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post #1 of 62 Old 05-08-2012, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Tinnitus... and whether I should drop out of a bike trip

Last year I went on a bike trip from Edmonton - Yellowknife and back. I had these plastic ear plugs that really hurt my ears so I removed them on the way back. We did about 900 km's in one day at about 140 km/hr. That night I couldn't sleep with the loud ringing in my ears and I've had that problem ever since, although it has subsided a bit.

Since then I have had custom ear plugs made ($160) and recently went to a short trip to Jasper (about 4 hour drive). I find that the ringing has gotten louder again, even with the plugs in. I'm really worried and don't want to damage my hearing any further. The problem is that we are planning a 7500 km road trip for June, which would take us up to the Yukon, the Canol Road, the Dempster highway all the way to Inuvik and back. I'm really looking forward to that trip and have spent months preparing for it, but now I'm really thinking about just dropping out. It's not worth messing up my hearing for life.

Any input from you guys? Any similar experiences? What have you done to combat this problem?

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post #2 of 62 Old 05-08-2012, 07:25 PM
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The thing with tinnitus is that there is a perception element to it, if you focus your attention on it, then it seems worse. Part of making tinnitus better is to train yourself to hear it and not focus on it or be alarmed by it, the same way that a clock ticking in a quiet room disappears unless someone points it out. IMO I say wear hearing protection, and enjoy your trip, don't focus on the tinnitus and it will get better.

At least that's my take on it as a fellow tinnitus experiencer (notice I din't say sufferer).
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Well, riding does have its risks. I have custom made ear plugs that only cost me $50.00 from my audiologist. If your custom made plugs are still causing problems, perhaps they do not fit properly or their db rating is lower. Mine are about 29-32db reduction. That works nicely.

What helmet are your in? Some are quieter than others (webbikeworld.com for info).

Take of your mirrors. Notice an improvement in wind noise?

Play with your windshield (including riding without it). Notice an improvement in wind noise?

There are quieter bikes out there. The Vstrom is quite bad about wind noise due to several factors. For comparison, ride a different bike and note the noise levels (not a straight-piped harley though... )

Tinnitus sucks. I've got it. Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol (both cause it to flare up). I wouldn't stop riding though. I figure hearing aids were invented for a reason. Eventually I'll get one. Trade off worth it? I think so.


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Last year I went on a bike trip from Edmonton - Yellowknife and back. I had these plastic ear plugs that really hurt my ears so I removed them on the way back. We did about 900 km's in one day at about 140 km/hr. That night I couldn't sleep with the loud ringing in my ears and I've had that problem ever since, although it has subsided a bit.

Since then I have had custom ear plugs made ($160) and recently went to a short trip to Jasper (about 4 hour drive). I find that the ringing has gotten louder again, even with the plugs in. I'm really worried and don't want to damage my hearing any further. The problem is that we are planning a 7500 km road trip for June, which would take us up to the Yukon, the Canol Road, the Dempster highway all the way to Inuvik and back. I'm really looking forward to that trip and have spent months preparing for it, but now I'm really thinking about just dropping out. It's not worth messing up my hearing for life.

Any input from you guys? Any similar experiences? What have you done to combat this problem?

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Use soft foam ear plugs, no need for custom molds. These are my faves: Amazon.com: Howard Leight LL1 Laser Lite Earplugs no Cords (200 ct): Home Improvement

There are also tinnitus remedies. Google. And if you have good health insurance, get a comprehensive hearing evaluation. I had one done 20 years ago and it's a lot more than a simple hearing test, they also test for nerve damage.

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Use soft foam ear plugs, no need for custom molds. These are my faves: Amazon.com: Howard Leight LL1 Laser Lite Earplugs no Cords (200 ct): Home Improvement

There are also tinnitus remedies. Google. And if you have good health insurance, get a comprehensive hearing evaluation. I had one done 20 years ago and it's a lot more than a simple hearing test, they also test for nerve damage.
Yep - there are good soft foamies out there. But ... I've got sensitive ears that get sore even from the softest soft foamies. Which is why I went the custom fit route ... that and the cost over time (at $50.00) beats buying soft foamies over and over again (even buying in bulk).

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If you haven't done so you need to see someone for a thorough hearing test. You can't cure tinnitus, best you can hope for is management.
It is important to know if your hearing is damaged, how much and what side.
If for example, you have significantly more loss on one side or another that bears looking into, it is possible although rare to have an acoustic neuroma which is a benign tumor pressing on the auditory nerve.
For myself I've tried custom poured plugs and think that good foam ones, like the Hearos work every bit as well for noise reduction as long as they are fresh and you get them properly into the ear.
Bikes have wind noise and noise damages hearing if its loud enough. Only you can decide if you want to stop riding because of that.

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How much aspirin do you consume daily? Tinnitus can come from aspirin overdose. Have you discussed this with your physician to rule out things like allergic reaction or ear infections?

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my mom had this problem

it was genetic 100%

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