Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by kingrollo, 2 Mar 2018.

  1. kingrollo

    kingrollo Über Member

    I seem to have a persistent whistling in one ear. Not sure what started it - but 2 events spring to mind.

    1.Coming home after a particularly windy ride
    2.I noticed my ear was sore for few days - so much so it was painful to sleep with the left ear on the pillow

    Family have been nagging me for a while to get a hearing test - which I have now done, and indeed it confirmed high frequency hearing loss. I have been put on a waiting list for hearing aids. Also had an MRI of my left ear which showed no abnormalities.

    My one concern is that the hearing consultant didn't stick a camera up my nose, - as I sometimes feel pressure pushing outwards from the inner ear.

    Anyway, has anyone coped with this ? - how does it affect your cycling ? - Ive looked on the web but information seems very contradictory - wear ear plugs/don't wear ear plugs - exercise helps/makes it worse

    Any thoughts ?
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  2. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    I have had tinnitus since I was 18, a consequence of listening to loud music almost all day through headphones and clubbing, not much I can do about it, you stop noticing it so much after a while.

    It does drive me mad sometimes though at night when it's super quiet. I've found personally that having low level background noise helps me drone it out. Ironically most of the time that is in the form of headphones. Just not as loud as I once did.
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  3. OP

    kingrollo Über Member

    Do you wear any ear protection while cycling ?
  4. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Not unless you count headphones. I've been wearing a buff and bobble hat this week though when commuting as it's been bitterly cold, but that's pretty much my only concession. But that's just me, I haven't found that cold weather or wind aggravates the tinnitus, so I don't need to compensate. If you find different then you should definitely consider making adjustments.

    It's probably worth a bit of experimentation on your part, find out if different things help or not. And listen to what your clinicians say obviously.
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  5. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    I can sometimes have tinitus (in both ears) for an hour or so after a long bike ride. But I only seem to get this in the winter time when wearing hat and helmet, summer riding without hat or helmet never brings it on. Not sure why covering my ears sets it off, unless it is a coldness related thing ?
  6. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    You have my sympathy. I had tinnitus after firing an elephant gun (.577) about 10-15 years ago. I was in my mid twenties. I was left with ringing in my left ear for 3 weeks. Minimal pain but sleeping was difficult.

    The good news is it has healed and the only time I notice is when I swim deeper than about 6 foot. GWS.
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  7. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    what were you firing the elephant gun at ?
  8. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Targets set up against a dam wall. Inside a dried out (failed) reservoir. From the kickback I was skidding 2 foot backwards in the sand. At the time, each cartridge cost £3-£4.00

  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I suffer with BPPV, which periodically attacks me nastily. Fortunately, I'm now well aware of the symptoms so every couple of years when I start to notice them I go straight to the Doc, get the tablets, and I'm able to head it off.

    Its left me with minor tinnitus, but no hearing loss. Indeed, my last hearing test had me pronounced as "bloody good" considering my age and years spent firing rifles without hearing protection. Luckily its not bad and I've suffered to psychological issues with it.
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  10. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    Snap, although I can't ever get any escape unless like you I drown it out with headphones. I can cope with it, as its not intrusively loud but can hear is over normal office work, car, TV etc. Already had it 20 years so it isn't going away :sad: Also have slight high end hearing loss due to the same.

    Last two months I have had it really loud in my left ear which I think is something to do with the drainage ducts running to the back of my throat. I can make it start and stop depending on what I am doing with my head jaw so going to see how it goes before I speak to anyone.

    Its not a nice thing at all
  11. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

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  12. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Any loud noise that leaves you with ringing in your ears has damaged your hearing. I have bought some special musician's earplugs to wear to loud gigs now, they cost a bit but it's worth it.
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  13. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 62 & 20% through Decade 7. Yikes! Moderator

    I have mild tinnitus. Started about 4 years ago. Sounds like a wind rushing noise. Only notice it in a dead quite room such as when I wake up in the middle of the night. Bothered me for some time at first and then I got used to it and rarely think about it - except when someone posts on an internet forum etc. :laugh:

    Lovely Wife has a persistent high pitched whine in her ears and she can hear it when there is no background noise- doesn't bother her as she's had it about 25 years now.

    Lovely Wife's colleague at work has identical problem - started about 10 years ago. Both mid-50's. It is more prevalent in older people - not that they are particularly old.

    My best mate has it a bit worse and he has an assortment of noises that he hears in low noise environments. He did suffer some depression with it a long while ago but he copes fine now. He plays lots of music at home and in the car etc to make sure there is at least some background noise whenever possible.

    Best advice is to try not to fixate on it.
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  14. OP

    kingrollo Über Member

    So cycling in the wind could give you tinnitus then ? . I remember coming back from one very windy ride when I got home I noticed the ringing in my ears - it went away pretty quickly though
  15. OP

    kingrollo Über Member

    I have heard some people say it is the straps that create the wind noise - could explain you scenario above
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