Anyone Use Wireless Bluetooth Ear Buds for Tinnitus Masking? Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Support' started by John Meyers, Nov 20, 2018.

    1. John Meyers
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      John Meyers Member

      Location:
      Chicago, IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Just One (1) Loud Rock Concert!
      Does anyone have a good recommendation for an ear bud that works well with Bluetooth for masking?

      Please provide the application you use as well. -- Thanks much, John

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    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Anyone that has tinnitus that was caused by exposure to loud noise and uses earbuds, headphones of any type to listen to audio, including white or pink noise, risks making their tinnitus worse even at low volume. If you intend masking your tinnitus using these dangerous devices, then you will certainly make your tinnitus worse. Tinnitus should never be masked/covered up so it can't be heard.

      Using white noise generators which provide soothing regulated white noise into the ear is the right way to go. Earbuds/headphones playing white noise sound crude and abrasive in comparison.

      Michael
       
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    3. kelpiemsp
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      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      Have you looked at apple’s AirPods? They work quite well for masking at night.

      I’d stay away from white noise. The latest research suggests white noise makes Tinnitus worse and can predispose you to neurodegenerative conditions.

      Classical music or speech is considered the best.
       
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    4. coffee_girl
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      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      I love classical music... <3
       
    5. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Out of interest @coffee_girl whose your favourite classical composer?
       
    6. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      Beethoven, Bach, Bartok, I listen to a lot of classic jazz too... And piano. I've recently discovered Renaissance music and I love it lol.
      What about you?
       
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    7. kelpiemsp
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      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      I’ve always enjoyed the musician more than the composer. To those ends Yo-yo Ma is my fav!
       
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    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @coffee_girl

      You have good taste in music. I have music by the three composers you mention in my collection particularly Bach, as I love Baroque and he is considered one of the masters. My favourite composer is Handel, a Baroque composer but also have a liking for Haydn and Mozart -the first movement of his 29th symphony I especially like. Meddelssohn is another favourtie of mine and I'm always moved when I hear Fingal's Cave.

      I enjoy opera too. Soprano and Mezzo soprano arias I particulaly like. Sofie von otter is one of my favourite singers. When I listen to her singing: Handel's Marian Cantatas and Arias, I am touched in an almost ethereal way that is behond this world, for it is sublime. Please have a listen if you haven't heard Handel' Marain Cantatas sung by Sofie Von Otter. Just go to Youtube.

      Michael
       
    9. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      Interesting. Does that apply to all types (pink and brown) or only white noise? I personally find white noise harsh, but pink noise seems gentler since it uses the full spectrum.
       
    10. kelpiemsp
      Swamped

      kelpiemsp Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      birth/ recent spike 2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Born with ETD, several acoustic traumas, most recently ETD
      As far as I understand, it is all random noise. We have evolved (or designed depending on your belief) to recognize patterns in noise.
       
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    11. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      All my life, but got worse 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced / Concert
      Yeah, Bach is probably my favorite out of all the classic composers, classical music has the ability to bring tears to my eyes... It is a triumph to civilization and a true legacy to mankind. If you ever go camping, lay under the stars and listen to some Beethoven, it instantly teleports you back in time.

      I used to go to the opera but I never got into it, it was a fun excuse to watch my mom dress up and to see my parents look pretty. But I never understood it.

      Nowadays I swap between Lil Kim and Brian Crain
       
    12. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Again there has been no scientific evidence that wearing headphones and using them at low volumes damages hearing or makes tinnitus worse.

      All of these reports are based on anecdotal evidence, which MANY factors come into play. I'm not saying dismiss anecdotal evidence, just take it with a grain of salt.
       
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    13. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @Jack Straw

      Indeed. Many people in this forum that have "noise induced" tinnitus and returned to using headphones are now regreting the error of their ways because their tinnitus has increased and will not return to it's previous level. Scientific evidence is lies mixed with the truth. The facts are: Anyone whose tinnitus was caused by "noise exposure" and uses headphones even at low volume, risks making their tinnitus worse. Just last week, a member of this forum whom I will not mention contacted me after using headphones at low volume. His tinnitus has increased and will not return to it's previous level.

      It is true not everyone with "noise induced" tinnitus will be adversely affected by headphone use but the majority of people that do have NIT are affected by headphones. The tinnitus only needs to spike once and it's game over.

      Michael
       
    14. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I know precisely what you mean.
      I am an Audiophile and often, transported into another realm listening to classical and opera music. When the synergy of my system is in full flow as we Audiophiles call it. The speakers completely disappear and all one hears is the music...

      Michael
       
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      John Meyers
      Artistic

      John Meyers Member

      Location:
      Chicago, IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Just One (1) Loud Rock Concert!
      Thanks for the feedback everyone.

      I was just going to listen to my "crickets/cicadas" app and was thinking of wireless ear buds instead of those with wires.

      I don't really like white noise anyway.
       
    16. Kelvin

      Kelvin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Dental Work
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    17. Mystery Reader

      Mystery Reader Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still Under Investigation
      @kelpiemsp
      I appreciate this information. It's also the kind of thing that just throws me deeper into confusion. From the onset (and believe me, I researched!) one of the few constants I came across was the use of white and pink noise in the management of this condition. I've been using both for a year, both with in-ear WNG and table top models. Quite honestly, I have difficulty sleeping without the fan AND the LectroFan machine going. Now there's the possibility that all of this can made it worse?? Lest my post be misinterpreted, this isn't a case of "shooting the messenger." I find this interesting (if discouraging) information, but obviously important to look into. Thanks for posting this @kelpiemsp.

      Mystery Reader
       
    18. dougwarby

      dougwarby Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Hi Michael, how fo you mean to use the white noise if not by an ear bud?
      Surely an ear bud with a soft masking sound would be ok?
       

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