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Lazyboy63

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Hi I have just been issued with a puretone open white noise in ear generator from my UK ENT dept - please see model link below
http://www.puretoneretail.net/22ma.html

22MA+
i was not given a great amount of info on fitting, so a couple of questions for people here:

Most on this forum seem to be pro pink noise - will white noise still work as well as pink noise for treating hyperacusis?

i was told to keep it in for 6 - 8 hours per day, start at low volume and gradually increase the volume of the white noise level over the weeks ahead. Does this make sense to other hyperacusis folks on here?

Many thanks
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tfw7

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I have a white noise in ear generator from NHS (but not that model).
The hearing therapist tried it out with a few different noises - white, pink, brown etc and we eventually settled on one called "speech blocker". I think it is more similar to brown than white/pink. It is programmed specifically to that, I can't change that setting.
I was told the same as you - ideally 6 h per day, and then increase volume gradually. Wear it in periods that would otherwise be quiet.
I've had mine for about 10 months now, and usually average about 8-9h per day.
I was given some info leaflets like these ones: 
https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/how-we-help/information-and-resources/publications/hearing-health/hyperacusis/
https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/hyperacusis which has a section on generator use.



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Lazyboy63

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Hi thanks for the reply, could you try the link you posted again please? its not opening and i would be keen to see.

Sounds like you may have got a generator with a few more sound options that mine - im finding my white noise only tone a bit harsh.
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Rob

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Lazyboy63, 

White noise will work a little better than pink noise as part of a strategy to treat hyperacusis, provided the patient can tolerate the broadband white noise presentation.  Since the white noise generator you are using sounds a little harsh to you, your options are to lower the volume to see if It is less harsh-sounding and more tolerable; ask your provider if the high-end frequencies of the device can be adjusted downward; or use another provider’s device. 

Rob         

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Lazyboy63

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Hi Thanks a lot Rob thats reassuring to know, ill try your suggestions.

Do you or any others on here know how in ear noise generators are meant to help the ear cope with everyday sound better while wearing them? 

Thanks
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tfw7

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Sorry about link - have now gone back and edited it and included a 2nd one.

This website has a lot of options on "noise" - down the RHS are some white/pink/brown/speech option
https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
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florian_89

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Originally Posted by Lazyboy63
Hi Thanks a lot Rob thats reassuring to know, ill try your suggestions.

Do you or any others on here know how in ear noise generators are meant to help the ear cope with everyday sound better while wearing them? 

Thanks


Hi Lazyboy, 

the white noise is masking surrounding sound.

The drawback of this device is, it will not protect you from noise exposure.

So loud noise, especially fast rising in amplitude, like dishes, metal, dog barks will still be very much troublesome and painful.

I was wearing white noise generators almost a year, till I decided I cant go to work anymore because my office is to noisy.

I  started to use earplugs, also not a good idea in the long run.

I did a combination of both, for noisy situations. 

It is easy to disassemble it.

https://www.chat-hyperacusis.net/post/a-tool-combination-to-survive-the-noisy-world-10103847?pid=1308317918

It helps me to survive my noisy office, but the white noise will turn into a brown noise.

Brown noise  = broad band noise with  mid and high frequency cut.

Greets Florian 

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cozo

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Hi Ive got the same as in the photo with white noise. I listen on loud now even fall asleep with them still on when I wake up . They definitely help
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Lazyboy63

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Thanks for the replies folks all really helpful and reassuring. i find that wearing the noise generator seems to increase the level of my tinnitus after a having it on for several hours. In fairness any constant everyday noise ( street noise, music, washing machine etc ) seems to have that effect if i'm exposed to it for any reasonable length of time.

Its new to me and i'm possibly using the generator for too long at the moment (6 hours a day) - must admit i gave it a break yesterday and today. i know i have to stick with it, perhaps i should build up generator duration slowly?
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tfw7

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yeah I would recommend building up gradually if you think it is making things worse. My therapist and the advice booklets I had said I could build up if needed. Maybe try a couple of half hour bursts tomo, then 2x1hour the next day, etc
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Aplomado

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Pink noise uses lower frequency sounds more.

White noise has all frequency of sounds being relatively equal.

High frequency sounds tend to be more irritating for hyperacusis folks (clinking dishes, etc).

For this reason, we usually use pink noise in treatment.

If the white noise doesn't annoy you, I don't see why it wouldn't work as well though (like rob said, maybe even better?  but that is just a guess).

If the white noise annoys you, you may with to try ones that generate pink noise as an alternative.

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