Best White Noise Machines for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Anners Joey, Jan 18, 2020.

    1. Anners Joey

      Anners Joey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Monday
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Does anyone have a favorite white noise machine that they use for tinnitus masking?

      For tinnitus, is it better to listen to white noise or various nature sounds? I spent some time this morning at the local river and the river flow canceled out the noise in my head.

      Not sure what’s best to get good rest by.

      Any suggestions?
       
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    2. Louise77

      Louise77 Member

      Location:
      Scotland, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud headphones? Don't know....
      Hi,

      I've never liked pure white noise, it always made my tinnitus worse the next day.

      I have the Sound Oasis S680 machine, and in the past, the Sound Oasis S650.

      They come with sound cards which have loads of different sounds on them, and you can even custom make your own sound card for the S680. Check out Sound Oasis website, you can listen to sample sounds and make up your own sound card.

      The machine also has a function called 'sleep enhancement' where you can have it playing all night and it gradually gets quieter and slower and is supposed to alter your brain waves to induce peaceful sleep. You can read about it on the site. I use SleepPhones with mine (like a soft headband with flat speakers in it) to avoid disturbing my husband. There is a specific 'ear therapy' sound card that you can get for tinnitus with sounds that are set at specific frequencies to mask your tinnitus (if you know the frequency). Eventually you will get used to sleeping with the sound instead of your tinnitus. Its very relaxing.

      Hope this helps.
       
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      Anners Joey

      Anners Joey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Monday
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you and I will check out the products you mentioned! I like that it has accessories to use to not disturb others.

      Thanks again!
       
    4. MBH

      MBH Member

      Location:
      Upstate NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Overloaded stress
      I have a Homedics sound machine that has white noise and sound therapy. I have been using it for two years. I just turn it on and listen at night. I use the ocean sound as my sound therapy.
       
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    5. MRItechssuck
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      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
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      Anners Joey

      Anners Joey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Monday
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Ok great thank you all for the ideas. I will give them all a good look to see what’s best for my needs! I appreciate the help!
       
    7. Michael B
      No Mood

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      '11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced
      It really depends on what you're trying to mask. I have high pitched tinnitus and downloaded Sound Oasis' app called Tinnitus Therapy Lite which gives you several free masking sounds and has others available for minimal fee. I personally use 'Summer Night' which is basically cricket sounds but IMHO better than what is available on YouTube.
       
    8. Dave555
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      Dave555 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7/9/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Power tools
      I use the Alexa speaker. I have a Sound Oasis too but find the Alexa easier to use with voice control (need to make sure it's on loop mode). I have trouble finding the right buttons on the Sound Oasis at night. Rarely I'll use both at the same time if there's more than one thing I want to listen to.
       
    9. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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

      Deliberately masking your tinnitus so that it can't be heard is not a good idea. It is better to use sound enrichment. Please read the post below.

      Michael


      Should I mask my tinnitus?


      Tinnitus is a complex condition and if hyperacusis (sensitivity to sound) is present it is even more. Many newbies have difficulty coping with tinnitus and understandably, getting rid of this constant intruder, that has suddenly invaded their life becomes paramount on their mind. In an attempt to do this, they will usually try every means possible to distract themselves from the tinnitus which will include masking it completely with another sound so that it can’t be heard.

      However, tinnitus is quite resilient, any attempts to mask it completely are usually unsuccessful. As soon as the masking sound is removed or stopped temporarily, the brain will immediately focus back on it and often, it appears to be louder and more intrusive. This causes stress especially for someone new to tinnitus. For anyone that doesn’t know, the more stressed we are the tinnitus becomes more intrusive, and the louder the tinnitus is the more stressed we are. It can become a vicious circle.

      Anyone that is seasoned to tinnitus and has habituated, knows that trying to mask it completely so that it can’t be heard is not achievable. A much better way and preferred method that Hearing Therapists advise tinnitus patients, is to use sound enrichment. One can use music or nature sounds from a sound machine and set the volume slightly below the tinnitus. By doing this, the brain over time will learn to no longer see the tinnitus as a threat and gradually push the noise further into the background giving it less importance, which is called habituation.

      In-ear or BTE (behind the ear) white noise generators can also be used as part of TRT. They do a similar thing. By setting the volume slightly below the tinnitus, over time the brain habituates to the white noise and gradually pushes the tinnitus further into the background.

      Michael

      PS: Anyone that has tinnitus especially when it was caused by exposure to loud noise, I advise them not to use headphones, even at low volume to play music or white noise for sound enrichment.
       
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      Anners Joey

      Anners Joey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Monday
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you Michael for the info.
       
    11. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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

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