Hey There, High-Pitched Constant Ringing, Looking for Ideas

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    1. Luke77

      Luke77 Member

      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, probably loud noise
      Hey there :) I started noticing high pitched ringing in mid-2015 and it was on and off, finally always-on. Audiologist said I have early stage hearing loss and Tinnitus. Came here looking for any physical treatments or distracting sounds to help as sometimes it's impossible to focus on anything when its louder than usual.
    2. billie48

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to TT and hope that you will find much helpful information here with its rich resources. I am also someone with very high pitch tinnitus. Mine is like a dentist drill with 10 times the pitch, and I could hear it in the last few flights I took and above the roaring rapids of the wild salmon rivers I fish. So I understand the pain of dealing with that kind of high pitch shrill in our head. Worse, on top of that, I also had severe hyperacusis which turned all normal sounds so loud and piercingly hurtful. It was a nightmare to have the both of them as they don't like each other, meaning if I plug my ears to protect from H, that would only make T so unbearably dominant without any outside masking sounds. T & H literally turned me into a mess mentally and physically and I had to depend on meds initially just to survive. I never thought I could recover my good life again. But never say never. Today I live a normal, productive and absolutely enjoyable life. I wrote my success story like others did, in which I list many helpful insights and strategies I learned from others and some from myself. If you are interested to read it, here is the link to it:


      One of the strategies is to masking actively when T is new or when it hit a new level. Masking will give us some sense of control back so we can diminish the impact of the horrible shriek in our ears so we may need less anxiety meds with masking. If you are looking for distracting sounds and for ways to mask your T, here are some suggestions:

      1) Mask at bed time so you can sleep better. You can use a sound pillow or sound machine with pillow speakers for this if you have a spouse sleeping in the same room, or a computer with speakers if sleeping alone. Whatever works to get good sleep. There are good sound machine & pillow therapy systems like this one:


      2) If you need masking on the go, try load an ipod with nature sounds or music using itune. If you have a smart phone, you can download free APPs for soothing or T-masking sounds. Use wisdom in the use of headphones or earbuds as extended use or excessive volume may hurt your ears. Try set the volume slightly below that of your tinnitus.

      3) If you have computer and speakers, you can try these excellent masking sounds too:

      TT's audio player: https://www.tinnitustalk.com/audioplayer/

      or this online sound library, particularly the self-mix nature sounds: https://mynoise.net

      or download free sound generator ‘aire freshener’: http://www.peterhirschberg.com/mysoftware.html

      or search youtube with words like 'tinnitus masking sounds', 'white noise', 'rain sound' etc.

      As for physical treatments, you can read up the Treatment or Alternative Treatment sections on TT to get some detail ideas of what to expect. You can also do some simple things, such as changing your diet to eat more healthily and to have less of salt, sugar, MSG, caffeine, alcohol etc. You can also take supplements such as NAC, Magnesium, Zinc, B12 or B complex, D3 etc.

      Take good care. God bless.

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