What to avoid
First of all, avoid complete silence. This is very important. Many people with tinnitus that started by exposure to loud sounds such as music or a gunshot naturally try to avoid sounds. But in silence, you will feel tinnitus even more. So, save your earplug usage for really noisy environments such as parties, concerts, cinemas, the subway, etc. I suggest listening to some sound such as nice music. I have often listened to the sounds of nature, such as forest sounds, waterfalls, or whale’s calls.
When there is a great silence, the brain is not at rest, but vice versa. In these situations, the brain is actually on guard. This is a paradox which I will explain. I will use an example from nature where we all come from. Do you know when the greatest silence occurs in nature when there complete silence? In just one moment. When the predator approaches. Then all the animals will freeze and perceive every little, tiny sound. In addition, the brain strengthens all the sounds in this stress mode. So, when you are in complete silence, for example at night with new windows closed, your brain is permanently on alert. In the past, there were no soundproof windows and we always heard some sounds in the countryside. Even at night. Birds, wind, rain, all this prevented complete silence ...
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