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Mike from NS 06-16-2012 06:21 PM

Any relation to diminished hearing and .....
A question ....

Have any of you noticed any diminished hearing in relation to your swimming time? I generally spend lots of time with my head beneath the water ( don't we all? ) and despite not having any problems with water remaining in my ears for any time after swimming, I've developed tinnitus and my hearing is continually getting worse. Any connection ? Don't know ! Perhaps I should wear ear plugs and now that the cow has escaped the barn maybe I'll close the door.

Never-the-less, do you think there may be a relation to time in chlorinated water and hearing loss? Do most of you wear ear plugs?



westyswoods 06-19-2012 04:46 PM

Hearing Problems
If you can and have noticed changes I would strongly suggest getting to a certified audiologist. Hearing loss is literally the silent and unfelt injury, don't know your age but never too late and or early to prevent future damage.

Swim Silent and Be Well

danielguadagnoli 06-19-2012 08:54 PM

diminished hearing
Not clear whether this has just occured recently or that you've noticed worsening hearing over a few years. If it's a recent observation you may try ear drops. I've had tinnitus a few times and it was remedied with drying out the ear canal using commerically available drops.
My experience with ear plugs was not good as my secondary response to the tinnitus was earplugs and what happened is that I'd developed 'swimmers ear' two times. I'd since learned that the skin in your ear canal is a bit unique and the ear canal is highly susceptible to infection if that lining is damaged. In my case earplugs chaffed that skin and made infection more possibe which led to the infections. I've since stopped using plugs and have been fine.
If drops don't help with the tinnitus relatively soon I'd see a specialist as it may be un-related to swimming.
Good luck

CoachToby 06-21-2012 12:46 PM

Mike. Water in the ear can effect hearing and cause tinnitus. I had numerous ear infections from swimming and tried most things to prevent them. Purchasing moulded ear plugs from a qualified otologist (95) was the answer. I've never had a problem since.

Mike from NS 06-22-2012 09:34 AM

Thanks very much for your replies.

Westy, I'm 59 and this hearing loss started about two years ago with a nasty cold that gave me earaches like when I was a kid. I gave in and went to a doctor who gave me some pills that did nothing. Later on the tinnitus and deafness started.

Daniel, the tip about the ear drops is a good one and I'll follow through with this.
I've been trying to get an appointment with an ENT doctor but I guess they are a busy lot !

Toby, I've been wondering about the water connection with tinnitus - your comment helps answer that question. I don't seem to have trouble with clearing the water from the ears after swimming but maybe there is residual still in there....


jenson1a 07-02-2012 01:27 PM

I am 68 and also have experienced hearing loss from water in my ears. I also have a constant ringing (or more like a locust sound), in my ears. I have tried drops, but no success. After swimming, if I bend over from the waist, I have a lot of water coming out my nose. I suspect this is from a build up in either the sinus or the ear canal. Probably should see a doctor

While I am blaming swimming for my hearing loss, lets face it--age is also a big factor.


CoachSuzanne 07-02-2012 09:43 PM

unless you have a hole in the ear drum, water in the ear canals may lead to muffled hearing, but not to ongoing hearing loss or tinnitus.

What is the proposed mechanism that swimming can lead to tinnitus?

I have had tinnitus as long as I can remember. It's worse if I stay up too late, or if I am in loud environments. I've always had very sensitive hearing...hyperacousis...and don't like loud noises or environments. If the ear canal is filled with water, the signals that normally help my brain filter out the tinnitus are no longer there and it can make it more prominent.

But it's certainly not a cause and effect. It's there and sometimes it's worse...but not caused by the water.

Mike from NS 07-03-2012 06:55 PM

Thanks Suzanne for your input. I guess I was asking if there is a swimming related mechanism that would lead to tinnitus and hearing loss. An ear infection derived from unclean water might be the most likely mechanism?

As you say Sherry, age (but a number) still can have deleterious effects on many things, including hearing. Like you, my tinnitus is more like crickets on a hot summer day. Sometimes louder than at other times and even not present at all now and then. But wake up in the middle of the night and try to get back to sleep with that noise going on !!!! Doesn't happen easily !

I've used some ear drops but they cause a burning and the tinnitus seems more prominent after-wards. I may not continue with these drops.

And as you pointed out Suzanne about noisy environments --- I may be sitting too near my computer with a noisy fan which likely should be replaced. Have you seen any credible results in easing tinnitus from using lipoflanvoid or any similar over the counter medications? Or any results from a "diet" of B12?


borate 07-03-2012 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by Mike from NS (Post 29073)

I've used some ear drops but they cause a burning and the tinnitus seems more prominent after-wards. I may not continue with these drops

OHSU has been seeking to muffle this distraction for many years. You might want to check out their suggestions and resources...

Mike from NS 07-03-2012 11:40 PM


Originally Posted by borate (Post 29075)
OHSU has been seeking to muffle this distraction for many years. You might want to check out their suggestions and resources...

This is a great resource in researching tinnitus. You reply is very much appreciated borate !!

There are a few very simple suggestions that may offer some relief .... the simplest being a glass of milk. I do have a Rain Forest cd so I will try this for background noise as a trial in the sense of sound therapy. It is a relaxing CD anyway!!

All interesting material ... thanks !

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