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Diving Keeps Re-Aggravating my TINNITUS!!

Discussion in 'Ask Dr. Decompression' started by PeterD1361, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. jluttichau

    jluttichau Garibaldi

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    Hi Eric, are you still diving and what is the effect on your tinnitus while diving?

    Regards
    Jonas
     
  2. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Jonas, I do not. I can't even go to the bottom of a swimming pool without it being aggravated.
     
  3. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    Me neither. I went on an elimination diet, basically went paleo, and when I re-introduced gluten-containing foods, the tinnitus got worse. I've since tested it multiple times and it's reliably repeatable.
     
  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I've jutted out my jaw and pulled my ears away from my head. No change at all. :p

    I don't know if mine is related to diving or not, as there is hearing loss in my family. I once told a doctor that I thought it could be from Tylenol or other pain meds and he was adamant that was not the case.

    It is worse after I've been somewhere noisy but doesn't stay worse.

    I've managed to accept it rather than fight it and now it is just a part of me when I'm alone in a quiet room, like I am now, buzzing, ringing, whistling in 3-4 different tones and different in each ear.

    Kind of interesting actually.
     
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  5. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    I have had a mild case for almost 60 years and most of the time it is not a major issue. The strange part is that as soon as someone mentions tinnitus or I see the word, such as in a thread like this, it becomes very loud and takes a few hours to subside. Right now it is so loud I probably would not be able to hold a conversation.
     
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  6. Jay

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    ‘Recently’ on SB most of the tinnitus threads seem to have been along the lines of how it disappears during a dive and IIRC there wasn’t a mention of it getting worse post dive.

    I wonder what factors affect, perhaps cause, these different scenarios.
     
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  7. Duke Dive Medicine

    Duke Dive Medicine Medical Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a great point, and I do think there's a mental component to it. There are times when I don't notice it at all, but if for some reason my attention is directed to it, it becomes more noticeable.
     
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  8. grf88

    grf88 Divemaster

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    I should have had more sense than to return to this thread, here it goes again.
     
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  9. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    LOL zzzzzZzzzZzzzzzz
     
  10. mcpowell

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    So when I started reading this thread, the ringing in my ears became loud. It never really bothers me until I think about it. I think I’ve had tinnitus for about 40 years now. Also, I moved my jaw around and pulled on each ear individually and simultaneously, and then laughed when I read Chilly’s post.

    As long as y’all don’t bring it up, I’m fine

    And BTW, my ears do ring while I dive. I’ve noticed.
     
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