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Stress Management: Stress aggravates tinnitus, and stress management through relaxation techniques and therapeutic habits like physical activity, meditation, and socializing can lead to significant improvements. Smother Noise: You may find that using soothing music or a fan can smother the background noise that tinnitus creates, if they are in an otherwise tranquil environment. Earplugs: Loud and abrupt noises can worsen tinnitus, and loud enough noises can cause more damage to the ears and contribute to related auditory problems. Earwax Removal: Depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus, earwax removal can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus if earwax accumulation is disrupting normal hearing enough. Drugs: Drugs can reduce tinnitus symptoms, if not actually cure the condition, since it is not strictly chemical. Vitamins and Herbs: There is little evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements have any effect on tinnitus symptoms other than a placebo effect, and you should be wary of over-consuming certain minerals.
Blood Vessels and Circulation: Some tinnitus cases are related to cardiovascular or blood vessel problems, and treating those blood vessel problems would at least reduce the symptoms. Recreational Drugs: Other recreational drugs can have the same effect, especially tobacco products. Depression and Anxiety: Tinnitus remedies should be emotional as well as physical, because it will affect people on both levels.
Tinnitus remedies of all varieties can provide hope and comfort to sufferers trying to work around their tinnitus symptoms and carry on with their lives. I’ve set up this website to provide useful information and to help other tinnitus sufferers learn how to manage and live with this annoying condition. Top 3 Articles (voted by our visitors!)Tinnitus Remedies 2 CommentsTinnitus is the technical term for a persistent ringing in the ears. In this section we’ll cover white noise for tinnitus as well as touching very briefly on pink noise and brown noise.
White noise has the full scale of sound frequencies discernible by the human ear all blended together to make a continuous sound.  The sound could be likened to the static produced by a radio or TV when off station.
Sound therapy sometimes referred to as “white noise” has been successful in reducing the stress created by tinnitus.
If you decide to use white noise for tinnitus therapy it is recommended that you visit a qualified Audiologist, as the frequency of the masking sounds must be tailored to the individuals needs, usually at a slightly lower frequency than the tinnitus noise. Variable sound streaming to suit the user and offering in particular, sounds they can choose to offer the greatest comfort.
Remember that white noise in the treatment of tinnitus is not a cure, it will only help to mask the noise and possibly reduce stress levels in some patients.
Pink noise is also used as a “masker” utilizing a smaller sound range and sounds similar to the hum experienced around electricity transformers. Brown noise is again used as a masker operating at a lower frequency producing a continuous sound like the continuous roar of the ocean. All 3 noises can be and are used in the treatment of tinnitus, with white noise for tinnitus being the most common.
The autumn meeting of the Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group at The Lantern in Shrewsbury was well attended and lively, with people travelling from throughout the county and beyond. One lady said she would take her iPhone (other phones are available!), onto which she has downloaded the White Noise Pro app. I have noticed that there are a number of similar mobile apps designed to help people manage their tinnitus – I think maybe I will download one! The meeting continued with an informative presentation by Laura, Groups Project Manager at the BTA.
Both the Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group and its sister group, the Telford Tinnitus Support Group, are members of the BTA.
Lisa from the Shropshire Rural Community Council (RCC) also took part in the meeting, providing information about accessing courses in computer skills and about the RCC’s Wise and Well team. Lisa had the dubious (!) pleasure of drawing the winning raffle ticket – a lovely tin of biscuits. You may have spotted at the top of this post that the Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group now has its very own logo! The next full meeting of the Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group will be at The Lantern on Thursday 4 December, when it is hoped that various complementary therapists will make presentations – I had better get my skates on with the organisation! A number of group members are also keen to stay on at The Lantern after the December meeting for a festive lunch – the cost should be around ?7.50, excluding drinks. The Shropshire Tinnitus Support Group is facilitated by Signal and the Audiology department at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Kevin is an NHS trained, registered hearing aid audiologist who has held senior roles with leading manufacturers of digital hearing aids, hearing & balance testing systems and customised tinnitus treatment devices.
