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Tom NYC

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Hey, I'm planning my first air travel trip in a few weeks.  What earplugs are OK for flying?  Are my Westone customs OK?  I want to be sure there are no pressure issues, etc.

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Hi Tom -

If your concern is minimizing the risk of noise-induced auditory damage, then any properly-inserted ear plugs should suffice.

If your concern is discomfort due to pressure changes in-flight, a lot of folks like to use EarPlanes. You insert them prior to take-off. You can remove them if you choose at altitude. You re-insert them when descent commences. And you leave them in until the cabin door is opened at the terminal.

Hope this helps.

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
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Tom NYC

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I'll be a bit more direct.  I've never had pressure issues flying.  That said - I would feel more comfortable if I was able to wear my filtered Westone molded plugs.  Will these cause pressure issues or do I need to buy earplanes?

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I'm not trying to be difficult here, but what exactly do you mean by "pressure issues?" If you mean the temporary discomfort that many folks who fly experience whether or not they use earplugs, I'm sort of thinking along the lines of what difference does it make? If you mean something more than that, I'd check with the audiologist who sold you the devices ... or contact Westone directly. I know a fair bit about tinnitus, but I am neither an ENT nor an audiologist. "Pressure issues" are not exactly in my wheelhouse, and I do not feel knowledgeable enough on the subject to offer an opinion responsibly. Sorry.

Maybe I'm missing something. What is it exactly that you are trying to achieve by wearing earplugs during this flight in the first place? I mean, I have loud tinnitus, and I don't wear earplugs when I fly. I figure my tinnitus is going to do what it is going to regardless. And the noise exposure during a two or three hour flight just isn't enough for me to worry about from an auditory damage standpoint. It's not like attending a rock concert or a Falcons home game.

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For anyone else that comes across this, I can say that Dr. Nagler was spot on, I really didn't need the earplugs on the flight at all, even during take off and landing.  It's really not all that loud.  I wasn't affected at all.
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For anyone else that comes across this, I can say that Dr. Nagler was spot on ...

Yea, it happens every once in a while. Can't be helped, I guess. :-)

I'm glad things worked out for you.

All the best -

Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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