I'd thought I would start a thread on how to get about life with real practical hints and tips to make our situation better when dealing with the world when you have tinnitus. So what life hacks are you using? In response, these life hacks should be of a practical non-medical nature. This thread isn't for dealing with psychology of our own minds, or medical devices or medicine -- there are plenty of other threads that cater for those subjects. Here are my life hacks: Getting a quieter space with a silent computer Most of us are on the computer much of the time. You can actually buy or build your own silent computer. By silent I mean zero noise. No moving parts whatsoever. On the Apple side of this things you have the new 2015 Macbook 12 inch. On the PC desktop grade side of things, there's Nofen (previously Nofan), which has no fans and instead uses a massive heatsink which consumes nearly the entire cavity of the computer case. I have one of these and been using it for a few years without issue (medium load stuff like programming and data processing. Not sure how it would perform with gaming though). Restauranting Go to the restaurant at an unpopular time like 5:30pm. This is the time when the restaurant owners are less busy and are lot more amiable for requests. "Would you be kind enough to drop the volume of the music for half an hour or so? I have hearing damage. I'd be so grateful. Thank you ever so kindly." Also, if you're the first person there, there are no other patrons making noise. Getting people near to you to be quiet Never use the word 'tinnitus'. Of those who know of tinnitus, in their mind they're thinking that your condition is of a psychological nature, something that can be ignored if you try hard enough and therefore they can afford to be less considerate of you. Instead, tell them that you have 'hearing damage'. They tend to be more considerate of that. With my flatmates, I tell them 'working on my business and I need quiet' -- they seem to respect that even more. Libraries If you need to study or just need a quiet place, go to state or national libraries rather than local libraries. Local libraries tend to be used as free child minding centers. Air plane flight A combination of ear plugs and active noise cancellation headphones will bring the noise down to a more comfortable level. So what life hacks have you got?