by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
One technique for dealing with your tinnitus is to mask your tinnitus with other soothing sounds. This is an especially good way to deal with your tinnitus if you have trouble getting to sleep.
The VirtualDreamer website has a number of tinnitus-masking sound files that you can download for free.
For example, files that you can download at no cost include the sounds of Niagara falls, or the sound of a shower, an oscillating fan, a clothes dryer or space heater running.
For a few bucks ($5.95 – $7.95) there are a number of other tinnitus-masking sound files you might enjoy even more. Here are two examples.
Deep Woods Waterfall: “Imagine hiking through the forest and coming across a secluded waterfall. This is the premise of Deep Woods Waterfall. Forest birds can be heard at a non-distracting distance. Very few things in nature are as soothing or sleep inducing as the sound of a waterfall. The falls produce peaceful pink and white noise that naturally cancels out all other distracting noises.”
Snowbound Cabin: “Everyone dreams of getting away from it all. Take a virtual journey with sound to a remote cabin in the mountains. You trek back to your cabin as a snowstorm blows in, cutting you off from civilization but you are well stocked and warm inside your log home. The primary relaxation sound is wind in many varieties but there is so much more. Occasional hail strikes the windows as a fireplace crackles in the background, and there is even the sizzle of something on the stove near the beginning of the audio. So, relax and settle in for a long winter’s nap.”
If tinnitus-masking is something you want to try to help you get to sleep, why not try out one of the sound files on this website. Visualize the peaceful scenes as you fall asleep to the sounds of wind or water.
To learn more about tinnitus and numerous other good ways of dealing with it, check out my book, When Your Ears Ring—Cope with Your Tinnitus—Here’s How. This book has helped many people deal with their tinnitus.