Tinnitus and Flying?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jack Brazil, Jul 12, 2016.

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    1. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Hi...I've had my tinnitus for about 5-6 months now. Over the last few weeks it had gotten worse. I also could feel my pulse and had a weird spaced out feeling in my head. I went to two different GPs.They both said it is caused by stress and anxiety. Anyways since then I joined the gym and the feeling of my pulse in my head is almost gone. That spaced out feeling has gone completely. My main question is: is it ok to fly with my tinnitus or should I not? ( The flight is only an hour long). Also,has anyone had the other two symptoms and know why stress causes them?
      Thanking you
      Jack
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Everybody is different. If your ears are very unstable, that any slightest sound or noise will hike the T, then you need to be careful to protect yourself or avoid travel for a little while until the ears are more stable. However, not everyone has problem travelling with T. I have been travelling often, sometimes flying 14 hours non-stop, and there are many members who travel even more than me. Doesn't seem this will make people's T permanently worse. Best is to bring some earplugs (earplanes) or noise-cancelling headphones just in case. The earplanes will help balance the change of barometric pressure during takeoffs and descends. Also bring along some nasal spray just in case you have a cold with plugged nose. That can cause problem in balancing change of air pressure. A one hour trip should be no concern, but you are the best judge. Here is Aaron's success story and it is full of pictures from his trips around the world after T.

      http://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/who-said-our-life-is-all-about-tinnitus-i-share-with-you-some-pictures-i-took-after.3268/
       
    3. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      @billie48 thanks for your reply, will any noise cancelling headphones do?
       
    4. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      You can bring that along if loudness is an issue with your T. If you have issue balancing air pressure, then get some earplanes. Also, you can search TT on the subject of flying after T and you will find many threads discussing this.
       
    5. Cor

      Cor Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Go buy some really good noise cancelling headphones. In this case, unfortunately price makes a difference. I personally swear by Bose QuietComfort line. The good thing is, you can watch video or listen to audio without putting the volume on 11 just to hear it, which wrecks havoc on your hearing. All plane noises pretty much disappear when I put mine on.
       
    6. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      You don't need noise canceling headphones. Just earmuffs. Unless you are worried about how they look. I fly a lot and use earmuffs. Earplugs can prevent your ears from equalizing (unless they are earplanes), but earplanes don't reduce the sound that much.
       
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    7. WestCoastGirl85
      Buzzed

      WestCoastGirl85 Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic ear drops getting into inner ear canal
      First time I went on a plane with tinnitus I was 3 weeks in. It was honestly nice because the sound of the plane masked my tinnitus. My ears did pop but no change in the sound.
       
    8. Sgm

      Sgm Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown - deck sander? Wasn't very loud...
      I've had tinnitus for about a year now. I believe it started because I didn't wear hearing protection while sanding my deck. It honestly didn't sound that loud at the time. A few days later, I had ringing. I still go back and forth as to the cause because the sander really wasn't that loud - perhaps 85 decibels. Since then, I've come to realize that fan or motor noise will cause the severity of the tinnitus to increase dramatically. This happens even at low volume and even for short exposures! It is summer now and there are lots of air conditioners running. They drive my tinnitus through the roof!

      It is also possible that it is the result of a tooth infection (which I have been dealing with for about 3 years). I've had several root canals on the same tooth and next week it will finally get pulled (so I am hopeful).

      I am an Engineer and Programmer, so I am at my desk for a great deal of time. Over the winter, I got rid of all the noisy fans on my computer systems. I would go for days where I thought my tinnitus was gone. But even a few minutes of a fan would set it off for several days.

      I've recently purchased noise cancelling head phones. They have done much to dramatically reduce my tinnitus. I've also tried wearing musicians ear plugs (high fidelity ear plugs). They've also helped but I find myself annoying people around me because my voice gets louder and cause me to hear internal noises that make it difficult to understand others. Most of the high fidelity earplugs reduce sound too much.

      They are fine for sitting at a computer but not so good wearing all the time. I want to take the edge off not make it difficult to hear normal conversation. I am seriously considering developing my own head phone technology that will allow voice conversation to come through but not trigger sounds.

      Anyway, try noise cancelling headphones on your plane. They work best to reduce sound levels of motor noise. You may find that your tinnitus improves quite a bit and allow you to fly.

      I've also noticed that increasing my B12 helps a great deal. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a single B12 supplement that works (I've tried dozens). To get B12, I eat mussels. It takes about at least 1-2 days before it will do the trick but it always works for me and will reduce my tinnitus substantially (By at least 75%). No supplement has done this for me. Mussels, liver, raw salmon work and mussels are the most effective.

      Good luck.
       
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    9. Nonna
      Barefooter

      Nonna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/17/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
      I love liver w sweet potatoes. Hey fans ruined it for me too. I started sleeping w noise cancel earmuffs all last month, should have started that a Lot sooner. I took some advice from this board, on which ones are the softest.
       
    10. AnonSki
      Doubtful

      AnonSki Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Forever
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have traveled twice this summer. Once to Vegas without ear plugs on the plane. What a mistake. The second time I used good quality foam ear plugs and felt much better! I believe I got mine at Target. I also sat in the middle of the plane on my first flight and it was so much more loud to me than sitting in the way back for my second.
       
    11. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      i fly with foam plugs all the time.
       
    12. Rube
      Fine

      Rube Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.A
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Do you have any issues with your ears equalizing with the foam plugs?
       
    13. MikeA
      Curious

      MikeA Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
      Nothing to worry about. As others have said, wear ear plugs or headphones. Your anxiety will lessen and make for a more enjoyable trip.
       
    14. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      No, but I also am not prone to any kind of decompression issues. I usually pop the plugs in and out a couple times on the way down.
       
    15. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      A short flight often means it's in a small plane. Small planes are often very noisy. I can fly for hours in an Airbus A340, I would never fly one minute in an ATR42, for instance.
       
    16. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Yeah...the plane small, I'm flying in an Airbus 747 or something like that...although from what I remember their not that loud. I'm gonna buy ear plugs just in case
       
    17. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Sorry for the delay in replying...have been really busy the last few days
       
    18. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      It's been a few years since I've been on a plane...my ears are usually only affected after long flights, any idea where I can get these ear plugs ( or earplanes) in Ireland .Also,I usually chew gum while the plane is taking off and landing,I was told that stops your ears from popping years ago and tried it, turns out that it works fine although I didn't have my T back then
       
    19. Foncky
      Doubtful

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      An explosion, music, and fate.
      Boeing 747 ? It's big ;) and not so noisy.

      You can buy cheap but good 3M 1100 foam earplugs from Amazon. You can still chew while landing and taking off, so you adjust the pressure even with plugs.
       
    20. Jack Brazil

      Jack Brazil Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Thanks,yeah you couldn't really call them small planes
       

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