Alpha Brain Waves

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by James White, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. James White
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    James White Member Benefactor

    Location:
    Toulouse, France
    Tinnitus Since:
    April 2013
    Hi,

    Just found this video on the Action on hearing loss:



    Apparently, tinnitus sufferers have low alpha waves activity, this video is supposed to stimulate alpha brain waves. Haven't tried it yet ... i thought maybe it could help some around here.
     
  2. Dhaval
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    Dhaval Member

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    Hi buddy

    Thx for the link....actually if I m not wrong that is also what rTMS attempts to do. ....increase alpha activity. ....also I read some where that some 1 found relief for tinnitus after their hearing aids were reprogramed for low frequencies.....I shall give it a try and report back

    Cheers
    Dhaval
     
  3. Dhaval
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    Dhaval Member

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    Ok n update tried d video. I think its best to have this play in d background through speakers....I tried headphones.....I noticed that if I listen to a moderate volume greater then my t......I can actually hear a bit of it goin down.....although it's v temporary...like only wen the sound is playing....
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    Tried it for abt 30 mins....no increase in t though......it did kinda calm me down.....might work if some1 can mix this with other masking sounds.
    ..worth a shot

    But definitely gud be better through speakers..other comments welcome

    Cheer
    Dhaval
     
  4. Steve H
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    Steve H Director Staff Benefactor

    Location:
    York, UK
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    2003
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    Flu, Noise induced
    It won't work through speakers. The theory is that it plays 2 different frequencies, 1 in each ear through headphones, and your brain perceives the difference between them as a frequency below hearing range. This frequency is supposed to encourage brain waves to synchronise at this frequency and create an alpha state.

    It's not clinically proven either way but it kind of feels like it works.

    If you want to listen through speakers you can use 'isochronic' beats. This is a tone that has a vibration effect at the Hertz value of the brainwave you want to achieve. I've got a few tracks like this, let me know a good masking tone for you Dhaval and I'll make you a sound file you can use with speakers.
     
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  5. Dhaval
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    Dhaval Member

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    Hey Steve

    Yeah. I slept well yesterday that's the first time I am saying that in about3 months......so may be it works....now I wanted to share a link with u guys...donno if uve seen it.

    http://www.tinnitusresearch.org/en/patients/newintinnitusresearch_en.php#Brain.

    This describes a bit of what may be happening in our brains....I think alpha waves have more to do with anxiety then tinnitus....any thing helps...helps though...the reason I said through speakers is dat I think it kinda sounds in your head and u can't reallyvtake it more ....after listening to it though you get kind of an oscillating sound in your head....strange but I don't think it's bad.....just finished listening as type dis is really calming.

    I don't really use masking....just using notched white noise....can v combine the two...Also I was wondering if v can notch out several frequencies across the spectrum and see the effect (know it's off topic jus something I wanted to try) combining with these beats.

    Have u tried multiple notch sounds bfor...wud love your input.

    Thanks
    Dhaval
     
  6. James White
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    James White Member Benefactor

    Location:
    Toulouse, France
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    April 2013
    Dhaval : from you link, isn't it interesting ? I wonder what kind of "successful treatment" they are talking about. This is specifically targeted at chronic sufferers.
     
  7. Dhaval
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    Dhaval Member

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    James White, Steve H

    Well, i think what they mean with 'successful treatment' is people who report that their tinnitus has resolved. I can't seem to pin point what treatment they're referring to. Although they may be referring to rTMS.

    I think its more related to psychological changes that take place in a persons being as a result of T and its perception. it would be intresting to find some studies of people who have habituated and returned to normal daily activity. As to how their various brain wave activity reflects.

    People who are very distressed with T experience profound changes in their life, eg: A musician hast cut down on listening to or indulging in his activities related to music and so on. This changes are so profound to many people that even their personality is affected, this would directly reflect in the various EEG, MEG studies.

    I think the connection is more an effect then the cause, there has to be a way to understand whats happening in the ear and the related auditory cortex and nerves which ends up generating T.

    get to the cause of T, rectify it or effectively deal with it (not masking)....that would most probably alleviate a persons distress this in turn would bring his balance back.

    All thoughts welcome

    Cheers
    Dhaval
     
  8. Zak
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    Zak Member

    Location:
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    29/07/2013
    Didn't really do much in terms of dulling my T, but it works as a great mask.
     
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