I have been sick the past week with bronchitis, which is something I really dread because of the coughing, wheezing and the lack of sleep that comes with it. Although it hasn’t brought on a Meniere’s disease attack (keeping my fingers crossed!) I have definitely been lightheaded enough to be concerned. One thing that I have noticed in the past week is bout of tinnitus. In the spring when I was sick I heard the same kind of soft pounding noise. But it seems that tinnitus comes in different sound on different occasions.
This past week I got an email from Richard of Miami about his experience with tinnitus and exercising. Here is part of the letter…
I notice that every time I go to the gym and have what for me is a good workout, by the time I drive home, I have a rather loud humming on the right side of my head coming mainly from inside my right ear. I think the doctor once told me that was just another form of tinnitus, the most common form being that high-pitched never-ending tone, which I have in my left ear. Do you think there's a connection between exercise and this humming form of tinnitus, and if so, can anything be done about it? Have you yourself ever experienced this phenomenon?
I wonder if the movement of exercising somehow causes the inner ear mechanisms to cause this type of tinnitus, I’m not really sure.
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