is exacerbated by dehydration and alcohol, which often go together.

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Old 10-20-2016, 10:43 AM   #4
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Tinnitus is common enough that one would expect a fair number of pipers to have it, regardless of any link. One study suggests an incidence of about 0.5% in ten years for a general adult population. 16 million US adults report frequent tinnitus.

For sure pipe bands indoor in confined spaces are loud enough to impact your hearing. I wear earplugs at all times indoors whether on my own or with the band, and I can feel it afterwards if I don't.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:22 AM   #5
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I noticed the start of tinnitus about a decade ago. When it was perfectly quiet...... midnight out camping in the wilderness...... I could hear a faint low pitch.

Started piping a few years ago without ear protection and had one night where my hearing was impaired for a couple of hours later. That is when I got custom musician's ear plugs.......should have done that right from the start. They work great!!

I think the tinnitus was coming on anyway based on family history. May have been accelerated by piping......but helped further over the years by loud concerts, lawn mower use, etc.
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Old 10-20-2016, 03:19 PM   #6
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Started wearing earplugs after about 1 yr of band practice indoors. My ear ringing stopped, my headaches stopped, but the criticism started. "You can't hear the music", "You listening to music on the earphones" or band members moving their mouth like their talking. No matter, I persisted to the point no one comments about the earplugs. A high school drummer is the only other who wears them. My statement to them is that it better to prevent rather than to remediate hearing loss.
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Old 10-20-2016, 09:44 PM   #7
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Actually my ear plugs allow me to hear my own playing clearly to the rest of the band. A big benefit
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:44 AM   #8
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I can hear out of my left ear easier than my right, must be from playing with rifles. Years of pipes, guns, and ridiculously loud rock music have left me very poor of hearing
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:06 PM   #9
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My ear ringing stopped, my headaches stopped, but the criticism started. "You can't hear the music", "You listening to music on the earphones" or band members moving their mouth like their talking. No matter, I persisted to the point no one comments about the earplugs.
Wow. I think there is literally nobody in our circle who doesn't wear them. I'm surprised that this attitude still exists. Pipes and drums are more than loud enough to cause permanent damage.
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Old 10-22-2016, 04:10 AM   #10
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Wow. I think there is literally nobody in our circle who doesn't wear them. I'm surprised that this attitude still exists. Pipes and drums are more than loud enough to cause permanent damage.
Yes. It is now normal to see grade one bandsmen wearing them on the field, never mind indoors.
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