Tinnitus may keep you lying awake at night, but it doesn’t have to. One way to ease the ringing in your ears recommended by the American Tinnitus Association is through sound therapy. Listening to certain sounds may help reduce tinnitus symptoms by either covering up tinnitus with another sound, or distracting the person’s attention by focusing on something else. This is exactly what Sound Oasis’ Tinnitus Therapy and Sleep Machine was designed to do. Out of 24 sounds, half of the sounds were designed specifically to treat tinnitus by either Dr. Lee Bartel or Dr. Jeffery Thompson, both experts in using sound as a form of treatment or therapy.
- Comes with 2 sound cards with a total of 24 soothing sounds, 12 of which were designed to treat tinnitus
- Settings allow you to play the sound nonstop, or to program a gradual shut off after 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
- Can be powered by an AC adaptor or AA batteries, although they are not included
- Less than 1.5 pounds, it is light in weight and small in size.
- Includes 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
The Tinnitus Therapy and Sleep Machine is a small, inconspicuous addition to your nightstand, which makes it an easy and convenient way to treat tinnitus. It comes with two interchangeable sound cards, each with 12 different sounds.
The first card has six sounds developed to help the brain move to certain brainwaves to encourage deeper sleep. Other sounds on this card feature natural sounds such as rain and ocean surf.
The second card features six sounds that target specific frequencies, ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 Hertz. These frequencies are optimal to mask tinnitus. The six remaining tracks are also nature based and include white noise as well.
To switch cards, open the lid on the compartment on the bottom of the machine. There you’ll find a small location to slide in one of the sound cards. This is also the same compartment you’ll use if you want to add batteries. Four AA batteries are required to operate the machine when it isn’t plugged in with the AC adaptor. Although the adaptor comes with the machine, batteries do not.
The front of the machine comes with seven easily identifiable buttons. The first, located on the top of machine is the snooze/off-resume function. This is the first button you’ll need to press to turn the machine on. This will also cause the first sound to play. It also functions as a snooze button when the alarm goes off.
To move between sounds, press the big round sound button. The name of the sound appears on the digital screen to help you in the selection. To set an alarm, just click on the button that looks like a clock. To choose a sound or turn the alarm on or off press the button with a small bell. You can also press the snooze button on the top twice quickly to turn it off.
You can press the timer button, just above the display, to make sounds gradually turn off in increments of 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
All options display on the screen to make selection easier.
- Helps ease the discomfort of tinnitus
- Creates a calming environment to facilitate sleep
- Sounds designed by experts in both musicology and sound therapy
- Cuts out background noise to encourage restful, night-long sleep
TheTinnitus Therapy and Sleep Machine is relatively easy to use, and with a variety of sounds designed specifically to help with tinnitus, you can’t really go wrong. While the machine and its sounds focus on tinnitus, they may also be used as ‘white noise’ for anyone who has difficulty sleeping.