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Can wearing ear plugs nightly damage my ears? - September 5th 2012, 02:26 AM

Basically I wear earplugs nightly and was wondering if this is harmful to my ears. I wear them pretty deep in my ears. And some mornings I wake up with excruciating ear pain. Halllllllllllpppppp Peaz


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Re: Can wearing ear plugs nightly damage my ears? - September 5th 2012, 06:13 AM

It won't damage your hearing, only desensitization of hearing would damage it, the neurons that perceive and translate the hearing would have a higher threshold from frequent usage. Only should worry about fairly loud sounds though.
Probably shouldn't do so though because when you sleep on your side its gonna hurt.


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Re: Can wearing ear plugs nightly damage my ears? - September 5th 2012, 01:33 PM

I have had pain from ear plugs as well. The reasoning is that is stops your ear from being able to remove the earwax, which it then builds up overnight and causes the pain. I haven't found any way to alleviate the pain at night, but in the morning just be sure to clean your ears out well.

You might try a different type of ear plug too. I used to use the silicone earplugs but the pain was worse with these, so I tried the foam ones. These helped the pain be more manageable. So now it's more of a slight ache until I pull them out and clean my ears.

As for damage, not really. As long as you switch out the plugs often and keep your ears clean, there isn't much that can happen. If you don't keep them clean, then it could cause an ear infection. I would switch my ear plugs out about every 3-5 days, depending on how much ear wax I had.
   
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