Tinnitus is an abnormal noise that only you can hear. It is a common condition and most people experience it at some point, usually after going to a particularly loud concert. As many as 1 in 10 people have persistent tinnitus that is mild and easy to tolerate or ignore, however 1% of those affected experience it as a constant, loud, intrusive noise that make it difficult to concentrate, sleep or adapt to.
Tinnitus Simulator Apps
The sounds someone with tinnitus hears vary not just from person to person, but also day to day. Stress, anxiety and tiredness tend to worsen the experience and sounds often become louder and higher pitched. It may be difficult to explain the effect tinnitus has on your health and well-being as it is hard to explain what the sound is like and how intrusive it is. There are many tinnitus simulator Apps on both the Android Play Store and Apple’s App Store that lets you recreate the sound that you hear so that you can play it others.
A long standing primary treatment strategy for tinnitus is to mask the noise and add audible sounds that might distract from the tinnitus noise. It is not recommended to create noise that is distracting, like leaving a television on, particularly as concentrating is difficult already. The key is to create a pleasant, consistent background noise.
In the past, specialist sound and noise generators had to be purchased, but now there are hundreds if not thousand of mobile apps that will generate various sounds, including white noise, that could provide relief.
Don’t try just one. Different sounds helps for different tinnitus noises. White noise might work brilliantly when you are hearing a buzzing noise, but when that changes to ringing, it might have no effect. A sound that might work well for a friend may not work for you at all. Go through both noise and sound generators as well as music playlists and audio book recordings and try to match a specific type of tinnitus with sounds that are effective.
Hyperacusis, an over-sensitivity to environmental sounds, often go hand in hand with tinnitus and normal every day sounds may sound very loud and intolerable. This can lead to avoidance of sound, which in turn worsens tinnitus. It is vital to fill the environment with sounds that is pleasant to you and easy to tolerate. If artificial sound is a problem, try opening a window to let natural noise in, buy an in-door water feature or set of chimes that you like.
If you experience tinnitus, it is important to seek medical attention as some causes of tinnitus can be identified and treated, such as tinnitus as a side-effect of medication. If you have any hearing loss, a hearing aid might help with tinnitus as it will allow you to hear sounds that you wouldn’t be able to hear without it and this in turn can reduce the discomfort of tinnitus. There are also specialist tinnitus clinics across the UK that can offer advice, support and help you to adapt to the sensation so that it becomes less bothersome.
Tinnitus can be debilitating. It can cause depression, anxiety and insomnia, all of which tend to worsen the initial symptoms. There is no cure for idiopathic tinnitus, but most people who learn how to adapt their lives to make the sounds less obtrusive and disturbing, live well despite its impact.