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Posted in Tinnitus on 17.06.10 by Merlyn

Tinnitus Masking Hearing Aid

Sound Masking Tinnitus – 4 Tinnitus Masking Techniques

Sound Masking Tinnitus

While there is no medical cure for tinnitus (ringing in your ears), doctors do recommend treatments such as tinnitus masking that is a way of covering up your tinnitus noise in a different greater number of pleasing sound. The most prevalent system is to use “white” noise which contains all the sound frequencies. Sound Masking Tinnitus

Other types of masking noises are “pink” noise (higher frequencies are removed), and “brown” noise (focus is other on the lower frequencies). Tinnitus masking is one form of tinnitus treatment and may not work for everyone especially for those whose tinnitus noise that are in the higher frequencies which the masking device may not be able to reproduce.

1. The “home made” method is one that you can try right away to determine if the masking method works for you. This method is the cheapest and uses things that are available around you. For example, some people find that the noise of running water can mask out the noise. Other techniques include the sound of a whirling fan, the static noise from an untuned FM radio station, humming noise from an air conditioner and so on. The disadvantage to this method is that you do not have much mobility if you need to be outside. However, it can bring temporary relief.

2. The “mobility” method for tinnitus masking comes in the form of hearing aids which contain a white noise generator in addition to noise amplification for those hard of hearing. In order for these devices to be effective, their small speakers must be of high quality in order to produce high frequencies (10-20KHZ). Most tinnitus sufferers noise frequencies falls into this range. There are some devices that can even produce higher frequencies above 20KHZ. Take this into consideration when shopping for these hearing aid devices.Sound Masking Tinnitus

3. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) is a method where sound (white or pink noise) and therapy (counseling) is used to “retrain” the brain to “block” out the noise. Since the noise is being “interpreted” by the brain, the thinking behind this that the brain can be “trained” to ignore this tinnitus sound. This tinnitus treatment last between 1-2 years. The sound is generated via a hearing aid that you need to wear on a daily basis even while you are sleeping. In order for this to be effective, the level of the sound from the hearing aid needs to be adjusted so that it is just below the actual tinnitus noise.

4. Neuromonics is the latest “buzz” in tinnitus masking (even though the makers do not refer to their device as a “masking device”). The method used here is that relaxing music is integrated with neutral sound and the tinnitus sufferer wears a special high-quality headset. Like TRT above, counseling is required as part of the tinnitus treatment. Similar to TRT, the goal is to retrain the brain to “filter” out the tinnitus noise. Sound Masking Tinnitus

The length for this type of treatment is from 6 months to 1 year. Suffering from Tinnitus and Ringing in Ear? Get your life back forever by checking out Sound Masking Tinnitus now.

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