We provide a wide range of audiology services and offer extended hours appointments and home visits when appropriate.
Plymouth Hearing Centre is conveniently located centrally in Plymouth and provide a range of Hearing & Tinnitus Treatment services to the local community.
Tinnitus is a non-curable, invisible and debilitating hearing disorder that can take on many different forms – ringing, hissing, buzzing, and even the sound of crickets. Health care professionals who incline to offer patients an option or strategy to deal with tinnitus are confronted with the variability inherent to this disorder.5 The cause of tinnitus can vary, although people who experience tinnitus have usually first developed hearing loss due to ageing or from exposure to loud noise that caused peripheral auditory damage. A wealth of research has gone into understanding the mechanisms of tinnitus due to the increased concern in our ageing and noise exposed society through the support of organizations such as the Tinnitus Research Institute, the American Tinnitus Association and even the US Department of Defense. While there may be a wide range of causes, an important underlying factor for the development of tinnitus is brain plasticity.5,7 This property allows the brain to change and adapt, and it is essential to how we learn. Some tinnitus sufferers have experienced relief through hearing aids, but studies indicate that such benefits are limited to those with low-frequency tinnitus.8 For those with a tinnitus pitch above 5–6 kHz or those with a hissing or buzzing tinnitus, the benefits of hearing aids are more limited or even nonexistent. Sound therapies are one method that has previously been shown to reduce the severity of tinnitus. Due to the large variability in tinnitus, a one-size-fits-all approach (as offered by maskers) will have limited benefits. This tinnitus treatment we developed makes use of software that customizes a music-based therapy for each individual tinnitus sufferer.
As an initial test of our treatment, we first conducted a small pilot study to see if there were measurable benefits within 3 to 6 months of using this therapy. We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigating the effects of the customized music-based sound therapy for reducing tinnitus. Individuals were recruited from within and around Hamilton, Ontario via online announcements and audiology clinics. Once the music package (MP3 player preloaded with assigned music tracks and headphones) was ready, participants were briefed on safe listening levels, and were instructed to complete a weekly log book to record their listening duration and frequency. Participants were contacted to complete questionnaires (including THI) for the three-month assessment.
Demographic variables (age, sex, type of tinnitus) and baseline THI scores of placebo (n = 16) and treatment (n = 11) groups did not significantly differ from one another at the start of the study. Tinnitus affects every layer of society, and there has been increasing support for awareness. In Canada, the level of funding or engagement towards tackling the problem of tinnitus is comparably minimal. Evaluation of the Grant to Compensate Members of the RCMP for Injuries Received in the Performance of Their Duties. Shelly-Anne Li is the VP of clinical research and operations at Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments Inc.
The Canadian Academy of Audiology is dedicated to enhancing the role of audiologists as primary hearing health care providers through advocacy, education and research. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of tinnitus and the role that support groups can play.


Tinnitus is the term used for noises in the ear, commonly described as buzzing, hissing, whistling and humming.
There are a number of causes of tinnitus, one of which is exposure to loud noise over a period of time or as a result of a one off event such as an explosion. The team at Festival Law has acted for in excess of 7500 local people who have made work related noise induced deafness compensation claims. Peter Lodge, of Festival Law, has pursued at least 7,000 successful claims against one employer alone, a large car manufacturer based near Oxford, with damages well exceeding £10 million.
Independent audiologist, Charmain Leek, of Clear Hear, has practiced in both the NHS and private sector for over 26 years and supports clients throughout Gloucestershire and Worcestershire with both hearing difficulties and tinnitus. During Tinnitus Awareness Week Festival Law offered same day appointments for free legal advice on pursing claims for work related deafness and tinnitus.
Pictured left to right are Ann-Marie Whelan, Peter Lodge and Julia Briano, of Festival Law LLP.
