An earplug is a piece of protective clothing that is meant to be inserted in the ear canal to protect the wearer's hearing from loud noises or the intrusion of water. Protective clothing is clothing designed to protect either the wearers body or other items of clothing from hazards such as heat, chemicals and infection. ... The ear canal, part of the ear, is a tube running from the outer ear to the middle ear. ... Hearing is the following: Hearing is the sense by which sound is perceived. ...
Disposable foam earplugs, both out of the ear (with coins for scale) and inserted into the wearer's ear.
Some earplugs are made of a malleable material that is typically compressed by the wearer's fingers and then inserted in the ear. Once released, the earplug expands until it completely blocks the canal, deadening the sound vibrations that reach the eardrum. This kind of protection is often worn by industrial workers who work within hearing distance of loud machinery for long periods of time. Musicians who perform music styles noted for their loud nature, especially rock music, often wear earplugs to prevent their own performances from deafening them. Download high resolution version (400x900, 73 KB)Disposable foam earplugs, both out of the ear (with coins for scale) and inserted into the ear. ... Download high resolution version (400x900, 73 KB)Disposable foam earplugs, both out of the ear (with coins for scale) and inserted into the ear. ... The tympanum or tympanic membrane, colloquially known as eardrum, is a thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...
Some earplugs are primarily designed to keep water out of the ear canal, especially during swimming. These are typically made of wax, which is custom-fitted to the ear canal by the wearer. Wax plugs also provide some sound dampening.
I too have chronic tinnitus or "ringing" in the ears from very much the same origins(!) as you, plus I have been a paramedic for over 20 years and in my early career was exposed to unprotected siren noise in excess of 110 decibels for extended periods of time...
This was very comfortable, but with the earplugs in place the CD player could not produce enough volume to overcome the attenuation of the ear plugs to be heard over the still present (but reduced) road noise.
P.S. I have learned over the years it is possible to reuse disposable earplugs many times simply by washing them in the washing machine and throwing them in the drier, or using a little warm water and hand soap, followed by thorough rinsing and air drying...
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