Do You Hear Your Tinnitus on Your Pillow?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Penelope33, Jan 4, 2014.

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    1. Penelope33
      Torn

      Penelope33 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2013
      When I try to sleep, my t is so loud and amplified on my pillow, both ears. I've got a sound pillow but crave silence. Sometimes I don't use the sound pillow, I just try to shut out the noise but can't.

      Do you hear it on your pillow more? How do you deal with it?! It's driving me insane :-(
       
    2. Dmitry
      Creative

      Dmitry Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      I know the feeling it can be extremely tough! I guess you could sleep on your back?
      These might be standard things that you might have thought of already but:
      - I generally leave a window open, have a fan etc
      - Or take a long relaxing warm shower before you go to bed and just accept the ringing.
      - If its really bad get a film on your laptop and just watch it until you feel really sleepy or actually fall asleep:)
      - And finally sleeping pills easier in natural form or as medication

      Hope this helps!
       
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    3. LeQuack
      Scared

      LeQuack Member Benefactor

      Location:
      United States of Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad luck and bad genes
      I bash my head into the pillow until I'm too exhausted to care.
       
    4. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Oh yeah I do. But I've long ago reached the point where I am able to fall asleep to the noise. I do like nature masking tracks though and play those often.

      Best wishes
       
    5. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      Oh ya. It's terrible at night. I like to fall asleep to music or pretend the T is a campfire or crickets. I don't think you'll go insane. I worked for over 30 years in a psychiatric hospital and never had a patient with psychosis by tinnitus. Though I sure do believe you, it can be maddening.
       
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    6. Hendre Vlad
      Haunting

      Hendre Vlad Member

      Location:
      Romania
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      I usualy put music to play on the pc...and yeah....avoid sleeping with ear on pillow...but i can fall asleep even with my ear on the pillow....but best on my back :D
       
    7. Linds
      Balanced

      Linds Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brisbane Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2013
      Hmm. Interesting conversation. My left ear is the loudest and I notice that when I put it on the pillow t is quieter.
      I still need meds for sleep though.
      Quieter does not mean gone, it is still loud.
       
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    8. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      ...but you should have seen people with tinnitus checking in and out...it happens all the time.
       
    9. Liesel

      Liesel Member

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2013
      It's nearly impossible for me to not sleep on my side, so I feel you. Unless I'm so exhausted that I'll fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, I sleep with a fan on. My T varies in volume a good bit so I usually end up sleeping with my "good" ear at the time to the pillow.
       
    10. AnneG
      Cheerful

      AnneG Member

      Location:
      Philippines
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/13
      I know how you feel, I sleep on my Left side and iys waaaay louder when my head's against a pillow.
       
    11. Hendre Vlad
      Haunting

      Hendre Vlad Member

      Location:
      Romania
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2013
      YUp...same only with my right ear...i never liked sleeping on my back..but now..i can fall asleep easy on that position :))
       
    12. I who love music
      Cheerful

      I who love music Member

      Location:
      Michigan
      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      I don't remember tinnitus ever coming up as a health issue to be addressed. I'm sure there were silent sufferers though.
       
    13. mick1987
      No Mood

      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I used to have the same problem sleeping on my right side (T in right ear)when I first got tinnitus in 2012, after about 6 months I could put my ear on the pillow and sleep fine. It increased in volume and changed pitch 3 months ago, it was so loud I couldn't bare to be in a quite room, laying on my right was unreal, now though I have no problems sleeping with my right ear on the pillow, still the same volume, even louder with my ear against the pillow, but I am not consciously aware of the noise and sleep fine now, it's the alcohol withdrawal that was keeping me awake before.
       
    14. baddream
      Depressed

      baddream Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2012
      Only way for me to sleep is to use white noise on my iphone with earbuds
      If i try to sleep on my side with my ear to the pillow the tinnitus is just too loud and is amplified by the pillow because of lack of outside noise
       
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    15. Balthazar

      Balthazar Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/13
      I've always slept with my right ear on the pillow. I stopped doing so when I got the T, but found I struggled to get to sleep. So I started sleeping on my right ear again (without masking) and despite it sounding like I have a gong going in my head I'm still able to sleep quite soundly. I don't really understand it because I'm listening to the sound and not trying to ignore it at all.
       
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    16. applewine
      Curious

      applewine Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Myofascial Trigger Points
      I've got noises I don't normally hear unless my head is against a pillow I think.

      I like to sleep on my side, but sleeping on my back makes it harder to hear the softer noise.

      Make sure you have a think pillow for back sleeping for your neck and thicker or two pillows for side sleeping.

      The loudest noise I can hear during the day. There is a chance this one is somatic.

      I also have some morse code noises, which I'm experimenting to see if certain neck position or can't actions make them stop.

      I have a lot if cranio mandibular dysfunction pain in those muscles.

      I also have some weird Neuro thing with cold water sensations I get all over, sometimes burning and stinging.

      It is hard to cope with three medical conditions.
       
