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White Noise and Tinnitus: How You Can Get to Sleep


Some background noises, like ocean soundscapes, can help tinnitus sufferers get a good night of sleep.

If you’re suffering from tinnitus, you know all too well how difficult it can be to get to sleep at night. The usually-quiet hum can get maddeningly loud until you find yourself unable to pay attention to anything else. Maybe you initially noticed it when you left a rock concert. Your ears were ringing loudly, but after a good night of sleep, they’re fine. Repeated exposure, however, will lead to a condition called tinnitus, which is chronic ringing in the ears. If you can’t sleep because of tinnitus, you may want to try using white noise to soothe you while trying to get your rest.

So What’s White Noise?

White noise is the sound made when many frequencies are played simultaneously. It’s not really harmonic in any way, just kind of a droning sound. Certain kinds of white noise can actually be soothing though. Something like a wave crashing or a fan blowing can actually help you get to rest.

Combatting Tinnitus

No one likes that ringing-in-the-ears sensation. You should start to protect your ears as soon as you realize you have any ringing whatsoever, but there’s no way to cure tinnitus. Instead, it’s all about finding ways to cope. White noise is a great distraction from tinnitus. Typically, the ringing sound is only prevalent if you’re in an otherwise silent space.

What Kinds of White Noises?

Pure white noise is kind of annoying. It’s that fuzzy, obnoxious sound produced by televisions or radios when tuned to an unused frequency. Other relaxing noises might be raindrops falling, or the sounds of an airplane cabin, or even whale noises. Try out whatever sounds might help you the most. Just make sure your tinnitus isn’t keeping you from getting much-needed sleep!

Bay Area Audiology can help your hearing recover!

If you are concerned about hearing loss or seeking hearing evaluations, tinnitus evaluations, or hearing aid assistance, our doctors are ready to help. We are passionate about helping all of our patients improve their quality of life through better hearing. We also believe that patient education is critical, so you won’t be lead through endless sales pitches at our office. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you hear even better, contact us at (410) 838-4327 or online. For more hearing tips and articles, follow Bay Area Audiology on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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