Quick Question: Are Headphones Safe When Used for Meditation or Nature Sounds?

Discussion in 'Support' started by bellafjelle, Aug 14, 2017.

    1. bellafjelle
      Angelic

      bellafjelle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault which perforated my ear drum (Spike 2017 unknown)
      Hello all,

      We all know that headphones is not the best option when listening to music or movies and such.

      However, does the headphones still pose a threat when using them for meditation and/or nature sounds?
       
    2. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      If your tinnitus was originally caused by "loud noise" I advise you not to use headphones to listen to any type of audio even at low volume. Some people with tinnitus that was caused by loud noise, use headphones without any adverse effects but there is always a risk of making the tinnitus worse, even at low volume. Read some of the posts in this forum, from people that had habituated and their tinnitus was low. They returned to using headphones keeping the volume low and the tinnitus increased, and will not reduce to baseline. Many people with tinnitus regret using headphones.

      If your tinnitus wasn't caused by loud noise, I still wouldn't advise using headphones but it's your choice.

      Michael
       
    3. walkthroughwalls

      walkthroughwalls Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Sound is sound. I can't see why meditation or nature sounds shouldn't be harmful while others are.
       
    4. Julien87
      Happy

      Julien87 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure (concert)
      Yes sound is sound. Listening to hard rock could be less damaging than nature sounds if you play them at high volume :D
      If you use a low volume (15-20 %), it should not be a threat in my opinion, regardless what you're listening to.
       
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      AUTHOR
      bellafjelle
      Angelic

      bellafjelle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault which perforated my ear drum (Spike 2017 unknown)
      Ok.

      What about using headphones when doing Acoustic Neuromodulation? Would you still consider that dangerous?
       
    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      The way I understand it Neuromodulation plays a series of tones or bleeps which are not like music and therefore has no syncopation throughout it's frequency range where as music does. You should be okay.
      Michael
       
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    7. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      I finally figured it out. Michael is a MIT rocket scientist :)

      He knows way too much about headphones and i wouldn't be surprised if he has future prototypes hidden in his closet..lol
       
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    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      lol @fishbone. I'm nothing of the sort but wish I were. I used to use high quality headphones for many years to listen to my music, which eventually gave me tinnitus. I'm a carpenter & joiner sorry to disappoint..lol

      Michael
       
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    9. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I use headphones for all kinds of sounds, including Acoustic Neuromodulation.
      As far as I know, syncopation is not an issue for Tinnitus: I can't find any paper mentioning any link.
       
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      AUTHOR
      bellafjelle
      Angelic

      bellafjelle Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault which perforated my ear drum (Spike 2017 unknown)
      Cool. Thanks :)
       

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