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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