Exercise and Tinnitus

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    1. RB2014
      Confused

      RB2014 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 became noticable
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loss of hearing and then stress and anxiety
      I'm doing some experiments on exercising and tinnitus and here is what I found. This probably only applies to people that have anxiety in general or anxiety is making their tinnitus worst. I tried doing light exercise and it has done practically nothing for me. Doing light exercise, 30 min per day of aerobic does help me sleep though where being inactive with anxiety and tinnitus gets me insomnia.
      Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad. At 4pm I did an all out sprint around my block. Probably 3 minutes or so. I got home and was exhausted, my heart rate going. I sat back down. An hour later I still had my tinnitus, but I felt good. Its almost like my brain got rewired to feel good instead of bad. At 7pm I ran the same sprint. By 7:30pm again I could still hear my tinnitus but it didn't bother me for the rest of the night. Its almost like I was on clonazepam, but I wasn't. Sleeping was a breeze with the tinnitus. The next morning I woke up and my tinnitus was back at baseline and hardly noticeable. 6 hours into the day and I'm still good. I'm not sure how long this will last, but so far so good. I'm going to keep trying this and see if I can reproduce the same results everyday. I think there is something to tiring the body to the point of exhaustion even for only a small time that is helpful.
       
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    2. marqualler
      Nerdy

      marqualler Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection / Mild Noise Induced Hearing Loss
      @RB2014 I totally agree with you on this. I think short-term for me, T can be exacerbated a little by exercise, but the "happy hormones" that kick in offset the anxiety/sad feelings around T.
       
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    3. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      Yup, the hormone being Cortisol. And living in the modern world, we all have too much of it. According to the Germans, "In the ear, cortisol causes a massive release of glutamate into the neurons. This ultimately leads to a greater accumulation of calcium, which damages auditory sensory cells and nerve cells in the ear.”
      Yikes.
      Short periods of intense exercise will decrease cortisol fast.
       
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    4. I found that when I first got T, I could drastically reduce the loudness and intensity of the T by doing a five mile run everyday, which I did anyway before T. Even though while exercising the T got worse, it got better afterward. But after trying several treatments for T, then exercise no longer worked, and the treatments made the T worse. I have quit all treatments, and I am back to where a run can help lower the T.
       
    5. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Hi there, if you don't mind me asking, which treatments made your tinnitus worse?
       
    6. Oh my, where to begin . . . Acupuncture, chiropractics, massage, tinnitus masking hearing aids, TMD treatments, Neuromonics, trigger point injections, intra-oral massage, cranio-sacral therapy, ultrasound, some pharmaceuticals (anti-depressants and sleep meds), Prolotherapy, and TENS all made it worse. Exercise, cold laser, Yoga, melatonin, ginger root tea, and hot emu oil on my neck have all had a positive effect at one time or another. The most consistent has been aerobic exercise if I was not being debilitated by any of the other treatments listed above. I have been trying everything recommended and trying not to give up! Even though I have been told by three internists, five ENTs, and two oral medicine specialists that I was just going to have to learn to live with this. It is like having a car alarm going off in my head. If standing on my head for a month non-stop would help, I'd do it!
       
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    7. RB2014
      Confused

      RB2014 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 became noticable
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loss of hearing and then stress and anxiety
      I had a descent T day, probably would be what I would call baseline for me with no additional volume. I did have 4 to 5 instances of a high pitched T that all went away within 10 to 20 seconds. At 7:40pm I just went out for another quick sprint. At 8:35pm I feel ok. Not the same high I had after yesterday's sprint, but I definitely feel better. We will see what happens when I wake up tomorrow.
       
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    8. RB2014
      Confused

      RB2014 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 became noticable
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loss of hearing and then stress and anxiety
      I had another descent T day today. I didnt sleep at all last night for some reason. Took a 5 min nap and bamn was T was back for an hour or two, but it left. Another sprint tonight at 7pm. Its 9 and I feel pretty good again. Hopefully another good T day tomorrow. Before this I was having a good T day and a bad T day and I've had 2 good T days in a row. I think I am at the end of my T spike after 4 months. I have slowly been getting better by clearing my mind of everything, but I do think the exercise is helping get better faster.
       
