Earmuffs for Tinnitus

I’ve been experiencing tinnitus for the last two years or so… There is ALWAYS a ringing in my ears. It sounds a lot like cymbals that just never stop. Ba da bump, Tsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss…

It occurred to me that my 5 hour/day public transit commute to school might be contributing to the problem so I got the best earmuffs I could find.
I got these earmuffs for my commute. They are the highest noise reduction I could get:Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Pro Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff (R-01902)

I like them because when I put them on I don’t hear anything¬†else. If you talk at a normal volume 5 feet away, I MIGHT notice that you are standing there. It’s nice for when I need to concentrate on something.

The music headphones on these earmuffs are too quiet to be useful. Maybe that’s a safety feature but it totally sucks. So when I want to play music, I put in earbud headphones and then the earmuffs on top. It works but it’s a big bother. I tried several music players and I exchanged the earmuffs to find the same problem.

Here is a second earmuff that might be better for a long commute. I don’t have this next pair but this second pair is supposed to be designed for playing music. They block less sound (25 NRI instead of 30 NRI), but it should be good enough for the train. And they are less expensive.

Howard Leight 1030110 Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff
Enjoy. If you get either, I’d love to hear what you think.

One Comment

  1. Lee says:

    I got a pair of Howard Leight by Honeywell Sync Stereo Earmuffs for $25 on Amazon. I like them a lot. They block out a little less sound than the Impact Pro headphones I mentioned above but they have two benefits:
    – The speakers in them can get pleasantly loud and sound good enough to play music on, they aren’t super-amazing but hey, they are $25!
    – They don’t make such a firm seal onto my head that chewing or walking sounds like a world-ending earthquake

    For my crazy-noisy-ear-destroying commute, the super-headphones were probably best but I like these new headphones a lot!

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