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Thread: Tinnitus Masking features. Do they work for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglenday View Post
    How does tinnitus masking work?

    Since the "sound" is not coming in through the ears, and in my case considering that the"sound" changes from time to time, it seems very unlikely that an effective masking technology is possible..?
    The hearing aids play a low-level sound which covers up the tinnitus or provides a distraction so you're not as focused on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtd View Post
    Thanks for that info SignHere. I have high pitch tinnitus but am lucky enough to be able to ignore it, except in a quiet setting. I did purchase a set of Phonak Brios from Costco and am happy with them. I was torn between the Brios and the Bernafon Junas. I based my decision on the fact that the Brios had an "automatic setting" program where I would not have to adjust the program for a restaurant vs being outside etc. That being said, I really did like the sound quality of the Junas and wondered if there really would be a big difference.
    I look forward to hearing your experience with them.
    Yes, those were my two choices as well. I was ready to buy the Brios when I was steered towards the Junas by the tech after I mentioned that I considered myself an audiophile back in the days before my loss of hearing. My Costco is so busy that even though they've had my HA's for over a week, it will be until March 12th before I can get them fitted.

    Of course, that's the beauty of a 90 day risk free trial, is that I can try these for 90 days, if I want to go to the Brios then I can do so without any additional cost. If I don't like those I can always go back to the Junas. The flexibility really makes the decision to get HA's just for tinnitus very easy.
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    Hi jtd, I tried hearing aids for tinnitus and they did nothing for me. Have you read this? I'm trying it on recommendation from one of the lads at work who swears it worked for him. Who knows, but worth a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRobertson View Post
    Hi jtd, I tried hearing aids for tinnitus and they did nothing for me. Have you read this? I'm trying it on recommendation from one of the lads at work who swears it worked for him. Who knows, but worth a try
    Thanks, I will look into it. I agree with seb and edatlanta though. I have no masker in my hearrring aids but when I put them in my tinnitus goes away. It was a pleasant suprise because I have been "ringing" for 30 plus years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rasmus_braun View Post
    The hearing aids play a low-level sound which covers up the tinnitus or provides a distraction so you're not as focused on it.
    Ah, thanks. I thought they'd try an out of phase active noise cancelation technique, which is probably way too ambitious for today's technology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRobertson View Post
    Hi jtd, I tried hearing aids for tinnitus and they did nothing for me. Have you read this? I'm trying it on recommendation from one of the lads at work who swears it worked for him. Who knows, but worth a try
    Let me see...
    - Guy's first post
    - One of many similar "blog post" that link to the real site
    - It is one of many glowling and similar sites with the same link
    - The long, advertisement really tells you absolutely nothing

    We have here a bunch of dedicated folks -- sufferers and professional. You'd think this miracle wouldn't be hidden away on a website that's going to give the world $375 worth of information (yeah) for just $37. "But wait, there's more!"

    My only wonder is if it has anything to do with Ginsu knives or an endorsement by Ron Popeil.

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    The last time I tried a Tinnitus "Miracle Cure" I found myself a couple of hundred bucks lighter, with nothing to show for it except some empty 'supplement' and "amazing" ear drop bottles...and the same tinnitus I had when I started.

    Oh, and the worst part is that the day I gave them my money, I'm pretty sure they sold my email address to every list purveyor out there, because I started getting about 500% more spam than I ever had before.

    Come on March 12th...you're my last hope.
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    My first visit to the VA audiologist, I was signed up for a class on how to cope with my ringing in my ears, what I learned from the class was what I had already been doing but it was great to have so many in that classroom to back my up on what was working for me.
    So you ask what works for me. Never be in a quiet room where there is no sounds, and if that happens have something with you to mask the ringing in your ears, be it a Walkman with music playing or a sound machine in your bedroom, or a TV or radio station in the background. I worked in a phone support center and there was always people talking on the phones. I love to read and I read a lot, but when I read I have to have music or some kind of noise in the background, again just to mask the ringing in my ears. My ringing is so bad that my aids to not remove it, and I do not have aids that have anything in them to do so. I have always figured that if the aids was generating noise it would also be preventing me from hearing others talking to me. Also while I do not know it for a fact it just believe that the sound generation would kill the hearing aid batteries much faster.

    I just wanted to add that I know there are some that cannot stand the ringing in their ears and that it drives them nuts. I guess I am lucky in the fact that I have learned to except it and to live with it. We all need to do what it takes for us to survive with the ringing in our ears.
    I wish everyone the best of luck.
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    Thanks for the feedback cvkemp. I'm sorry to hear that your HA's don't help with your tinnitus. I hope that I'm one of the lucky ones it does (only 7 more days!) But I like how you've managed to live with it. I too use distraction methods such as a relatively loud HEPA air filter in my office at work (because I can't run music all of the time) and a sound machine program called White Noise that has dozens of choices on my iPad at home. I like to read as well and can't tolerate music playing during reading, but this app alone makes it possible.

    I also agree with you that a masking feature probably takes its toll on the batteries. But I really don't know since my wife has never had any such features on her HAs. Anyone out there with this feature have any comments on how their usage effects battery life?
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    With tinnitus you hear the sound, but if you put a microphone in your ear, there is no sound. Because there isn't any sound, it is impossible to determine the phase of the tinnitus and then cancel it out. Everyone tells me the sounds that I hear are in my head and they are correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by dglenday View Post
    Ah, thanks. I thought they'd try an out of phase active noise cancelation technique, which is probably way too ambitious for today's technology.
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