Poll: Does Deep Breathing Reduce Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Farkon, May 27, 2021.


Does your tinnitus reduce while taking a deep breath?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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    1. Farkon

      Farkon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Genetics/possibly Jaw.
      I'm not sure why, but breathing deep, even when I'm alone in a silent room, reduces my tinnitus drastically, and I don't breathe deep in a way that's for relaxation. I noticed this when I was swimming last year and came up for air (I hear tinnitus underwater as well... go figure) and when I was gasping for air, my tinnitus subsided as I was gasping for air. Afterwards it returned.

      I thought it was really due to water pressure or something similar to that since I went underwater a few times. However, a few days later I tested taking a deep breath again and had success in lowering my tinnitus while doing it.

      Have you experienced anything similar from taking a deep breath?
      • Agree Agree x 1
    2. Tweedleman

      Tweedleman Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Well, for me, I think it's a case of just hearing myself generate noise louder when I breathe deeper/heavier, partially masking the tinnitus. If I hold my breath in a dead silent room the tinnitus immediately comes blaring back.
    3. MindOverMatter

      MindOverMatter Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown (possibly stress related, and later sound induced)
      @Farkon, yes, deep breathing and focusing on the breathing tend to help me. It's calming, and stimulates the vagus nerve.
    4. Mister Muso
      No Mood

      Mister Muso Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Yes. Diaphragmatic breathing reduces my steady tones, which are the most troublesome in the night.

      However it doesn't do anything for my ultra-high fluctuating tones, or my bass rumbles. Still, one out of three ain't bad.
    5. TheDanishGirl

      TheDanishGirl Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      I noticed recently that my tinnitus can actually spike a bit from a deep breathing exercise where you breathe in deeply through your mouth, hold and then exhale through the nose. I don't know why that is.
    6. Lukee

      Lukee Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Wim Hof Breathing Exercises
      Be careful as breathing exercises gave me and a whole bunch of other tinnitus.

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