What Is the Benefit of Sound Enrichment?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Dankmemes, Sep 2, 2018.

    1. Dankmemes

      Dankmemes Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I remember someone telling me to play sounds of nature while sleeping or “sound enrichment”.

      What is the benefit of this?

      Currently I have zero problems sleeping in a completely quiet room and fall asleep with a few minutes every night and stay asleep the entire night.

      Will I still benefit from it?
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
    2. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      It helped me habituate to mild tinnitus. It helps push the tinnitus further back so its not always intrusive. Now I play it full blast to mask my severe tinnitus. Sound oasis helps with hyperacusis as well.
       
      • Hug Hug x 1
    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      @Michael Leigh believes that there is a benefit.

      Based on my own experiences, I think that the only benefit to enrichment is to help you fall asleep.
       
    4. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earbuds
      You're sleeping soundly. Why bother?
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
    5. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      @Michael B @Dankmemes

      The brain and auditory system never switch off. If a person with tinnitus especially if it is intrusive, sleeps in a quiet room, the brain has the ability to increase its background activity. It will search for sound from the outside environment. In doing so the tinnitus increases too and will make it louder and more intrusive over time. Evidence of the brain and auditory system never switching off is well known. Relatives and friends of someone in a coma for instance, are encouraged by doctors to talk to the person, as the auditory system is the last sense to go and the first to return.

      By using sound enrichment at night, it helps the brain to suppress it's background activity and thus helping the tinnitus to not increase. Sound enrichment should be kept at a low level so it is not drawing attention to itself like a radio. Nature sounds are preferred as they do not evoke emotion and can easily be dismissed unlike music. During the day, if one chooses to use music for sound enrichment this is perfectly fine. Again, the purpose is to provide low level background ambiance, so relaxing music such as classical is ideal.

      Michael
       
      • Helpful Helpful x 2
      • Like Like x 1
    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      Playing sound enrichment at a level that masks (covers-up) the tinnitus is not a good idea. By masking the tinnitus so it can't be heard, you are not allowing your brain to habituate to it. It is better to play sound enrichment slightly below the tinnitus if possible. Even if the tinnitus is a lot louder try not to play sound enrichment at a matching level.

      Michael
       
    7. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      What about the evidence of the brain making T louder as a result of silence at night?!

      What you have is a theory. My theory is that being exposed to sound at night creates additional stress on one's auditory system and the brain and as a result, one's T might get louder. In any case, one ought to try it both ways and see which theory seems to be true as far as one's body is concerned.
       
    8. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      No actually, it's a fact based on many years living with tinnitus and corresponding with people with the condition. Sound enrichment will not suit everyone. Therefore, the choice is up to them whether they wish to use it or not. I still use it after 22 years.

      Michael
       
    9. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      I tried both, sleeping in silence and sleeping with sound. I did not notice any difference. The problem (or should i say luckily), when i use sound enrichment, i can´t use the right volume, because when i use 1 or 2 on my iphone i don´t even hear it next to my bed and with volume 3 my T is already covered.

      I think i´ll just use it when my T bothers me more than other days.
       
    10. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      You are not using sound enrichment correctly and therefore you will not notice the benefits. Firstly, using a phone is not ideal because it has a small speaker. Therefore, sound quality and volume will not be sufficient. Use a dedicated sound machine by "Oasis" who make them specifically for people with tinnitus. I assure that you will realize the difference in quality.

      One can use a phone by either blue-toothing it to an external speaker or a connect to docking station with speakers. Nature sounds should be used. Another thing. Sound enrichment takes time to get used to . Some people are not patient and don't give themselves time to adjust. Prior to your onset of tinnitus you probably slept in a completely silent room. This is what your brain is used to and what you're familiar with. Tinnitus for some people can be life changing and requires transition to a new way of life and eventually to habituation. Give yourself time to make the adjustment, at least 2 months.

      Michael
       
    11. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      This fact is definitely not true for me and a number of others who had posted here.
       
    12. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      I am not getting into a long winded debate about this Bill. I replied to the author's enquiry upon seeing your message via PM.

      All the best
      Michael
       
    13. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Thanks, maybe i´ll try it in the future.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    14. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I am not saying that there is anything wrong with what you said. I am sure that it is true for many people. I am just saying that one ought to figure out what works best for them.
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
    15. MBH

      MBH Member

      Location:
      Upstate NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Overloaded stress
      I use a sound machine at night, but that's because T upsets my sleep and I just can't sleep. The sound machine ocean setting works well for me. My sound machine has different settings. If you need to use a sound machine for T use it.
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
    16. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Southern CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Earbuds
      Another component of sound enrichment is the emotional aspect of it. After years, I've come to rely on mine and feel a sense of peace the moment I hear it.
       

Share This Page

Loading...