by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady wrote,
I have an acoustic neuroma (since 1992) and have profound hearing loss on one side but extremely sensitive hearing on the other side as well as bilateral tinnitus. I would love to be able to show people what tinnitus sounds like. Do you know of any videos/DVDs that may be available. I would greatly appreciate your assistance.
I can’t say that I know of available CDs/DVDs that contain tinnitus sounds, but tinnitus sounds are available on the Internet. The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has a web page with a variety of tinnitus sounds on it.
Now you can let people hear a few of the many different tinnitus sounds. If you have the volume up when they listen to them, it should drive them “buggy”. Some are pretty piercing. Then just say, “This is what I have to listen to every minute of every day—and here you can’t even stand it for a few seconds!” That should get their attention.
If you want to learn more about tinnitus and what you can do to help bring it under your control, check out the new 5th edition of “When Your Ears Ring! Cope with Your Tinnitus—Here’s How“.