I recently wrote an article on Ear Problems & Fibromyalgia with sufferers clearly suffering from Tinnitus so this week’s awareness of the condition may help someone struggling with Tinnitus.
Sadly, they know that a negative start to your tinnitus journey can have a serious impact on how you manage your tinnitus and your mental health. From being told to just learn to live with it by a medical professional to reading incorrect and potentially harmful information online.
They know that this is not the case for everyone, but they want to make sure that it is not the case for anyone.
Tinnitus is the term for the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound. Symptoms of tinnitus are you may hear different types of sound, for example, ringing, whooshing or humming or buzzing in the ear. These can be continuous or they can come and go. The tinnitus might seem like it’s in one ear or both, in the middle of the head or even be difficult to pinpoint. Some people may think the noise is coming from outside and hunt for it until they discover it’s actually inside them!
Occasionally people have tinnitus that has a musical quality and can seem like a familiar tune or song. This generally occurs in older people who have a hearing loss and a strong musical interest. This type of tinnitus is known as musical tinnitus or musical hallucination.
Some people with tinnitus may find they have greater difficulty getting off to sleep. It may be that the shift from a relatively noisy daytime environment to the quietness of the bedroom makes the tinnitus noises more noticeable.
Many people with tinnitus do in fact sleep well and see sleep as a refreshing escape from tinnitus. Those who sleep well do not seem to have different tinnitus from those who have trouble sleeping. But those who sleep badly worry more at night than people with tinnitus who do sleep well. The beliefs and worries that you have about the quantity of sleep, or about the effects of not sleeping, or about tinnitus generally, have more of an impact on sleep problems than the sound of tinnitus.
Some people find having some low level sound can help mask tinnitus. This is often referred to as sound therapy.
You can find out more information on what to do at night if you have tinnitus, including a list of dos and don’ts at bedtime, on Tinnitus UK’s tinnitus and sleep disturbance page.
One company out to help people with sleep and ear problems is AcousticSheep LLC designs and manufactures SleepPhones® and RunPhones® who brand headphones, which are soft comfortable headphones in a patented headband design, with an emphasis on using environmentally-friendly materials and manufacturing processes. They strive to use local resources, stay technologically-savvy, and be socially responsible as they create a world of happy, healthy people. SleepPhones are the world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping.
The luxuriously soft headband contains thin removable speakers to play any type of music, audiobooks, meditation, white noise, or talk radio. Regular headphones and ear buds are simply not comfortable to wear all night long. SleepPhones® are fully padded with nothing sticking into the ears and are comfortable even for side sleepers. Lightweight, washable, hypoallergenic, and RoHS/CE compliant with the highest standards for electronics and batteries, SleepPhones® come with a 1 year limited warranty and satisfaction guarantee.
They are great as a music therapy to help you sleep where you could listen to meditation, hypnosis, or bedtime stories like audiobooks. Or, block snoring by listening to ocean waves, white noise, or a stream to help block out the snoring.