According to WebMD, tinnitus affects about 50 million adults in the U.S.
“Tinnitus (pronounced ti-ni-tis), or ringing in the ears, is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, or other sounds. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. It is often worse when background noise is low, so you may be most aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room… Although tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, it does not cause the loss, nor does a hearing loss cause tinnitus. In fact, some people with tinnitus experience no difficulty hearing, and in a few cases they even become so acutely sensitive to sound (hyperacusis) that they must take steps to muffle or mask external noises.” -WebMD
So how do you deal with this problem? One way may be to use a device to mask the sounds of tinnitus. The Tinnitus Relief Wand (9″L x 1″D, 7 oz.) by Hammacher Schlemmer is such a device. The Hammacher Schlemmer website asserts that the gentle vibration of the wand “stimulates the auditory nerve while producing a low hum similar to white noise” when applied to four different areas on the outer ear and surrounding bones thus masking the sounds of tinnitus for up to 18 hours. The wand has a rechargeable battery that will allow it to work for up to three hours. The website does not indicate how long you should use the device for relief, nor do they provide any information about clinical studies or endorsements from the medical community. If these questions concern you, you may want to contact them here.
The Tinnitus Relief Wand comes with its own charging adapter, six interchangeable tips, a lifetime guarantee, and is available for purchase from Hammacher Schlemmer for $89.95 + $16.95 shipping.