    9. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I like to work out when I can for stress relief but it definitely doesn't help my T. The only thing that calms it slightly is a lot of sleep and zero noise.
       
    10. 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 noticed something on Monday that helped mine. I don't usually do cardio, tend to stick to weight training, but I did a cardio session and it really lowered my volume right down. I did 5 x 1o minute sessions on different equipment, staying at an even pace on each

      Came back again after a little bit but it was nice at the time.

      There is a little information to suggest that exercise is a kind of vagus nerve stimulation.
       
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    11. I often notice quiter T the day after cardio, this is not an perception thing. My T is totally random with highs and lows but on an average the little bit lower days often occurs the day after a cardio. Of course i have tried to overdo the cardios:angelic: with doing it 6-7 days in a row but that don´t give the same effect.
      I should also ad that T goes up the hours directly after the workout
       
    12. Shaun
      Tolerant

      Shaun Member

      Location:
      Cardiff wales
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2014
      I think exercise is great for t try to get a few runs in a week on the fields by me and and get in the gym at least four times a week like Nick said the t spikes but always settles down.
      I've just changed the way I train using my mind as well as body if that makes sense.
      I would recommend exercise to anyone who has t it's great for overall General well being,sleep,anxiety,depression.
       
    13. @Shaun, sure right about that. No better thing to get rid of stress and anxiety. Just do until you drop
       
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    14. @Steve H , very interesting about cardio and the vagus nerve. This have puzzled me for a while why lower T more often the day after cardio than not.
       
    15. Thongjy
      Balanced

      Thongjy Member

      Location:
      Singapore
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unsure
      So any updates?
       
    16. RB2014
      Confused

      RB2014 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014 became noticable
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loss of hearing and then stress and anxiety
      I didn't get a good sleep last and woke up about 5 times and had to take some meds to make me drowsy to get back to sleep. I woke up with loud T this morning. After two good days in a a row I was hoping for better but I'm pretty sure it'd the back to back nights of little to no sleep that did me in.
       
    17. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      Brisk walking for about 30 minutes reduces my tinnitus to a great extent . any guess why this happens ?
       
    18. ASD

      ASD Member

      walking in one thing which gives me relief .....i think it has to do with circulation of blood!!
       
    19. 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.
      The gym is the ticket for reducing stress, makes you sleep better and definitely has a positive effect on my T. Funny thing I never hear my T when working out although it may seem to be louder for a short time when im done. I do one hour of weight training and 15 minutes treadmill 5 days a week. Gives me a relaxing feeling after an hour or so and my T volume seems to be improving.
       
    20. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      I am an exercise junkie. Mostly cardio. Just returned from my bike ride. I am a fast guy on a bike...ride with the fast guys in town. Honestly exercise increases my T and in fact my ride this morning amped it up as I type this. This normally subsides however. I have been an exercise nut for years. I will also swim this afternoon. I try not to let the swings in my T in terms of volume bother me. I somewhat accept it.
      My thoughts.
       
    21. MikeP505
      Curious

      MikeP505 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Ontario Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Punishment for being so darn good looking!
      Eating better and any form of exercise is always good. You don't necessary need to pump iron or run 5 miles on a treadmill. Many people today barely even get out for a walk, unless they are shopping. So even a simple walk around a block or 2 every evening can have drastic benefits to some. Joining a gym these days can be a racket and they typically try to pitch more reasons why you should spend more money with them. You should hire a trainer or upgrade to a better membership or.............

      I also went looking for a gym to join and decided the best for me was to join my local YMCA. They typically have all the exercise equipment, sauna's, pool, indoor running track, etc etc. No pressure to upgrade and no sales pitches when you join. I go typically 3 times a week and mostly to swim. I love working out with light free weights and am not looking to become the incredible hulk! Just more toned and as you say, more relaxed after a swim or light workout.

      Joining a gym has advantages in bad weather days but really is not necessary. So much you can do to exercise without a gym. Take a walk more often, jog a bit, buy some cheap free weights, push ups, crunches, etc. A little goes a long way and the more you do, the more you will want to do because of how much better you feel. Start slow in the beginning.
       

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