Tinnitus and hyperacusis are two conditions that can be very frustrating. Tinnitus is a ringing, crunching, or other repetitive sound that you can hear as a result of illness, head trauma, noise exposure, and other causes. Hyperacusis is an extreme sensitivity to sound, to the point where you can’t tune out background sounds and find even quiet sounds too loud to comfortably handle. Hyperacusis often accompanies conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and migraines.
Treatment for tinnitus and hyperacusis often involves forms of white noise used to either mask the sound or retrain your brain. Sound therapy for hyperacusis, for example, involves having you listen to low-level white noise to help you relearn how to tune out sound and how to function when sound is around. Noise generators are often used in tinnitus treatment to hide the sound produced by the tinnitus.
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