Refrigerator Hum Masks My Tinnitus Well — How Can I Make This Portable?

Discussion in 'Support' started by GBB, Nov 18, 2020 at 11:56 PM.

    1. GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      When I sit in my kitchen between my fridge and a little wine fridge under the counter, it's really hard for me to hear my tinnitus - the noise is more of a whirrrrr in contrast with a standard fan or white noise machine which is more of a shhhhhh - the latter actually irritates and spikes my ears. I stayed in a hotel with a mini fridge for a month and verified the same masking effect without ear irritation and tinnitus spiking.

      I'm not really sure what produces that sound, but I'd really like to have a unit in my room without buying an entire refrigerator (though if I absolutely have to I will). Is there anyone here with enough mechanical savvy to be able to tell me how the whirrrr noise is being produced, and if I could buy the component?
       
    2. Croaker
      Haunting

      Croaker Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It’s the compressor. You can get one separately for repairs.
       
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      GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      Ah okay, thank you, I will look up whether I can buy one that can plug in by itself.
       
    4. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      You could try recording the sound and playing it in your room...

      There might be something on YouTube that you could use to play.
      Does this video...

      Two-Cylinder Air Compressor Stereo Sound...


      ...sound like your compressor? I could tell you the software you can use to download YouTube videos.
       
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      AUTHOR
      GBB

      GBB Member

      Location:
      NYC
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Microsuction / Additional Acoustic Trauma in Close Proximity
      Thanks - for some reason only the real sound will do it. When coming from my PC it’s still quite easy to pick out my tinnitus. I noticed the same thing with crickets this summer when my tinnitus started. It’s a shame but I’ll need to figure out how to get the real thing.
       
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    6. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced (Earbuds , Prednisone?, Aspirin)
      I heard some dude is making a head vibrator that uses super low frequency, so it won't be bothersome like a jackhammer or dildo is on your neck. It was originally made for motion sickness but happy accident it supresses tinnitus too.
       
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    7. vttbx

      vttbx Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2001
      Go to tmsoft.com. Once you download their app, you can load stock sounds, but they also allow users to create their own custom sounds. Odds are you can find something close to the fridge noise here:

      https://whitenoisemarket.com/tag/noise
      https://whitenoisemarket.com/search/fridge
       
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    8. lightning
      Amused

      lightning Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Severe tinnitus since Dec 30 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure
      One of the ceiling lights in my kitchen buzzes like crazy. It's perfect for masking my T so I refuse to fix it lol.
       
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    9. Poseidon65

      Poseidon65 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      MyNoise is another app which allows you to create custom sounds. You can slide the volume up and down at different frequencies to get exactly the sound you need to mask.
       

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