This is my first post after years of lurking around HeadFi forums.
I have been suffering from Tinnitus for ~4 years now. It was mostly manageable until this autumn when medication side effects increased the perceived volume such that I now hear it 3x louder in the left ear and 2x louder in the right ear.
Now the ringing cuts through most things like watching television, etc. I am no longer able to ignore it…
After much research on Tinnitus, TRT and nutrition deficiencies I’ve been getting things together like vitamins, an Android application called White Noise to play nature sounds or (white, brown, pink, etc.) noise and Zen type sounds/music to try and sleep at night.
To provide perspective for my advice request here is the gear that I currently own while being mindful that I am not an audiophile:
NuForce NE-7M connected to mobile devices
o Provides isolation and good audio qualities for mobile devices with comfort once you get passed the initial weirdness of putting something in your ears.
Grado SR80i connected to mobile devices or Rotel Amp headphone out.
o Good audio qualities but lacks comfort due to hot ears after short periods.
Sennheiser HD515 connected to Rotel Amp headphone out.
o Sound is irrelevant, as I can't stand putting these things on my head due to the clamping sensation.
I am looking for at least two solutions both of which include open back headphones WITHOUT isolation.
The TRT idea is that I wish to play sounds at low volume in the headphones and still be able to interact with my environment.
Picture listening to television with headphones on with the main source of audio coming from B&W speakers while wearing headphones that play low volume sounds that retrain my brain to not pay attention to the ringing in my ears. The principle should also apply to meetings, conversations, etc.
ALERT -> words like “wireless” or “Bluetooth” may appear bellow! ;o)
- No external amps required
- Maximum comfort i.e. NO CLAMPING / NO HOT EARS to allow lengthy periods usage
- Good or better sound quality
- Optionally wireless
I have been thinking of two pairs, one for work and one for home use.
I was hoping to find open back Bluetooth headphones to connect to my phone to wear during the day and another open back headphone for use at home with greater range. I was also hoping to find something to put in my pillow, as I wasn’t very successful sleeping with headphones.
Unfortunately my hopes have been met with the harsh reality that no one seems to make open back Bluetooth headphones thus I am looking for advice on something portable without sound isolation.
For home use I’ve been looking at Sennheiser RS220 but most reports seem to indicate lots of interference with sound cutting out (I’m aware that switching the WIFI to channel 11 helps).
I’ve been thinking of dismantling my RS80i to put into my pillow at least for a test since this is reversible.
At this point I am crumbling under the weight of too much choice. I am also limited to what I can audition in town so I am forced to potentially purchase headphones I’ve never tried. I live in Canada in the capital region, which makes ordering from the states somewhat more complicated.
I look forward to the heafi collective knowledge/advice and hope to be able to order something on Black Friday to save a few bucks as specialized Tinnitus maskers start at around $3,000.00 and only offer limited sounds without the option to adjust the treatment to my personal needs.
Thanks for reading this far!