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chrisd285

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About two weeks ago I was (I believe) in a stage-4 H condition, and had been for about a month. I am now nearly totally recovered. It may be temporary, but there's some hope that it isn't, and that others might find relief as well as I have.

While pondering the purchase of the pink noise CD (through this website), I began to listen to PN found on the web, unsure that it was a good idea - but I wanted to do something for myself besides avoiding the world. Maybe 4 or 5 hrs/day, including  pink "Tin Roof Rain" that I found very soothing. I protected my ears against loud noise I couldn't avoid w. over-ear, NC head phones (sometimes active NC but mostly not). When the PN CD came, I put it on my phone, and listened to it 6-8 hrs/day. Ditched the NC headphones, went w. earbuds that let a lot of other noise in. No loud music. Also continued to meditate twice daily.

After a week the symptoms began to fade. I've had no significant flareup for days - left w. slightly louder tinnitus maybe, but almost no super-sensitivity. I don't know how to account for this except for the flood of PN and perhaps the meditation. Perhaps the H. will return - I'm not sure where it came from in the first place - but I'm functioning relatively normally while being more careful. Went out to a pretty noisy restaurant last night, with an earplug in the offended ear. I can't say it was terrifically successful, but no harm done.

I feel like I've dodged a very big bullet. I'm recommending Pink Noise and meditation  until there's a reason not to.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

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Naomi

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Hi there

I just want to say thanks for taking the time to share that valuable experience and info.

I've been trying to find 'softer' speakers to listen to pink noise, as I find many phone and new speakers a bit harsh (compared to some I have no older hi fi systems etc). It has been challenging to find some so resulted in putting the pink noise on the long finger. I've been thinking this week that it could be a mistake not to prioritise it and your post has confirmed that in a way.
It's a great help to hear of what has helped others so thanks again for taking the time, and I'm delighted for you that you've turned a corner. Best wishes
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Hello,

That is wonderful!

I recommend continuing pink noise therapy and other sound therapy for an extended time.

Setbacks can happen (I should now) so continue to avoid very loud noises for the time being.

I am very happy it is working!!!

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chrisd285

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So interesting. Two months ago, I fell in a steep descent from ordinary tinnitus to cat 4 H.  - No idea about the cause. Perhaps fairly loud earbud music and language lessons. After a terrifying month I began to soak my ears in p. noise, first from internet then the H Network cd. Hours and hours/day, often under my pillow too. After two weeks of this I began to recover. Now, two months from onset, I am nearly totally recovered. Being very careful with noise exposure - but here's the thing: I've been taking 100mg amitriptyline for a sleep disorder for more than thirty years - but have never heard of an association with tinnitus. If there's evidence that there is one (and I cannot use my own experience), it's not impossible that I brought the tinnitus on long ago in the course of sleep disorder treatment. I've lived w. the tinnitus for so long that I've kind of thought that I've had it forever. But now I'm not sure. In any case, however, I cannot relate the amit. to H., since I've taken it before, during and after my brush w. H.

I feel so, so lucky. I urge sufferers to try p.n. It may have helped - and maybe a lot.
Chris

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While pondering the purchase of the pink noise CD (through this website), I began to listen to PN found on the web, unsure that it was a good idea - but I wanted to do something for myself besides avoiding the world. Maybe 4 or 5 hrs/day, including  pink "Tin Roof Rain" that I found very soothing.


Is this the pink Tin Roof Rain you are talking about? https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/tinRoofRainNoiseGenerator.php

I've just given it a try and it is very soothing indeed.

Have you noticed any of your pink noise sources working better than another? and how would you compare the tin roof rain with pink noise? 

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chrisd285

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Yes, that is the pink noise I continue to listen to. I found the pn a good fit with the Tin Roof rain for somewhat subjective reasons - it sounds exactly like what I've listened to in houses, garages and barns for much of my life. I have always found it incredibly soothing. Also, it gives the noise a texture - more interesting and subtly unpredictable. I am now in the habit of putting it on when I read at night.

Unfortunately I couldn't get it loaded onto my phone (the N Network cd did download properly) -  but the computer source works very well. I hope you have luck with it.

I also recommend meditation, twice a day if possible, for twenty minutes if you can do it -- outdoors if possible. I have a park bench to myself (small town Hawaii) and I was able to focus on, accept and enjoy the mild sounds of birds, distant dogs, the wind, people's footsteps, my breath - life - and I'm certain this helped too. Silence is not the answer.

Let me know how you do.

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