If you feel like you are going crazy from the noises in your ears, you may have tinnitus. Whilst there is no cure there are many options for coping with the noise. One of the best ways to do this is by tinnitus masking.
Very simply explained, tinnitus masking involves adding another sound, which can be either natural or artificial, into the environment in order to cover up (mask) the unwanted sound brought on by tinnitus.
In order to do this you’ll need some form of masking device or, preferably, a specific tinnitus masker. These are based on traditional white noise machines but the higher spec machines can create patterned sounds that are specifically designed to replicate the characteristics of your own tinnitus sound.
For many people these masking devices really do work and can cover the noise in the ears rendering it less noticeable – find the right noise for you and the relief can be quite dramatic. This could be something as simple as a ticking clock or static from an un-tuned radio or TV channel, different noises work for different people.
It goes without saying – always check with your doctor to rule out physical causes of this disorder first.
Partial Tinnitus Masking
Another successful technique for dealing with the sound of tinnitus is called partial masking. This entails hiding the sound of your tinnitus by listening to sounds that are very similar. This can include nature sounds, computer sounds or even the sound of a fan. Gradually lower the other sounds until your tinnitus appears to be as inconsequential as the other sounds you hear every day. In other words you’re finding a source of noise which will blend with your tinnitus but not cover it up entirely, like the sound of light music, waves or a fan. By playing the sound while your tinnitus is loud you’ll get used to the sound in your ears while building a positive emotional reaction to it.
White Noise Generator
A white noise generator may be helpful at night. Having sound in the background can help you fall asleep despite your tinnitus. A lot of people find that tinnitus is made worse by tinnitus. Try it out and see what is most effective for your condition.
Stop and listen to your home to see what white noise you hear, then use it to help you to cover up the sounds in your ears due to tinnitus. For example, in your room, open the window to see if there’s sounds outside that will cover over the ringing in your ears.
Having gentle white noise can help you fall asleep when you have tinnitus, but loud noise can sometimes make your situation worse. Keeping earplugs with you when you travel can help you fall asleep without being kept awake by the parties in the next room or other noisy annoyances.
Tinnitus Masking Tips
Go to sleep in a room that is void of any light. Also make sure to go to sleep with some noise playing in the background. For example, you could leave on some soft music or use a white noise machine. Both of these things will help you get more rest and reduce the symptoms of your tinnitus.
Use noises in the background to help drown out noise in your ears. Everyday things like a fan, the washing machine and the dishwasher can be just the kind of “white noise” that you need to take our mind off tinnitus – it can be as simple as that. Focus on those noises in the background, or use them as a way to distract yourself, and you won’t be as aware of the sound in your ears.
Consider investing in an air purifier to help mask the sound of your tinnitus. It will both clean the air you breathe and produce white noise which will blend with the sound in your head but not cover it up completely. This will help you get used to your tinnitus and then better deal with it.
White noise is a great temporary solution when tinnitus is making your life difficult. Turn on a fan, radio, TV, or anything else you have available to drown out the sound in your head and replace it with something more tolerable. Some like to play classical music when they need to concentrate on something difficult. Try it, it could make a big difference.