The 5 Best Sound Machines For Tinnitus

The 5 Best Sound Machines For Tinnitus

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans with tinnitus, you know how frustrating and debilitating the condition can be. There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments that can help. One treatment option is sound therapy, which can help diminish the ringing in your ears and provide relief. It uses pleasant and calming sounds to help reduce the loudness of your tinnitus. 

There are many different types of sound machines on the market, so it can be tricky to choose the right one for you. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best sound machines for tinnitus. 

Dr. Ben reviews the top 5 sound machines for tinnitus.

1. Sound Oasis BST-100 

Sound Oasis is a sound machine that comes with 20 built-in sounds, as well as the ability to stream sound from other apps on your phone via Bluetooth. The app also allows you to create a wind-down routine and set a timer for the sound to turn off. The included sounds are effective tinnitus management sounds. 

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This compact device has a high-quality speaker for all these helpful sounds. The machine has several methods for utilizing it on the go. It can be powered by a USB port or run for up to 5-8 hours on a rechargeable built-in battery. The Sound Oasis is highly portable at 2.6” tall and 2.5” in diameter.

2. Dohm 

Dohm is an analog sound machine, which means that it doesn’t use digital speakers. Instead, it creates sound with a fan in a small container. There are two modes and a physical volume control, so you can adjust the sound to your preferred loudness and quality. The volume control opens up the vents to let more sound into your room. The Dohm also has an app that allows you to set timers, adjust the tone, and set the volume. 

The machine was first invented in 1962 and was originally called the Sleepmate. It’s been in use since then. All you need to do is plug it in, put the switch on either low or high, and rotate the cap and collar to play the sound you want. It’s that easy. It even comes in six different colors so you can personalize it to your preferences or the acoustics of your room.

3. Snooz 

Snooz is another analog sound machine that uses a fan-in-a-box to create sound. It has a free app that allows you to set timers, adjust tone, and set volume. If you want to adjust it manually, you change the sound by simply twisting the outer shell. The Snooz is unique in that it integrates with your phone’s clock, so you can have a wind-down routine before bed and turn the sound therapy back on in the morning. 

The beauty of the Snooz is that while it’s like a fan, it uses up to 98% less energy than a regular fan, doesn’t blow air outside of the device, and is travel friendly. While it’s a bit larger than the Oasis at 5.6” length by 5.6” width by 3.2” height, it’s definitely portable. You can have a variety of sounds from a light fan noise to a deep drone like an airplane cabin no matter where you are. 

4. Hatch Restore 

Hatch Restore is an alarm clock integrated with a sound machine. It allows you to have a wind-down routine before bed and turn the sound therapy back on in the morning. The app also has sleep programs that you can stream to the device. The only downside is that the app for the larger sound library, sleep exercises, and wind-down routines requires a paid subscription at around $5 per month. 

The Hatch Restore also has an integrated light that can be used to wake you up or help you fall asleep. You can turn this off if not needed. It works by gradually lighting up around your wake-up time to ease you out of sleep gently. You can also have it play sounds like birds, chimes, or a flute to wake you up gently instead of having a blaring alarm clock. 

5. Adaptive Sound+Sleep SE

The Adaptive Sound+Sleep SE machine has 64 different adaptive sound environments. It adapts to your environment, decreasing the sound in quiet environments and increasing the sound in loud background environments. This is a great option if you need a sound machine that can adapt to different situations. 

Sounds include white, pink, and brown noises along with fan sounds and natural ones like the ocean, rain,  and waterfalls. The sounds evolve as they play and do not repeat. You can set the sound to play all night long or gently turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. 

Summary: Sound Therapy Machines For Tinnitus

There are many different types of sound machines on the market, each with its own unique features. There are both digital and analog sound machines, and which one you prefer depends on the type of sounds that you like. Of course, built-in sounds are not as important for devices that have Bluetooth. 

When choosing a sound machine for tinnitus, it’s important to consider your needs and what type of environment you’ll be using it in. If you need a machine that can adapt to different situations, the Adaptive Sound+Sleep machine is a great option. If you want a machine that you can control yourself, the Oasis, Dohm, or Snooz are all good choices. Whatever sound machine you choose, the most important aspect is having a good sound therapy routine to help you manage your tinnitus consistently.

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