Tinnitus...who has it and thinks it might be riding related?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Motor7, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. rwf

    rwf Been here awhile

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    I've been riding around in a UPS truck with the doors open for 27 years. I only wish I could blame my motorcycle.
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  2. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    I also have it. I've no doubt the various loud bikes and wind contributed. But, so did the rock concerts, the fund, the loud cars, their wind, the military, etc.

    So, I take my Dramamine when I ride, and tend to ride quiet machines these days. As for ear plug, depends on the bike and situation. I don't like losing input, and ear plug do that. So on the honda, the wind is bad, so I wear them. Not on the harley because it's near silent and has no wind in the ears. Same shooting, yes at the range, no when hunting.
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  3. dddd

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    Hi all,

    I am somewhat feel less alone on this planet by this thread filled with fellow tinnitus afflicted people. I hope the original poster feels reassured.

    I take this occasion to survey our shared condition:

    a) do you consider yourself smarter or wittier than average?

    b) do you have better eye sight than average?

    c) do you also suffer from micropsia or macropsia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micropsia

    d) do you prefer calm and dark rooms at home?

    e) do you feel the need to have tv or radio playing all day?

    f) do you get episodes of tinnitus awareness that drives you crazy and how do you finally get through?

    g) are you a musician or particularly interested in music

    h) how many hours of sleep do you get/need?

    i) any other observation you think is related to your tinnitus?

    Thank you very much in advance.
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  4. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    a) nope
    b) nope, used to be outstanding, now I need reading glasses...distance is still excellent
    c) nope
    d) no
    e) no....well now that you mention it, when working or riding...yes
    f) no, not yet. But I have had some "tone" episodes that were really bizarre
    g) can't play an instrument, wish I could, love music
    h) average 8 hrs
    i) firearms, loud music, power tools
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  5. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I always wear earplugs on a bike, so should all of you. The SPL levels on any motorcycle at speed are profound.
    Im nearly obsessively protective of my hearing. I was an audio engineer for years and my ears were my life. As a film editor now, it doesnt matter quite as much at work but it still matters

    One summer I was a touring engineer and I always had a rule that if i were on stage, I had plugs in. period.
    One day I went on stage without plugs because there was only one gut there - the drummer. I had to move some mics around and the drummer was at the kit. I noticed that the snare mic was off so I told the dummer, 'hey im going to adjust your mic, so dont play the kit for a second, ok?'

    he looked me dead in the face and said 'yeah ok'

    not three seconds later I kneel down to move the mic and he hit the snare. Permanent damage to my left ear.
    I almost killed the guy...... and should have been wearing plugs on stage

    fakin drummers

    :bluduh
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  6. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Been here awhile

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    I got my tinnitus in the Marine Corps. I can narrow the actual tinnitus inducing event to an 8 year period.
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  7. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    Not sure what originated mine...prolly loud music when I was a teen. Now, my left ear rings nearly 100% of the time. When I quit caffeine the volume dropped quite a bit. Don't know it if will help anyone else, but it did me. Plus riding with ear plugs definitely helps.
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  8. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    my old man lost most of his heading in Vietnam. then he came back to the states and worked as a firefighter for 35 years, mostly with no heading protection.
    poor guy can hardly hear my mom nagging at him
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  9. Rick G

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    Yes I have tinitus and have significant frequency loss. However riding did not cause it as I had the beginning stages prior to buying my first bike at 40. However the first couple years of riding I did not wear plugs and I do believe my tinitus worstened during that time. I now use noise isolating ear phones (Shure SE210) and music at a moderate volume to mask it while riding.

    When at home or in the car I always have either music playing or the tv (at home not on bike) to help mask the ringing. But it is always there. Fortunately it hasn't started driving me crazy....yet! LOL

    Went to an audiologist a couple of years back for a hearing test. They of course reccomended I get a hearing aid but haven't taken that plunge yet, though my wife and daughter have been bugging me about it lately. It is getting more difficult to make out conversation on the tube or at the movies. In person it is easier for me unless you are a low talker.

    Question, has anyone with bad tinitus gone the hearing aid route? If so, how is it working out?

    Thanks,

    Rick G
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  10. Yamarocket630

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    Mine started in my early 20's after a bad ear infection and a round of antibiotics. The doc said it would go away once the I stopped the antibiotics. I'm still waiting, 18 or so years later.
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  11. TRZ Charlie

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    After a career in the military and many years of perfecting my shot grouping and shuttling around in helicopters in and out of drop zones my hearing is really bad.

    I wear hearing aids but, I am mostly deaf in my left ear. I also suffer from severe tinnitus. Someone in the body of this thread indicated that his tinnitus was like a "heard of Cicadas". This is how I have been describing what I feel for years.

    Ear plugs do nothing for me. I am already way past the point of saving my hearing in the left ear. I do wear one ear plug on the right side. Mostly I just live with it and buy lots of batteries for my hearing aids.

    My problem is with quiet places. The quieter it is the more aware of the freaking cicadas I become.
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  12. advmgm

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    I hear dead people, does that count?

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  13. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    I am up there with DRZ Charlie as far as the cicada's and real quite places drive me nuts if I think about it
    a little white sound and I am good to go


    my major hearing issue is talking to people when there is any background sound like at a bar or a cell phone if it isn't quiet near me

    mine is from Music and machinery
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  14. foxtrapper

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    No cicadas, mine is microphone feedback.
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  15. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Yikes, that would be worse that I have it.
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  16. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    agreed
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  17. i_isntreal

    i_isntreal Been here awhile

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    My tinnitus was most likely caused by a 3rd degree concussion from snowboarding (younger dumber days). However, I would count concerts, cut saws, motorcycling, and especially stress as contributing factors. I definitely notice that my tinnitus is louder, and has added frequencies/tones, after long rides in really windy conditions. It does calm down to its normal jet engine volume after a day or two.

    Interestingly, a few years back I found a book called 'Silencing the Storm' written by a retired medical researcher who developed tinnitus later in life and spent years working on a fix for his tinnitus. The cause of his tinnitus (as there are 1,000+ causes) that he concluded was years of pissing off the occipital nerve bundles in the neck from being stressed out (in simplified terms). He was able to fix his through over a year of neck strengthening and relaxations. Sadly I just lost the book in a flood and I can't find it on Google.

    Anyways, I do see motorcycling being a cause of tinnitus in the form of the loud noise and added stress on the neck. However, for me, motorcycling is also the solution to my stress (insert Homer Simpson quote here). It's a cruel irony, but to help I spend the extra money for a lighter, more aerodynamic helmet as it is worth every penny. Now I am working on the windscreen and wind turbulence.

    Any tinnitus sufferer has my deepest sympathies. Ten years of torture and I'm only 30, I hope somebody comes up with some better happy pills for it.
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  18. BLU HWY

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  20. Motor7

    Motor7 Been here awhile

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    Ahhh, I did not do a search. Looks like many threads, so it is way more prolific then I initially thought...at least here with the inmates. More reading for us Tin Heads:clap

    One more thing, along with this, don't know if it's related, but at times my hearing goes super sensitive. Even normal conversation seems really loud, certain sounds that never bothered me before irritate my ears.....hmmmm, maybe it is straight[​IMG]jacket time hunh?
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