Pulsatile Tinnitus and Sound Therapy

Discussion in 'Support' started by Kate, Aug 27, 2016.

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    1. Kate

      Kate Member

      Location:
      Toronto
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2009
      Hi,

      Has anyone tried any kind of sound therapy for pulsatile tinnitus?

      I have both PT and T, and I know there is quite a bit of info on here and research going on for sound therapy for T.

      Myself, I find the pulsing more annoying than the buzzing. I've undergone most of the imaging tests (been almost 7 years now) and I'm giving up hope of any kind of medical resolution for the PT. So I wondered if the theory behind sound therapy for T would work for the pulsing too. I know Dr. Nagler in the past has said that TRT works for PT and T.

      Has anyone tried TRT or any other kind of sound therapy to turn down the constant pulsing sound in their brain? My brain will ignore it for a few minutes if I get distracted by something (conversation, TV show...) but as soon as I'm back in the moment, there it is!

      Kate
       
    2. JasonStreet05

      JasonStreet05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I've only had pulsatile tinnitus since June, but it has increased in severity over the past few weeks to the point of joining this forum for help. One thing that seems to have helped me is if I have a loud fan in my room, or even something like a white noise. Right now I actually have the sound of a shower running playing from my iPhone. It at least reduces the perception of the pounding in my ear. I hope that helps.
       
    3. Kate

      Kate Member

      Location:
      Toronto
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2009
      Hi, thanks for the suggestions. I've been at this for years now, so I've tried a lot of masking techniques, and I don't find them very effective for the PT because I can hear it and the fan or white noise at the same time. I was wondering if there is a way to train my brain to ignore the pulsing, the same as some techniques train the brain to ignore the buzzing/ hissing etc. of T.
      By the way, if you're new to PT, you should get a vascular workup to try and find what is causing it. It rarely has anything to do with the ear. If they can find the cause, quite often they can fix it.
       
    4. JasonStreet05

      JasonStreet05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      That must be very intense if you can hear both the pulsing and the noise at the same time.

      I actually have an MRI scheduled for next week Friday... Hopefully they can figure out what the deal is.
       
    5. Kate

      Kate Member

      Location:
      Toronto
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2009
      Good, MRI is usually where they usually start with the testing. If you need more information on PT, there is a lot on the site www.whooshers.com, and some very knowledgable and helpful people in the related Facebook group. Some of us have to put a lot of effort into getting the PT diagnosed. Good luck!
       
    6. JasonStreet05

      JasonStreet05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      Thank you!
       
    7. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Before I had regular T in my left ear I had 8 months of PT. I found I could mask the noise by putting a foam earplug deep into the ear. I was able to get to sleep quite easily then. It won't work of course if you have regular T in the ear as all you'll do is accentuate the noise due to lack of ambient masking. My tonal T in my left ear cropped up about 8 months after the PT disappeared.
       
    8. Kate

      Kate Member

      Location:
      Toronto
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2009
      I've just been madly pushing fingers and ear plugs into my ears, but not with any success! I would be thrilled with any break from the whooshing, but it doesn't seem to make much difference and I have to hold the plug in the ear to get any reduction. I can move my jaw just slightly and get a significant reduction, but I can't hold it in that position. We're kind of getting off topic here, I was hoping someone might have tried to habituate to PT using sound therapy, including TRT. Maybe not, or maybe they're getting on with their life and not coming back here
       

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