It is usually a symptom of other problems, including damage to the ears or a cardiovascular disorder. Machines that simulate white noise, or produce white noise themselves, can work just as well depending on your preference. If you live in a noisy environment or regularly encounter too much noise you should invest in some earplugs or try to make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments. You should see a doctor about removing earwax rather than trying to do so on your own, which can worsen the problem if it is done incorrectly. Some medications can actually contribute to tinnitus symptoms, and you may need to talk to your doctor about altering your current drug regimens or finding substitutes with different side effects. Similarly, herbal remedies have not been shown to have any statistical effects on tinnitus symptoms, although they may have other health benefits. Smoking leads to constriction of the blood vessels and other circulation problems, so tinnitus sufferers in particular are advised to quit smoking or reduce their exposure to secondhand smoke.
People who have depression or anxiety as a result of tinnitus should certainly educate themselves as much as possible about their condition. White noise for tinnitus is not a cure but a method used to mask the sound, therefore reducing the perception of the background noise.
Furthermore there are additional advantages such as improved concentration, assisting with sleep apnea and relaxation.
This is the fourth time the group has come together and it was lovely to see people chatting and laughing with each other.
The app’s makers claim it features ambient sounds of the environment to help with relaxation and sleep. If you are not a smart phone user, then the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) sells some sound therapy products, and, when the Signal Hub opens in Shrewsbury, some products will be available to test or buy there.
Laura spoke about the BTA’s work and tinnitus in general and also described some of the research that is being carried out into the condition.
Individuals can also join the organisation, and it is worth noting that a discount on membership is available for people who are already members of the Shropshire and Telford support groups.
This uplifting logo has been designed by group member Caroline, who has kindly offered to adapt it for the Telford group too. The first such meet-up is planned at the National Trust Pavilion in Carding Mill Valley in Church Stretton at 11am on Wednesday 5 November. I am discussing how we might approach this with the Signal team, so watch this space for more information!
Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to join in – the more the merrier! You can also contact Signal by telephoning 01743 358 356 or sending an SMS to 07950 782 819.
We are an independently run family business with over 20 years’ experience serving clients with hearing aids and tinnitus treatment advice. Our range of audiology services include hearing testing, speech testing, digital hearing aids, tinnitus testing, tinnitus devices, tinnitus hearing aids, tinnitus retraining therapy, ear wax removal, hearing protection and swim plugs. As well as Plymouth, we also serve the following areas in Devon and Cornwall: Ashburton, Bere Alston, Buckfastleigh, Brixham, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Horrabridge, Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo, Paignton, Plympton, Plymstock, Kinsgbridge, Salcombe, Tavistock, Torquay, Totnes, Wembury, Yelverton, Bodmin, Callington, Carlyon Bay, Falmouth, Fowey, Launceston, Looe, Newquay, Penzance, Perranporth, St. Almost everyone has experienced brief periods of mild tinnitus, but for many, this sound can be permanent. In fact, the number of tinnitus sufferers that develop the constant ringing due to hearing loss may be even higher than thought, as some tinnitus sufferers only appear to have normal hearing when thresholds at frequencies below 8 kHz are measured. Unfortunately, in some cases, such as with hearing loss, the auditory part of the brain may be altered as brain plasticity tries to compensate for the abnormal auditory inputs. This makes sense from a neuroscience point of view, as the hearing aid will typically not be making up for hearing loss at frequencies above 6–8 kHz; this prevents any possible effects on tinnitus types that are caused by changes to higher frequency regions in the auditory system.
Some have heard of success stories involving the use of certain vitamins, minerals, herbal preparations, or even a change in diet, but often did not experience personal success in treating tinnitus using such options. While not all sound therapies have gone through rigorous clinical testing, they have far greater traction and adoption in the tinnitus community. While we did not inform participants of whether they would receive a treatment or unaltered music, every participant in fact received a treatment. Participants (N = 50) who suffered from tinnitus were randomly allocated (with 1:1 ratio) to the treatment and placebo groups with assessments at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months. Applicants were initially interviewed via telephone to screen for all inclusion and exclusion criteria for the study in order to determine whether they qualified for on-site screening. The algorithms which modified the music provided to participants are built into proprietary software that was developed internally by Sound Options Tinnitus Treatments Inc. A 30-minute individual phone interview with each participant was also conducted to explore their experiences with using the music package on a daily basis, and to further understand how the music package was affecting their tinnitus.
