How to Distract Myself from Tinnitus During the Work Day?

Discussion in 'Support' started by GBB, Nov 25, 2020.

    1. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      When I'm working from home I usually play music or a podcast on speakers, but I'm fearing going back to the office and sitting in relative silence. I suppose I can't use headphones as that might make things worse.

      Does anyone have any methods they use at the office?
       
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    2. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      So listen to music on speakers at work...
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      I can't do that in an open office, sorry to say.
       
    4. dan
      Chatty

      dan Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Toronto, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      Listen on Bose Headphones.
       
    5. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Started with a cold, possibly worsened by medication/noise
      These days companies boast about being inclusive and open to disability (equality act etc), although it often looks like just a PR facade.

      Perhaps you could request a cubicle office facing the open space, with glass walls as they do on trading floors, for medical reasons, like a small converted meeting room? Also tell them it's temporary? This would be done, ideally, after you are already an employee or have been for some time, as going in with such a request at the interview would be more difficult.

      In any case you are lucky that music and podcasts distract you. Mine is so horrid now that there is no distraction. I'm trying to meditate on the sound but it's impossible.
       
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    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I understand your concerns and agree with you not to use headphones. Most offices' aren't completely quiet, so I suggest using a small portable sound machine. The correct way to use it is having the sound playing at a low level so it can easily be ignored and not drawing attention to itself. Social distancing is now in place in most working environments. Therefore, a sound machine set at the level I recommend shouldn't be an annoyance to any of your co-workers two metres away.

      Sound Oasis make some of the best sound machines and they are especially made for people with tinnitus. I have three models and recommend the S-850 travel version. It is just 140mm x 75mm x 35mm in depth and should easily fit on a desk without taking up much room.

      A sound machine is not like music and won't easily draw attention to itself in an open office. The S-850 can be mains or battery operated.

      Michael
       
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    7. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      How about wearable speakers?
       
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    8. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud live music show
      +1 on a sound machine, fan or air purifier.

      I know someone who had a Dyson air purifier on his desk, and no one said anything about it.
       
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