Tinnitus Sound Therapy – What is it and Will it Work For You?
One of the most common conditions of the ear that exists is tinnitus, perhaps better known as a constant ringing or buzzing sound in the ear. The sound usually appears to come from close to or inside the head and nobody but the sufferer can hear it. Sometimes the symptoms can vary from this general description but this is the general characteristic symptom in most cases.
Tinnitus is commonly referred to as a disease but it is much more complex than that. In fact, the word “tinnitus” really just describes the symptom of the real underlying condition and medical science is still yet to fully understand what is going on inside us to produce this, at a neurobiological level.
Sound therapy is one potential way of curing tinnitus and there are generally two versions of it.
Digital Hearing Aid
One is via a digital hearing aid. These will raise the sound of the outside world relative to the “inside world”, that where your tinnitus appears to be originating from. The net result is that you suffer less aggravation. There is also some theory about the muscles of your inner ear “learning” to acclimatise to the new environment but I’m yet to be convinced of this.
White Noise Generator
The second uses something commonly known as a “white noise generator”. This is combined with behavioural therapy and the idea is that you can train your mind to ignore this very low volume sound. If you can ignore such a sound then being able to ignore your tinnitus becomes very easy also.
The type and length of therapy will vary from one person to the next and depends largely on how bad your tinnitus currently is, on a scale of 1 to 10. Some people may need a few weeks and others may need several months. If you want to take up sound therapy then the best thing to do is to contact your doctor because sound therapy is a recognised medical treatment.
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