The graph illustrates the differences in mean THI scores at baseline and 3 months, comparing treatment and placebo groups using paired samples t-test. We are thrilled to observe the trends and the statistical findings that will unfold over the course of the study. Recently, musicians who are affected by tinnitus have come together to create awareness for the disorder.
But with recent headlines about the effects of tinnitus on those in police forces2 and frustration among veterans, this may change.
Data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Intracortical circuits amplify sound-evoked activity in primary auditory cortex following systemic injection of salicylate in the rat. Tinnitus Handicap Inventory for evaluating treatment effects: Which changes are clinically relevant?
His dedication to improving the lives of tinnitus sufferers drives his vision of providing effective, affordable and accessible treatments for the many tinnitus sufferers he has met throughout his research career.
As a research methodology consultant for various projects, she brings expertise in health research methods, as well as experience from conducting multi-site randomized controlled trials, mixed methods studies and qualitative research.
At present, tinnitus is treatable sometimes, but often you will have to learn to work around it. Alcohol increases blood circulation in the inner ear region, which can worsen tinnitus symptoms. There are also support groups specifically for tinnitus that have meetings in person and online.
The masking sound is usually delivered by such devices as MP 3 or CD players and from speakers in the bedroom under the pillow for assisting in sleep. Most of them were animate (is that against the rules of the BBC’s Desert Island Discs, I wonder?), namely, “my dog” or “a friend” (in no particular order!).


Investigating this app, I came across a review from one user who found the background “sound of a train clikity clack’ing over tracks” helpful. The group seemed particularly interested in research being conducted by neuroscientists, with an emphasis on how stress, anxiety and “emotional exhaustion” may impact upon individuals and lead to tinnitus. Members of the BTA benefit from receiving its quarterly magazine, Quiet, and from discounts in its shop and on its events.
Christine kindly volunteered to run the raffle at the next meeting, with Joyce volunteering to take on the refreshments! Less frequently, tinnitus may also occur after a head or neck injury, or due to the presence of an acoustic neuroma. While hearing aids are essential to improving the lives of the hearing impaired, they are not typically the best option for tinnitus; especially when used alone. Unfortunately, no studies to date have been able to associate such treatments to any real benefits.
There are two types of sound therapy approaches: (1) maskers that are intended to block out the tinnitus and have the patient learn to ignore their tinnitus, and (2) sound therapies that utilize the same brain plasticity that is thought to be causing the tinnitus for the purpose of reducing it. Given the evidence supporting this line of thinking and the limitations of existing tinnitus management options, we were driven to develop and rigorously test an enjoyable, personalized sound therapy that has potential to provide lasting relief to tinnitus sufferers. The software then uses the model to predict how each music track can be altered spectrally to reduce tinnitus for that specific tinnitus profile.
Participants reported a drop in scores on the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) within 3 months of using their personalized sound therapy for about 2 hours a day.
The primary outcome was the differences in mean scores of the THI compared at four time intervals. The on-site screening, and characterization of participants’ hearing thresholds and tinnitus profiles were conducted in a lab at McMaster University using a computer-based tinnitus assessment tool. Artists including Chris Martin of Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas have created a compilation album to help raise funds towards finding a cure for tinnitus.
Because of the progress made in tinnitus treatment and management research – including work done right here in Canada – the time is right to offer tinnitus sufferers effective options and the support they need.
The sound therapy is based on leading neuroscience and tinnitus research that has been built into our software to produce a treatment that can be conveniently delivered via any music playing device.
Acoustic stimulation treatments against tinnitus could be most effective when tinnitus pitch is within the stimulated frequency range.
With over 6 years of research in the field of tinnitus and collaborations with leaders in the field, Dr. If you drink alcohol and depending on the severity of your tinnitus, you should consider decreasing your alcohol consumption. Support from family and friends can help people cope with tinnitus and face life’s challenges in general. Some however have acute continuous noises, known as “phantom” sounds that lead to depression, insomnia and even suicide.
