A snoring partner can make it hard to sleep at night. Some snorers may be as loud as airplanes, which is not a good sign, either for their health or for your ability to sleep at night.
You might think that putting in earplugs is an ideal way to counter the noise of snoring. However, earplugs are not a good solution–they can be dangerous to you, and they leave the problem of snoring unresolved. Instead, a Detroit sleep dentist can help your partner reduce or eliminate snoring.
Inserting Earplugs Can Harm Your Ears
Many people in Detroit use earplugs safely and effectively. However, it’s also possible that you might cause yourself injury by inserting earplugs improperly. Improper earplug insertion can lead to:
- Dangerous ear pressure
- Forcing wax and debris into the ear canal
- Damage to eardrum
- Earplug stuck in your ear
When you’re inserting earplugs, you can push air rapidly against your eardrum. This can be painful and damaging. You can also create damaging air pressure when you pull out earplugs. Vented earplugs can help equalize pressure, but they don’t necessarily help when you’re inserting earplugs.
If you use earplugs regularly, you should take care to clean your ears properly. Otherwise, you can force earwax and debris into your ear canal. This can block the ear canal, leading to discomfort and temporary hearing loss.
You might suffer permanent hearing loss if you push earplugs in too far, causing them to press up against your eardrum. This is usually only a problem with foam earplugs, which can deform to fit deeply into your ear.
Sometimes people put earplugs in too far and find they can’t get them out. In fact, earplugs are one of the most common objects removed from ears in the emergency department.
Read the instructions below on inserting earplugs to reduce these risks.