Coping Toolbox

Author and retired audiologist Jan L. Mayes reviews and opinions on coping with chronic conditions like tinnitus, decreased sound tolerance (hyperacusis, misophonia), hearing loss, anxiety, and depression.

Brown Noise Alert: May Trigger Worse Hyperacusis and Imbalance or Dizziness Problems in People with Inner Ear Disorders

Brown Noise Alert: Recommend do not use for sound enrichment or sound therapy if you have any pre-existing vestibular or balance system disorders, e.g. imbalance, Meniere’s, etc. Further research is needed to establish safety in this subtype of people with tinnitus-hyperacusis. In my books I write about different types of noise or sound types used …

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New Tinnitus Study: Good Vibrations with Surf Sound Therapy

A new tinnitus surf sound therapy study was published in the open access Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Good Vibrations: A Proof-of-Concept Study of the Preferred Temporal Characteristics in Surf-Like Sounds for Tinnitus Therapy. In my opinion, this sound therapy would be useful for people with tinnitus and hyperacusis if they like the …

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Wellbutrin Drug Shortage Prescription Error Hurts Mental Health

In 2018 to 2019, there was a shortage of the anti-depressant Wellbutrin in Canada and other countries. This isn’t about the many reasons for the increased demand, like widespread preventable public noise pollution causing anxiety and depression in people of all ages including children. Or the lack of respect, kindness, and love in the world. …

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Free Online Tinnitus Hyperacusis Coping Tool Resources

Reading (bibliotherapy) and connecting with people who have T/H is often very helpful for people struggling to cope better. Most people (like Jan) have both. H and T are both from overactive hearing systems. Benign. Coping tools and therapy options are usually similar for both. So H info is usually included at T resources too. These are some – not the only – international sources of T and/or H info and how to cope better.