Which is better, foam rubber ear plugs or the things that look like headphones

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Which is better, that is, which keeps the sound level in one's head lower: foam rubber ear plugs** or the things that look like full-size headphones from the 60's***?
**LIke E*A*R Plugs, the yellow foam cylinders, or some other brand.
***Each side is as big as a medium tomato
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wear both together.
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wrote:

I should have said that I need to use one of these while I get an MRI. They clang and I don't like the MRI in the first place. This place doesn't have music or radio via headphones.
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On 10/21/2014 1:26 PM, micky wrote:

Never had an MRI but like others when I am at the shooting range use both.
Lots of folks are also given tranquilizers before getting the MRI.
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wouldn't they not want metal in there with you? That nixes my earmuffs. earplugs.
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wrote:

Your idea of wearing both together was great and I'm ashamed that I didn't't think of it. It may come in handy on other occasions.

You're right. I'm ashamed again. I must be taking stupid pills.
To give me the benefit of the doubt, maybe I was just thinking of the ear parts, which don't have metal afaict&r, but the wire between the two halves is nothing but metal. I guess removing the wire and taping them to my head is too much trouble.
(They even have a questionnaire that asks if you ever used a grinder. And when I said I had but couldn't remember ever getting anything in my eye, they had me take an x-ray of my eyes to make sure there was no metal in it. If you have metal in your eye, no MRI for you.)
My 9th grade metal shop teacher said his brother got a metal particle or small sliver in the surface that worked its way into the middle and floats around or lies on the bottom . If he was just trying to scare us, it worked with me.

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On 10/21/2014 1:40 PM, micky wrote:

Lot to be said for giving complete information and the big picture early in the thread.
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The headphones are usually beter, especially if you are not use to wearing ear plugs. Where I worked in many areas we had to wear ear protection. Had many kinds of plugs, but the muffs seemed to be beter at knocking down the noise and much easier to put on correct.
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On 10/21/2014 1:43 PM, Ralph Mowery wrote:

LEE! LEE!
That's what my sister screams when people do what you just did.
"put on correctLY".
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On Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:43:04 -0400, "Ralph Mowery"

Thaniks, Ralph and Oren. You've convinced me that there are times I'm not in an MRI when I should reallly try the headphone type. They came with the house, and coming from NY, I was alreaday used to the foam, which they even sell in the NYC subway stations. (though the new trains starting 35 years ago are much quieter.)

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The foam EAR brand is good, but they need to be changed often. There are other brands that are made of harder plastic that last longer. You hve to look at the DB reduction ratings to see which ones knock the noise down the best. The higher the DB rating means less noise going to your ear, but they must be put in your ear correctly. The foam type usually expand to the ear,but the harder type sometimes come in differant sizes.
If this is just a one time thing and you have to bring your own, go with the foam type ear plugs if the headphone type has metel in it and you can not use them in the MRI machine.
I always wear the headphone types when mowing the yard and using other small engine yard tools like the weedeater and chain saw.
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Try reading the label that gives the degree of noise attenuation of the various products. In your case, given your record of stupid attention seeking questions, I would just suggest that you stick your fingers in your ears.
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Look at the people who work in noisy environments all the time (forestry, mines, airfields etc.) They wear "ear defenders" that enclose the whole ear. Should we suppose this is just a fashion statement?
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On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:55:29 PM UTC-5, Don Phillipson wrote:

MRI's are not compatible with metal...of any kind!
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On Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:09 -0400, "Ralph Mowery"

My experience is that I can use them many times, and they seam the same. EAR brand are yellow.

I've seen other brands in different colors, green at least, and smaller at the end or with a string connecting the two, but they seemed about the same in effectiveness.

Yes, that means you can get them in far enough.

They provide them, and they provide -- what do you call them -- eye masks, blinders (cheap ones with elastic that doesn't last long, that you get to keep) but I've been around -- not for exactly this but other things -- and can easily imagine them running out the day that I'm there. So they'd reschedule me but I'll have already taken the lorezepam and I'll have to get another prescription and go to the store again and maybe pay again (though this last time it was only 20 cents.)

Maybe I should have done that. Now, with my very small yard, everything is electric.

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On Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:43:59 -0400, "Don Phillipson"

I think they invented that kind first, and I thought those who use them stuck with what they knew. The same way I stuck with foam rubber.
Although, in peson, I don't go to mines or where trees are cut. Years ago, I'm pretty sure I saw people guiding airplanes wearing the big ones, but I might be thinking of what I saw in the movies. .
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full-size

If it were me, I would not use any and just put up with the noise, and not fool around with medical procedures.
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wrote:

I'm taking anti-anxiety medicine. Lorezepam, which is either the same as or the generic form of Atavan. But I still need the ear plugs. Some places have music and radio, but not this one.
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Is an MRI that loud? I've had one but don't remember it being that bad.
I wear foam when using machinery and both together if shooting.
Be careful with ear muffs if you wear glasses. Not all kinds seal around the eyeglass bows, and sometimes you need to add a wedge.
I used the flange kind when I worked in a factory, but as an engineer I wasn't normally on top of a machine that long. One night I had to monitor a problem machine for a long time and very quickly discared the flange and went to the foam.
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On 10/23/2014 7:20 AM, TimR wrote:

I've used foam for many years with never a problem but I have a friend that was told by his doctor that he damaged his eardrum with the foam plugs. Apparently the plug(s) created an airtight seal in his ear and when he pulled it\them out the vacuum damaged his ear drum. I wasn't there and am only repeating what he told me.
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