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...a high-pitched squeal is making me nuts. I am considering a white noise hearing aid just to tone it down. It's bad enough that my ears crackle when the noise level is too high....
gillianmcg gillianmcg 56-60, F 4 Responses Sep 2, 2010

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I have been searching the internet for solutions or at least some help with my tinnitus as I wasn't prepared to shell out a couple thousand for a hearing aid that I couldn't tell whether it would help at all. Every doctor I've been to tells me they can't help me but are always willing to sell me a hearing aid. Well, I tried the white noise and that didn't seem to help at all. I could never find the right frequency that might help mask the constant high pitched buzz in my right ear. Then I stumbled across a nature sounds generator and discovered listening to birds and various other sounds magically helped me ignore the tinnitus. I went out and bought a relatively cheap mp3 pla<x>yer and loaded up with early morning birds, nighttime forest chirping, ocean waves splashing against the beach, seagulls, etc. It doesn't do anything for the tinnitus but it does give me relief from the hissing that often distracts my thinking.<br />
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Now if I could only find a way to hear the TV at home when people are talking, or keep up with the conversation at a meeting at work or out to dinner with friends...

My audiologist has found I have lost 40% of the hearing in both ears, and thinks proper hearing aids would diminish the tinnitus somewhat. He said that the white noise type would make it even harder to hear than it is now.<br />
Unfortunately, my insurance won't cover them until after the first of the year, so I still have to wait :P<br />
I am also now on high blood pressure meds and have noticed that the volume of the tinnitus changes with my stress levels...

Of course the noise is all in his head, but it's as real as sound get as far as he's concerned.<br />
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And yes, the in-ear white noise generators / maskers usually work for 4/5 of the people.

it's all in your head. You're focusing on it too much and that's why it seems to be getting louder. Just think about other things.