Although these are two separate elements of tinnitus treatment and each alone can be a vital part of your tinnitus relief program it seems to me they could usefully be combined to enhance your tinnitus treatment.
I appreciate that this article may simply act as a reminder for many of you but nevertheless I think it is important enough even if it helps just a few, perhaps newly diagnosed sufferers, to improve their tinnitus relief therapy.
Let me explain. We know that a major tinnitus cause is stress. The reason for the stress can be work or family pressures though often the cause of that stress is the anxiety and pain of the tinnitus symptoms themselves. So the more effective our tinnitus relief, the less the stress and the greater our confidence that our tinnitus cure is a reality not a dream.
Many tinnitus sufferers use relaxation methods as part of their tinnitus relief. This can be occasional or regular depending on the frequency and severity of our tinnitus attacks. I for one use relaxation every day as part of my preparation for sleep and I can tell you that my relaxation technique is very effective these days. Often I will relax in a chair with a book or watching TV, not intending to sleep, and within minutes I am napping. I have to be a bit careful in company!
Anyway let us now take a look at sound masking as part of your tinnitus relief program.
If you use sound masking you probably accept that this treatment is unlikely to result in a tinnitus cure but can give you heaven sent respite and very welcome relief from your tinnitus sound. It becomes a major part of your tinnitus relief. As with relaxation, the amount of time and the frequency of use of your masker will depend upon the severity of your own tinnitus symptoms. Not surprisingly this is most likely to include the period as you prepare for sleep when tiredness and quiet tend to encourage the unwelcome return of those tinnitus symptoms.
If you use both of these techniques as part of your tinnitus relief program you might like to try this simple combination of these two treatment methods. An hour before your intended bedtime, whatever you happen to be doing, if it is safe to do so, gently start your relaxation program. Slow down your body work rate slightly, deepen those breaths and as soon as you can, get the masking sound operating so that the combination of relaxation and masking can work together to bring you closer to sleep sooner than otherwise.
If you are using masking techniques without relaxation then I suggest that you learn relaxation methods and sound distraction techniques as part of your wider tinnitus relief program. Do this and before long you should be able to use these to control the severity of your tinnitus at the early stages of an attack which means your stress levels will be less, and you will begin to enjoy the benefits of a well managed tinnitus relief program.