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Everything you need
to know - Part 1

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus isn’t a disease - it’s more a typically preventable condition of the auditory system where the sufferer experiences the sensation and symptoms of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, rushing or other sounds in one or both ears.

This noise can be continuous or intermittent and varies in loudness (and exasperation) depending on the patient.

What are the effects of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is often caused by damage to the inner ear and/or to the part of the brain where sound is processed. This damage can trigger spurious neuronal activity which manifests itself as ‘white noise’ and ‘phantom sounds’.

“Subjective Tinnitus” (head or ear noises which are only perceivable to the patient) is the most common type of Tinnitus and accounts for over 99% of reported cases. This type of Tinnitus appears and disappears suddenly and can last between 3 and 12 months each time (although for many it never stops).

Around 90%

of Tinnitus sufferers also have some degree of hearing loss and the effects can be debilitating and often include:

  • Long-term disruption of sleep
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty with employment and other simple life tasks
  • Difficulty in concentrating and other changes to cognitive abilities

How is it caused?

The most common causes of Tinnitus include:

Exposure to loud sounds
Earwax build-up and infections
Emotional stress
Meniere's Disease
Side effects to drugs

Who suffers from Tinnitus?

Men are more likely to suffer from Tinnitus than women as are adults over the age of 55

Approximately 10% of the UK and 20% of the US has some level of Tinnitus

1 in 200 sufferers are severely affected by it


If you suffer from Tinnitus then you are part of an exclusive club who’s VIP members include:

Chris Martin - Debbie Harry - Steve Martin - Pete Townsend
Ludwig van Beethoven - Jeff Beck - Gerard Butler
Neil Young - Ozzy Osbourne - Eric Clapton - Phil Collins
William Shatner - Noel Gallagher - Anthony Kiedis
Will.I.Am - Whoopi Goldberg - Trent Raznor - Bob Dylan
Sylvester Stallone - Oscar Wilde - Barbara Streisand


Everything you need
to know - Part 2

What can relieve Tinnitus?

Despite the many snake-oil salesmen who falsely claim otherwise; there is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of Tinnitus.

There are however many treatment options, tools and methods which can dramatically relieve Tinnitus symptoms and enable sufferers to mitigate their condition and these include:

  • Counselling, support groups and therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
  • Maskers like Soundscape by Aurio which can often counterbalance Tinnitus significantly
  • Sound therapy and enrichment such as specially-designed sound generators which create neutral sounds and natural noises
  • Hearing aids which can amplify ambient sounds so as to drown out Tinnitus
  • Alternative therapies/approaches including diet, exercise and meditation
  • Self-awareness and self-help techniques to avoid negative cycles and the more psychosomatic causes of Tinnitus – these would include avoiding silence, listening to music, staying calm and positive, keeping busy, ensuring you find time to rest and relax, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, sticking to patterns etc.
  • Ear irrigation by a medical professions and medication like eardrops


Have you ever stood just three foot away from a friend and not been able to hear what they were saying? If so then that noise level would have been damaging your ears! Spending just 30 minutes in a bar, club or concert that is loud enough for you to need to shout just to maintain a conversation has more than enough decibels to cause you acoustic trauma like Tinnitus!

Anything over 80 decibels (dB) is getting dangerous, but just how loud is that?

Noise Source



Breathing, pin dropping


Barely audible

Laying in bed


Very quiet



Eighth as loud as 70dB

Talking at home


Quarter as loud as 70dB

Conversation at a restaurant


Half as loud as 70dB - fairly quiet

Vacuuming or taking a shower


The arbitrary base of comparison

Television, toilet flush


Mid 70 dB’s - starting to get loud

Passenger in a modern car


Upper 70 dB’s - becoming annoyingly loud

Food blender or garbage disposal


Twice as loud as 70dB

The average factory


Possible damage during sustained exposure

Lawnmower, motorbike at 25ft


4x louder than 70dB & likely damage possible

Jet flyover at 1,000 feet, sporting event


8x louder than 70dB & serious damage possible

Steel mill, nightclub


You’re at the average human pain threshold

Live rock music, Formula 1 race


16x louder than 70dB

Thunderclap, chainsaw, police siren


Painful - 32x as loud as 70dB

Peak stadium crowd noise


Intolerably loud

Gun firing


Dangerous noise levels without protection

Jet take-off at 5 metres


Eardrum rupture

Rocket launch


Possible brain damage or death

Prevention is always better than cure,
so be sure to:

  • Avoid all sounds over 80 decibels and steer well clear of sustained exposure to all types of loud noise
  • Take regular time-outs when at any noisy environment, like a club or concert
  • Don’t stand by speakers and wear hearing protection like earplugs
  • Turn down the volume on your TV and on your stereo
  • Stay well rested and well hydrated
  • Exercise, eat healthy, increase your daily intake of vitamins and avoid alcohol, caffeine, salt and food additives such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate
  • Make yourself aware of Tinnitus causing side-effects from any medications you are taking

Soundscape by Aurio

Soundscape by Aurio is designed for conditions such as Tinnitus and provides a peaceful spectrum of sound to an otherwise chaotic world. It provides a toolbox to help you enjoy your existing music, create calming environments and enhance your daily routines all by using your devices inbuilt audio capabilities, including AirPlay and iTunes.

Aurio's free to download Soundscape app is your music but better with carefully balanced and soothing sounds that take your existing portable music library with you to listen on any device. The output is re-balanced to give you a more pleasant experience - not just on headphones but through your speakers too.

Get it now for iOS on iPhone and iPad via the App Store (coming soon for Android):

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