    17. Asian

      Asian Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      4 weeks
      Though my T is mostly in my left ear/head, it often switches the side in my head and seems to be coming from right side if I put my right ear on the pillow. Not sure if it actually happens or my perception but when I stick my finger in my ears while sleeping, the sound is on the left side if I am putting my left ear on the pillow and vice versa. I feel my neck position while sleeping is somehow affecting the loudness and the pitch and the volume dramatically reduces when I get up.

      Getting an indoor water fountain tomorrow. I hope it will mask this nasty thing somewhat
       
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    18. TwinGlocks

      TwinGlocks Member

      Location:
      Houston, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/20/2013
      Every night....
       
    19. jewellanne1010

      jewellanne1010 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/1999
      Ughhh yea I take klonopin to help me sleep if I do wake up I pretend its the 4th of july anf I hear the little sounds of fire crackers going off in my head
       
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    20. Penelope33
      Torn

      Penelope33 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2013
      I wish I were a back sleeper but I like to lay on my side with my ears tithe pillow. It's so loud though. I hate hearing the noise and I wake up with it and then the anxiety on top.
       
    21. Maddy
      Doubtful

      Maddy Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      31/3/14
      Penelope I totally agree! I used to always sleep on the side with my head on the pillow, however now since my T developed in that ear I can no longer sleep properly on that side as the T seems SUPER loud! I only have T in one ear so I am adjusting to sleeping on the other side or on my back! I really believe that we just have to accept the noise is there instead of thinking "why is it always there!" "It's so annoying" "why me?!", "I wish it would just go away!" I know that this sounds so ridiculous as I sit there for most of the day thinking these thoughts but they just make me so anxious and depressed where as if I stop thinking about it for a few moments and just accept that it's there when I hear it again I feel much better :)
       
    22. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      It used to bother me a lot. However, nowadays my T ear (left) is sometimes relativelly quiet against the pillow. It changes from night to night. When it's louder, it irritates me yes, but I can usually fall back asleep. I use rainfall sounds every night through my iPad + quality active speaker.

      If this is big problem for you, then I would explore getting a custom molded in-ear headphones, which you could use comfortably sleeping against pillow. Some manufacturers are for example Ultimate Ears and Shure. The forum for these is Head-Fi.
       
    23. Nathaniel Teposo
      Anime

      Nathaniel Teposo Member

      Location:
      Manila, Philippine
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 1, 2014
      all the time i hear it.
       
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    24. nogood
      Torn

      nogood Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity/infection
      For me sleep = xanax
      :(
       
    25. slc

      slc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Or use the sound machine with the ocean sound . I also play about an hour music on my iPod that includes a hypnosis tape by Kevin Hogan specifically created to address tinnitus .

      Before bed, about 9 PM I take 10 mg of melatonin, good night sleep Tea available from the Ayurvedic institute in New Mexico, 30 mg of Celexa , 1.5 mg of Klonopin , and use Jatamamsi oil on my forehead and nostrils. That combination does the trick and I am able to sleep usually through the night. Although I sometimes wake up feeling tired which might indicate my sleep quality is not the best . I also was seeing a hypnotist for several years and learned some simple self hypnosis techniques that seemed to help. ( for some reason I found that including some really depressed type music made me feel better . But all the music is very mellow and some more positive .)
       
    26. Song interpreter
      Creative

      Song interpreter Member

      Location:
      Southern California
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Too much noise
      Laying down does not change my ringing. If I play 15 minutes of a podcast that is just loud enough for me to hear and what is being said, I can escape by listening and and concentrating on hearing the speaker. I'll be asleep before it stops. What used to keep me awake, now helps me sleep. Thinking through problems. Designing: clothes, sewing projects, room make over etc. Or, if I just stay up late enough, when I get to bed, I'm asleep!

      Nothing changes for me by hitting the pillow.
       
    27. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      It's so loud that when I put my ear to the pillow the pain of the piercing sound bothers me more than the actual noise. It's feels like the high tones and screaching are splitting my ear drums open. Having said this, I do sleep very well. I can't hear my T when I'm asleep so bed time and sleep are my only get a way from the torture.
       
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    28. Sgguy46
      Jaded

      Sgguy46 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress
      sleeping is not a problem. it is being awake that is tough
       
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    29. AnxiousJon
      Magical

      AnxiousJon Member

      Location:
      Oregon
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Anxiety, Insomnia, and a Fan at Night
      Taking b6 or something else to help you remember your dreams more vividly can increase your time away from tinnitus. Otherwise you close your eyes, and the next thing you know you're awake, and it's back to T.
       
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    30. daniel1111
      Shitfaced

      daniel1111 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, repeated exposure with loud headphones.
      It's exactly like this for me. Whichever ear is on the pillow has amplified tinnitus. I am not really bothered by my tinnitus at the moment, but when I was, I tried putting the pillow in such a way that my head was on it but my eat wasn't. And then sometimes using a sound masker behind my head.

      Yes this was awkward but, I had to do it.
       
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