Not sure why tinnitus would have any effect at all on your exercise routine. The arthritis would seem to be a more serious concern. Maybe if you explain why having tinnitus concerns you would be helpful. As for personal trainers, there is no way for anyone to give a generalized answer. They don't really have a whole lot of training, it's very easy to become one, so the one you have is more important than the state of the "profession" generally. They don't know a lot about anything physiological unless they went out and got additional training. If you hang around in gyms, which I used to do, you watch them work and work with them eventually at least a little, and the truth is, a lot of what you see them showing folks can be very harmful to most people, so my own view of them isn't high. On the other hand, some of them add a lot of extra study to that and so learn more that might be more pertinent to you personally. The folks who spend a lot of time learning about physiology are physical therapists. They also won't have anything to do with your health. What they can show you if they're good is how to properly do the exercises they show you how to do, but that's not to say they usually do that. It also depends on where you see them. Some work independently with teams and athletes, but most just work at gyms. The important thing if you do get one is, if they show you a routine that you think doesn't look like something your particular body would find helpful, don't just do it because they show it to you. Again, they are not in the medical profession in any way, they are jocks who like exercise and showing others what they do. But what they do might not in fact be healthy, though it might give you bigger muscles. The main thing with arthritis is, movement is better than no movement. But movement that causes pain will increase pain. A lot of it will be you figuring out something you like to do that doesn't add to your problems. Any steady exercise will be good for your health, but if your arthritis is severe, you might consider a physical therapist or occupational therapist to get you started in a way that won't hurt you. Just a thought. All depends on how much you hurt and how nimble you are and how young you are etc. If you're just starting an exercise routine, start out slowly.
Thank you for your response, about the tinnitus I'll go see a doctor.
What would you suggest I go for? a physical therapists or a personal trainers.
This has been really helpful, your insight on personal trainers is broad and they might not be what I need. About the tinnitus is the loud ringing in my ear that I was thinking might be associated with my condition. I do want to ask about certification. I read somewhere that there are certifications that are usually given to personal trainers. Is this something you can share insights on? Looking forward to hearing and learning more.