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Having major problems with sound sensitivity when trying to sleep. Can't block out background noise.
I can't handle wearing sound blocking headphones. I'm too sensitive to the touch.
Anyone have any solutions? White noise? Other?
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- Rather than white noise, you might check out PINK noise. But I could not tolerate that at all and, I think, many with lyme have a harder time with any kinds of sound muffling things that have motors. But you can see what works. If you buy any items, keep the receipts and be careful when opening so it could be returned.
Sound blocking headphones are TERRIBLE to wear at night, if you are talking about the battery operated ones. They are bad for us, anytime, other than when absolutely necessary for short amounts of time.
They actually have a transformer, microphone and other things in there that can make hyperacusis worse -- so they should be for when you can't avoid a situation and they are needed.
Ear PLUGS, though, if you can manage though, might be of help. If you don't have tinnitus, it's easier. If you do have tinnitus, ear plugs can make it worse, though there are still ways to work with this.
Sorry to hear of this frustration. Many good suggestions in the thread below that I hope will help. It's likely a multi-pronged puzzle and it will likely require multiple approaches. Hope you find what works for you.
First, check all your Rx, OTC items for what might be ototoxic.
Second, be sure your liver / kidney support is full & solid.
SKULLCAP tincture only, see note here, along with other suggestions:
We live near a major highway which I actually kind of like. I have a weird love of living near anything to do with travel. We used to live near an airport.
At night, we run floor fans in the summer and space heaters (the safe kind with a tip over feature) in the winter. The noise from the motor is not really very loud
but just loud enough to somewhat mask the highway sound and I find the humming sound kind of comforting. I don't know if something like that might help you.
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