The AudioNotch Tinnitus Treatment Blog

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Written by AudioNotch Team on March 10, 2016

Categories: Hearing

Please note: the following information does not constitute professional medical advice, and is provided for general informational purposes only. Please speak to your doctor if you have tinnitus.


Tinnitus is a painful condition that causes people to experience a nearly constant ringing sound in their ears. Infections and certain medical conditions may cause tinnitus to develop, but the most common reason why people get tinnitus is exposure to loud sounds. The more frequently a person is exposed to loud sounds, the more likely they are to develop tinnitus. Noise cancelling headphones for tinnitus use a built-in microphone and electronic circuitry to create a competing noise that cancels out the sound of ringing. There are many benefits to using these headphones for tinnitus.

Better Listening Experience
In people with tinnitus, listening to audio books or music can be a challenge. The sound of ringing in the ears competes with the sounds that you want to hear, resulting in over-stimulation of your auditory system. Noise cancelling headphones for tinnitus help to block other noises from your environment, such as the voices of nearby people who are conversing. Your auditory system will no longer feel the need to listen to the ambient noises. With the headphones on, you can focus on the songs or book that you want to hear.

Protects Against Further Hearing Damage
If you work at a job that involves regular exposure to loud noises, wearing noise cancelling headphones for tinnitus may help to protect your ears from further damage. Jobs such as airline baggage handlers and machinery operators require that workers wear these headphones, because hearing loss is a real risk with these occupations. If you do hobbies such as carpentry or metalwork, noise cancelling headphones are a good idea. The headphones help to protect your ears from the loud sounds of the saws and other equipment.

Tinnitus Sound Therapy
Noise cancelling headphones for tinnitus are of great benefit to people who need tinnitus sound therapy. During our sound therapy sessions, our patients use these headphones and listen to customized tones created by our audiologists. The pleasant sounds that play from the headphones aim to help patients decrease their tinnitus symptoms. Over time, use of noise cancelling headphones for tinnitus sound therapy may decrease both the frequency and the duration of ringing in the ears.

Noise cancelling headphones are adjustable to fit a range of head sizes and shapes. They are available for children as well as adults who have tinnitus. Using these headphones is safe, as they do not emit any radiation like cellphones may release.