If you’ve been diagnosed with tinnitus you might have heard the term masking sounds mentioned quite a bit.
So, what actually are masking sounds?
Masking sounds add an unobtrusive low-level background sound to your environment. In doing so, they’re able to ‘mask’ your tinnitus and give you a sense of quiet.
Sounds pretty good, right? So, how do you go about using them?
1. White, brown, pink and purple noise
Masking sounds are made up of white, brown, pink and purple noise. These sounds are steady, humming textures that are almost unnoticeable when you’re used to listening to them. Although as a group the noises are pretty similar, the tones and timbres of the different colours vary.
2. Everyone is different
Depending on what kind of tinnitus you have, different colour noises will work better for you than it will for others. So take the time to discover which type of masking sounds gives you the relief you’re after.
3. Combination is the way to go
It’s worth trying to listen to a combination of the masking sounds at the same time. This could be one or two sounds and at varying levels of volume.
You might find this works better for you than listening to one type of sound on its own. Have a play around with different mixes until you find what works best for you.
4. Remember to use just enough volume
You don’t want to play your masking sounds so loud that you can’t hear your tinnitus anymore. Instead, set the volume just below that level so your brain can realise that your tinnitus is just another noise and so start to block it out.
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