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      Sound therapy

      Listening to soft, soothing sounds can distract your brain from listening to your tinnitus sounds so you sleep better and notice our condition less.

      What is sound therapy?

      You may notice your tinnitus seems louder in quiet environments, for example at night when you're trying to sleep. Sound therapy, which is also called ‘sound enrichment’, makes tinnitus less noticeable by reducing the contrast between tinnitus sounds and background sounds.

      How does sound therapy help?

      Sound therapy distracts the brain from listening to tinnitus sounds. This ‘distraction’ can be achieved by wearing sound generators, which fit behind, or in, the ear and produce soft ‘rushing’ sounds, or by listening to soothing sounds – from CDs or other sound-therapy products. Visit our shop for products that can help with tinnitus.

      What is sound therapy like?

      For sound therapy to be successful in the long term, the 'sounds' should be just below the volume level of your tinnitus. Some experts believe that constant exposure to a very low level of tinnitus helps you to habituate your tinnitus, making it less intrusive over time.

      To find out more, see our factsheet on tinnitus.

      Learn more about tinnitus and the drugs, therapies and self-help techniques that may help manage the symptoms.