Advice on how to deal with Tinnitus?

Not for myself thankfully but by dad suffers badly from it, he has tried all sorts of remedies with little effect.

I was wondering does anyone in here have any advice on what helped them or someone they know?


The only thing I can offer is when he goes to bed, have a loud fan in the room; it drowns out the ringing. has a feature that you can subscribe to wherein you select various “atmosphere” sounds to superimpose over soothing music to cancel out the tinnitus. They call it “TRT” or Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

I have it, and having a secondary minor sound source as mentioned above does help.

There is no cure, but white noise helps.

Try to forget about it. I haven’t thought about my tinnitus for months until I saw this thread.

I started having tinnitus at the age of 24 after experiencing a loud fire alarm. During the first two weeks I tried to do everything possible to get rid of it. Nothing worked. After two weeks of exhaustion, I just gave up and said, “Fuck it, I’ll just live with it.”

Now I focus on the rest of my life and I just stop noticing it.

A coworker of mine has regular acupuncture for it and also takes Gravol. I’ve never asked what the Gravol does; perhaps she also has nausea and dizziness from inner ear disturbance. Although I do know a number of people who take Gravol to assist them with sleeping through the night.

My coworker claims she has had some success with the acupuncture. I’ll ask more questions and let you know if I learn anything helpful.

Whatever you do, don’t blame it on a conspiracy to torment you. I know someone who did that and it worked about as well as you’d expect.

If he has a smartphone, there are white-noise apps that he can run at night or during quiet times.

Has he seen a doctor to determine if his tinnitus is a symptom of some other condition? I used to have bad tinnitus. But when I began taking medication to treat my high blood pressure, the tinnitus disappeared.

Thanks for the answers everyone, unfortunately he’s tried all the ‘white noise’ and similar methods to drown out the noise when he’s sleeping and they only provide temporary relief at best.

Yeah, he’s tried pretty much everything unfortunately, which is why I wondered if perhaps someone here was aware of something not widely known that worked for them. But he is receiving treatment for high blood pressure at the moment so I’ll mention that to him, thanks.

Thanks Heckity.

I have it. Bad. It’s at the point that it is so loud it has made me hard of hearing. I will be seeing an ENT (again) soon. I wish there was something that could be done. I mean, with all the different procedures we can perform, this would seem like a simple fix.

white noise/nature sounds can be annoying to some which adds to the annoyance of tinnitus. drives you nuts and keeps you from sleeping.

try a clock radio, using sleep mode, at a low enough volume to give perceptible sound. tune to something that isn’t stimulating, like soft music or talk.

this also can help people who stay wound up with a monkey mind.

I also have severe tinnitus, and I sought help at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. What I learned there was that most tinnitus is permanent and incurable. The other thing I was told is, it doesn’t originate in your ears, it is produced in the auditory cortex of the brain, which is why there is no simple procedure to correct it.

people can develop tinnitus from loud noise exposure damaging the ear.

About 2 and a half years ago, I was in school for audio engineering and began experiencing something called hyperacusis, which is extreme sensitivity to everyday sounds. Along with this came its more common cousin, tinnitus.

I did extensive research on the subject, and discovered that the best way to deal with either ailment is to listen to low-level pink noise, all day, every day. It’s called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) or pink noise therapy.

I listened to pink noise on my apple earbuds for a good 15 months or so. Literally as much as possible I listened to it. The best method, although expensive, is to have your ears fitted for small wireless noise transmitters that basically allow you to be mobile while you wear them during the day.

If your father is really serious about treating the condition, then TRT is the way to go. Take it from me. I went through a 2-year depression, never leaving my bedroom, pissed as hell that God was taking away the one thing I had always loved (music). Eventually, my tolerance improved and I realized the pink noise was holding me back from going back into the world. Today I work with music on a daily basis and have returned to about 85% of where I was before this all happened. Considering where I was, it is almost unbelievable. It can be improved, but it takes supreme dedication. All the other short cuts are fantasy.

String Bean - Did you suffer from hearing loss from tinnitus? Did the pink noise help that?

I can deal with the ringing, and can mostly ignore it. It’s the hearing loss because the ringing literally blocks out some frequencies that really sucks.

The Department of Defense has been devoting a lot of resources to studying tinnitus, since it has been a common problem among servicepeople exposed to explosives.

My coworker finally returned after an extended vacation. According to her experience, acupuncture has had some limited positive impact on her tinnitus. The pitch has lowered since she began treatment and while it isn’t as loud as before treatment, it is still most definitely there. Those two differences have brought her some relief. She doesn’t know whether the change will be permanent or if she’ll have to continue treatment to maintain this marginal relief.

I have tinnitus - which manifests as a continuous high-pitched tone in one ear - and I’ve had to learn to live with it.