Can nightly ear plug use increase tinnitus?
About 10 or so years ago my wife's snoring started bothering me, to the point of disrupting my sleep. I began using silicone ear plugs, first the Dr. Macks, moving to the CVS clones which I found had superior grip and longevity.
I've worn them nightly and slept better.
But my tinnitus has worsened. I've been posting in other threads, worrying about getting HAs with tinnitus masking built-in or not, and am just realizing that I spend 6-8 hours/nightly with no noise (we have several fans in bedroom) reaching ears.
So, from your experiences, do you think it is possible I've exacerbated my tinnitus? It has become worse for some reason in the last year.
Thanks for your help.
Cala 862 RIE w T-Coil, Phone Clip+
Freq - 250 - 500 - 1k - 1.5k - 2k - 3k - 4k - 6k - 8k
-- R -- 10 -- 10 - 20 -- 22 -- 20 - 50 - 60 - 50 - 45
-- L -- 15 -- 22 - 22 -- 22 -- 25 - 55 - 60 - 45 - 40
Speech R 55/100% L 60/100% / Severe tinnitus ~6300Hz, binaural, sawtooth