One recognised way to reduce the prominence of tinnitus is to introduce another noise that is more pleasing or acceptable to listen to. The presence of other sounds can help divert attention from the tinnitus, enabling you to get on with your planned activities. At night time, pleasing sounds are especially helpful in allowing you to get a good night’s sleep, and can form part of wider relaxation therapy. This may form part of a professionally delivered programme of therapy. Sounds chosen for this purpose are often frequently used in relaxation therapy since they have a naturally calming effect. The sound of waves breaking on the seashore, a running stream, or other sounds from nature are good examples of what might be helpful to you. Many people are particularly affected by their tinnitus when they are trying to sleep, so a tinnitus relaxer that can be positioned on a bedside table could be the answer.
Most of these ‘stand alone’ products have a timer function as well as choice of sounds – and the more sophisticated models enable you to customise the sound to your own needs. Prices range from about £15 to £80, depending on range of functions, range of sound options, and quality of sound. The sound is produced from a loudspeaker in the unit itself, or can be heard through headphones plugged into the unit.
An alternative to a tinnitus relaxer could be to choose from the growing range of CDs of relaxing sounds now available. If you have a suitable CD or MP3 player, this can be an inexpensive option – and you can easily try something different if you tire of one set of sounds. Also, you might find that familiar music that helps set an appropriate mood is effective – especially if you need tinnitus relief during the daytime.