Exercise and Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by baz 22, Jan 27, 2016.

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    1. baz 22
      Alone

      baz 22 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Hi, so I have had tinnitus a month now and I was looking to know if exercise can affect my tinnitus.

      Before my tinnitus I used to go to gym a lot. I have stopped now for the past month due to fear of making my tinnitus worse. I do strength training in gym with weights usually and a bit of cardio.

      Do you think I can start going to gym again or give it a bit more time since my T is fairly new.
       
    2. PatrickG

      PatrickG Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Punch/kick to the right ear
      Hi @baz 22 ! I don't think it will make it worse. Don't take my word for it but I can't recall anyone mentioned that it has become permanently worse. But it's pretty common to get spikes during/after hard exercise (I'm in this category too). Best wishes to you!
       
    3. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Exercise if good for you and increase your serotonin .
      If your BP goes up high you might get a little spike but come down again after your workout...... lots of love glynis
       
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    4. MonkLN
      Worried

      MonkLN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04-2014
      Exercise is good! When i run or play indoor soccer my T always increases (prob because of my blood circulation). but afterwards it always calms down.
       
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    5. Sebastians

      Sebastians Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13/10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Guitars, loud girls and guns
      I never stopped going to the gym to lift weights. I do wear my Bose headphones as earmuffs (without music, noise cancelling off) sometimes but only when it's loud music or when i'm lifting next to some dude who tosses his weights around all the time. Looks just like i'm enjoying some music so nobody pays attention. Gyms can get loud from an average 65 db on quiet hours to 80+Db when crammed with people.
      I'd also advise you to take good quality supps (multi vitamin, ZMA, omega 3, high quality protein, etc). I firmly believe that If you're in shape, you can handle your T better
       
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    6. Fangen
      Playful

      Fangen Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Stockholm, Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2nd, 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (loud concert for 1h)
      I noticed that I get a very short spike after like doing something exhausting. Like running to the train, after sex (!) and I haven't been to the gym after T set in, but I can imagine that the increased pulse will make it sound louder for a period during/after :) Nothing that won't settle of course!
       
    7. baz 22
      Alone

      baz 22 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Thanks for the replys, I will prob start going back to gym. Need to get life on track someway.
       
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    8. Steve H
      Creative

      Steve H Director Staff Benefactor Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      I do strength training mostly and it can have an effect, raising the T afterwards, but it isn't something that stays. A component of mine is neck / jaw related so I have to be careful about straining too much. If I cycle rep ranges I'm usually fine but good form and understanding when things are not good for me are key.

      The only thing for me is as @Sebastians says, when irritating people feel the need to throw weights around in some testosterone fuelled show and make excessive noise. I resist the urge for murder although it isn't easy. At least I know they will likely give themselves injuries as well as looking like idiots to 99% of others.
       
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    9. Zug

      Zug Member Benefactor

      That's how I got my T. Some idiot threw his weights behind me and... T for me. The problem with idiots is that they tend to do more harm to others then to themselves.
       
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    10. baz 22
      Alone

      baz 22 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Dam , that's a tough one. I thought the gym was meant to help people. Well the past is the past, I might just bring some ear plugs to the gym now.
       
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    11. Zug

      Zug Member Benefactor

      Yes, I wear musician's earplugs just in case.
       
    12. Purple Parrot
      Bookworm

      Purple Parrot Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015 - 3/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multiple: anxiety, childhood ear infections, loud music
      I go to the gym regularly and it helped keep me sane, due to the serotonin boost/runner's high afterwards.

      Gyms are often noisy places and I also wear headphones but without music playing to protect my ears from the volume.

      More relaxing forms of exercise are also very beneficial for tinnitus, such as yoga, tai chi, swimming at an easy pace, pilates.
       
    13. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Absolutely this! My tinnitus was caused by someone else being careless, not the first time I've seen him do something stupid, do damage, then shrug it off.


      I went to the gym once since my onset. I wore earplugs because they insist on playing music. I actually noticed a temporary reduction in my perception of T after doing some cardio. My T is the type that doesn't fluctuate much at all.
       
    14. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Definitely exercise, you will reap the benefits in every way.

      If you think your gym might be too loud, take a dB app in with you next time to measure the loudness. Some gyms go crazy with loud music and dummies throwing weights can be bothersome. If you feel your gym is too loud, have a look around and you'll find somewhere that will suit. I have a couple gyms near me, one that plays music but not too loud and the other that doesn't allow any music at all - I switch between both atm. Some gyms even direct members to avoid throwing down weights, so it's just a matter of putting in some time to find the right place.
       
    15. Jamclem

      Jamclem Member

      Location:
      Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flying then Sport (Probs)
      @Steve H Good advice! my T changed after doing an excessive push ups over a few days. I suspect mine is also to do with my neck because I used to now and then get trapped nerve feeling on the same side of my T. I reckon I am going to start doing gym stuff from Monday again :woot:
       
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    16. william adams
      Wishful

      william adams Member Benefactor

      Location:
      S Jersey
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      I workout three to four times a week and yes I get an increase in T but it generally calms down some within a couple of hours after working out. Lot of advantages to physical activity for mental and body health.
       
    17. RB2014
      Confused

      RB2014 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 became noticable
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loss of hearing and then stress and anxiety
      Just ignore the T and hit the gym. You have to start your life back up again.
       
    18. Steve H
      Creative

      Steve H Director Staff Benefactor Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      York, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu, Noise-induced, Jaw trauma
      We could probably do with an exercise guide for tinnitus. So many of us have jaw or neck problems that can be made worse. I've recently had to stop doing burn sets, even though I really enjoy them they seem to spike me for some time.

      Maybe it's technique, not sure but my tinnitus behaves badly when I'm straining.
       

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