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Tinnitus after extensive breath-hold exercises

Julian Magata

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Oct 11, 2016
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I experienced a permanent tinnitus (ear-ringing) after extensive breath-hold excercises. It happens a day after and it a constant tone in the range of 14-15 kHZ.
The inner ear (colchea) contains hair-cells which could get damaged by mechanical impact (loud music, noise..), chemicals (medicine), but also due to oxygen deprevation and maybe other reason.
Unfortunately, these hair cells are irreversibly damaged and dont grow once destroyed.

I wonder whether i am the only one who is suffering from tinnitus as a cause of breath-hold exercises. Maybe I have other preconditions which brought me into this situation.

Anyone having similar issues?
 

MarcinB

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Oct 26, 2012
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Bialystok/Poland
I noticed it several times after long STA or hypoxic breath-hold training but it was always gone after few minutes. Unfortunately, long-lasting tinnitus usually indicates damage to the hair cells. In my opinion you should give up the exercises that induce this symptom.
 

Pheesama

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Jun 13, 2017
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Tinnitus is something that you have it permanently....after breath-hold and ear ringing might be something else.
 

Pheesama

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Jun 13, 2017
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Tinnitus is something that you have it permanently....after breath-hold and ear ringing might be something else.
Sorry for my unclear statement
I mean that Not everyone has tinnitus. Once you have it then it will stay permanently. But it has nothing to do with freediving/breath hold
 

3joern

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Oct 21, 2015
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Germany
tinitus is a symptom of stress, the breath hold is pure stress, sometimes I also have this issue (high beep) after breath hold, but after 5 min relaxe or meditation (and concentrate for muskle relaxation in my neck) the tone is slowly softer and then gone. Another Tinitus (with hardcore deep tone) I have after a hard swim training, my ENT told me that is from my shouder muscle go up to my ear, after a bath in warm water, some exercises for the atlas (c1 spine) and shoulder relaxing the tone also gone (ok after 2 f... weeks).
 

canerfuat

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Jul 21, 2017
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Turkei
Hi, I have tinnitus too but it was happened after diving. I have a theory for your disease. After you inhale you need to swallow and keep the breath under your throat not in your mouth. If you keep the breath in your mouth and lock it up with your lips, you would feel all pressure in your inner ears, nose and cheeks.

So, first of all you should go an otorhinolaryngology clinic (ear nose and throat specialist) to checked your ears. Then you can continue your training after a theorical education of freediving. I suggest you to watch Adam Stern's videos on YT. I hope, you get better soon.
 
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