Need Speakers That Don't Worsen Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by E1243, Sep 24, 2014.

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    1. E1243
      Alone

      E1243 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      People listen to music or noise to help their tinnitus, but no matter how low the volume is, listening to music through speakers or headphones makes my tinnitus worse. I've lost all my friends and music is the only way I have to not go crazy. I haven't been able to listen to music without it making tinnitus worse. I haven't used headphones for years and even with these speakers as quiet as possible, listening to anything on them makes it worse, even hearing another person speaking in a video or whatever. I've also given up piano years ago even though I was only using a digital one, not a loud acoustic one. Are there any speakers that emit noise differently? It must have something to do with the way speakers create sound. I also went to a ear specialist at least a few years ago and they were no help.

      I've also tried speakers from as many different sources as I could. My laptop, tablet, studio monitors, digital piano, even cell phone. They all worsen my tinnitus at any volume level.
       
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1994
      @E1243 -

      I don't think that the solution lies in finding effective speakers. I think that the solution lies in finding an effective "ear specialist" - because your interests were clearly not well-served by the last one you saw.

      In my opinion you need a thorough evaluation, an accurate diagnosis based upon that evaluation, and optimal treatment based upon that diagnosis.

      That's how I see it anyway.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler
       
    3. LadyDi
      Busy

      LadyDi Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Florida, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barotrauma/airplane
      I am not a doctor but I do agree with Dr. Nagler: your electronics are not your problem. You could have hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to sound. The good news is hyperacusis seems to resolve more easily for most people than tinnitus. Find a good doctor and go from there. Good luck. This sounds very uncomfortable and frustrating for you.
       
    4. E1243
      Alone

      E1243 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Well, you guys are right, and I contacted a local audiology clinic to get a more thorough evaluation this time. I guess I was just being pretty impulsive as usual and wanted a short term solution.
       
    5. Sound Wave
      Curious

      Sound Wave Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Location:
      Finland
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably headphones
      I agree - it's not about the spekaers. However, if you are still looking for good quality speakers, my recommendation is to get active studio monitor speakers instead of regular hifi speakers, which often distort sound. Studio monitors are 'flat', i.e. they produce music as it was recorded. I recommend Genelec active monitors. I have two pairs of those - 8020b and 8040a. :)
       

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