Relaxing Nature Sounds - a Relief for Tinnitus Sufferers
Tinnitus is a medical complaint where sufferers hear sounds that come from inside their body. Tinnitus can manifest itself in the form of many sounds, including:
- • buzzing
- • humming
- • grinding
- • hissing
- • whistling
- • music or singing
- • beating noise in time with pulse
Tinnitus is rarely a sign of a serious underlying condition, and for some people it may come and go and only be a minor irritation, but for others it can become infuriating and a great cause of distress.
Although there is no cure, there are various therapies that can help. It was recently reported in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and the Metro (amongst other publications) that listening to relaxing, rythmic sounds, such as the sea can provide relief. It works as the sound of crashing waves, wind in trees or the patter of rain is on a similar frequency to many of the sounds reported by tinnitus sufferers.
The reports were based on a study by Dutch scientists who treated tinnitus sufferers with Cognitive behavioural therapy, in which patients are encouraged to discuss their problems, along with relaxing sounds such as ocean sounds. The results were compared with more traditional methods of treating tinnitus. Their study of 492 patients, published in The Lancet medical journal, found those treated with both techniques saw significant improvements in their quality of life after a year, compared with sufferers who had standard sound therapy.
In association with the British Tinnitus Association, Sounds Natural have produced two new titles - "Wind in Aspen Leaves" and "Song Thrush in Heavy Rain - for tinnitus sufferers, and others, who wish to be immersed in the relaxing sounds of nature. They complement our existing titles such as ""The Sound of the Sea" and "The Sound of the Sea with Shore Birds"