Living with Tinnitus, the silence killer

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Tinnitus is the hearing of sound when no external sound is present. While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, hiss or roaring. Rarely, unclear voices or music are heard. The sound may be soft or loud, low pitched or high pitched and appear to be coming from one ear or both.

Turn your radio off, TV etc and listen….can you hear that? No? That’s the sound of silence….that’s not what I hear….wish I did.

I have been living with tinitus now for close to 10 years, I can remember when it started to this day. I was going to King Tuts to see a band and I had a cold, the band I saw was a heavy metal band and very loud and after it I came out with a high pitch tone in one ear.
I had had this tone before but it normally lasted a day or up to 5, 10 days passed and still had it….3 weeks and still and this is when I knew this strange sound was now living with me for life.

At this point I was going crazy looking for stuff online that would help, I found pens, pills, strange devices etc but all couldn’t take it away nothing can unfortunately so don’t be fooled by these devices.

For me its more noticeable at night, and when I am sleepy, stressed or in a room that has no background noise.

I have learned to live with it and it doesn’t affect my sleeping or my day to day life, yes I would like it to go and experience a normal no sound in my ear but I don’t think that will ever happen again.

On a scale of 1 to 10 volume level, mine is maybe around the 3 or 4 and only in my left ear. I can watch TV and hear it but it obviously depends on the volume of the TV. I do know some people have it where its above a 7, which must really be annoying and have a bad affect on their day to day lives.

My best advice to anyone with this is, if you do go to concerts stay far back and wear ear plus. They don’t make you loose out on the fun of the event, just stop your Tinitus from possibly getting worse. Also just accept it and try not to focus on it too much you will gradually ignore it till night time or sleepy or stressful times.

Please do take care when at concerts etc, some cope ok with Tinitus and others find it a very big struggle.

Check out this websiteΒ www.tinnitus.org.uk they have a lot of useful information about this.

Quick Post : My First Time Running

First Run Date : Sunday 30 April 2017

I am not Mr fit, but then again I am not overweight or in bad shape (if I say so myself). I used to do a few sports when I was younger Swim, Karate and Tennis, but then as most kids do they give them up.

My weight over the past 3 to 6 years has been up and down but mostly up, so I thought lets give it a shot plus with all the food I am eating for my restaurant reviews I need to keep in shape.

I didn’t know what I needed to buy to start, so I hit the shops and took a look at what was on offer.

I learned that there is a large amount of sports clothes, I kinda knew this but didn’t know exactly how much as its an area I have never really looked at. I knew I had to get trainers and also I wanted an arm pouch for my iPhone so I could measure how I do….and obviously the rest of the clothes as I don’t think running naked in public is the way to go.

So I got all my gear and I was ready.

Today I started running for the first time….

The morning of the run…

I woke up and thought “what am I doing?” part of me wanted to go back to sleep, the other part thought no lets do this. I think this is the hardest part for running or even going to the gym, the motivation of actually getting out there and starting and keeping it up.

The location we set for the run was Kelvingrove Park, I have walked here many times, been to the Mela here and it was a nice location for a run….plus the weather today was going to be dry and slightly sunny so a win.

Kris Munro Running Outfit

Throughout the run I did have to slow down to a fast walk to catch my breath, but once it was back I started up again.

After the run…

Active Calories : 245 CAL
Total Calories : 318 CAL
Distance : 3.77KM
Elevation Gain : 68M
Avg Heart Rate : 130BPM
Avg Pace : 10'37 /KM

I actually did better than expected, well I think I did. Total time running around the 30mins, with 5 to 10 mins walking in-between when got out of breath.

The next day my legs were sore, but this was to be expected.

I will continue as my aim to run for 1 hour without stopping, so lets see how I do.

My next run is on Tuesday 9th May 2017

Will keep you posted.