It is fantastic to see people being so enthusiastic about the group and participating in its smooth running.
What adds to the challenges faced by tinnitus sufferers is a lack of knowledge, support and options available to them.
Certain medications may also contribute to the development of tinnitus through effects on hair cells in the inner ear or via mechanisms that are not yet well understood.6 This variety in cause has been the first part of the challenge in developing a “cure” or effective treatment for tinnitus. As such, while tinnitus may begin a problem at the auditory periphery, it persists because of changes throughout the auditory system. While much of the existing research have been dedicated to helping us understand tinnitus and its etiological underpinnings, there are currently very few treatments that are clinically validated. Delivering the treatment using headphones that could produce high frequencies (above 10–12 kHz) was an integral part of treatment effectiveness. THI is a psychometrically robust and validated questionnaire that assesses the impact of tinnitus on daily living and the degree of distress suffered by the tinnitus patient.
Independent and paired samples t-tests were conducted to compare THI scores between and within groups, respectively.
In the United States, the Department of Defense has invested millions of dollars into investigations of tinnitus sound therapies. While many with tinnitus are not yet aware that there are ways to reduce or manage the constant ringing, hissing or buzzing in their ears, as more health care professionals make effective options available, word will spread. Chrostowski was able to make use of cutting-edge research to develop software that can customize an effective and personal treatment for tinnitus. It is important to know that these noises are real and not a figment of the sufferer’s imagination. Kevin is passionate about delivering expert level advice, hearing aids, tinnitus treatment and management and micro suction ear wax removal.
Unfortunately, there are currently too few health care professionals providing services to tinnitus sufferers who are seeking ways to manage their tinnitus. However, even for the largest group of tinnitus sufferers (those who may develop tinnitus due to hearing damage), effective treatments have been hard to come by. Of the few that conducted clinical studies to evaluate the effectiveness, most did not use rigorous clinical methods such as controlling for placebo effects or double-blinding to ensure the integrity of the data and to eliminate any sources of bias. With such headphones, the treatment could work by taking advantage of the same kind of brain plasticity that may contribute to the person's tinnitus in the first place without being limited by a lack of high-frequency sounds.8 By incorporating the latest tinnitus research into our software, we developed a treatment approach that provides greater promise in treating tinnitus than existing treatments with a one-size-fits-all approach.
The assignment of the treatment or placebo music package was completed by a distributor site independent of the research study site. Past studies have indicated that the minimum change in the THI score to be considered clinically significant is a drop of 6 to 7 points.9 As such, the results of our clinical study suggest that tinnitus and its related symptoms can produce a clinically significant reduction in tinnitus within the first 3 months using the personalized music-based therapy. In addition, the American Tinnitus Association makes efforts to lobby the US government to provide support for tinnitus sufferers. This includes educating and reaching out to seniors, veteran's groups, and police and firefighter associations, as these segments of our population are most affected by tinnitus.
Unfortunately, the phrase “learn to live with it” is still heard far too often by those that seek help for tinnitus. Tinnitus sufferers who access such treatments often do not experience relief from their tinnitus. This data suggested that our treatment may be engaging brain plasticity in a positive manner, thereby gradually reducing tinnitus over time. Participants and research personnel were blinded to which music package the participants received.
Sound Options is relentless about innovation and we are constantly seeking novel ways to help tinnitus sufferers. Chrostowski received a BASc in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto and a PhD in neuroscience at McMaster University. As a result, tinnitus sufferers often experience confusion, frustration, a loss of hope, and skepticism after having invested time and money on available treatment options. Unfortunately, due to their design, hearing aids are still limited to providing masking at frequencies below 8 kHz. Armed with this information, we designed a more rigorous trial that is very uncommon among research in tinnitus therapies. Our treatment has been designed with the tinnitus sufferer in mind: it is pleasantly effective, affordable, and individually customized.



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