Deafness/Hearing Impairment/Hearing sleep tinnitus anxiety?


Hello I have severe hearing loss in both ears still can hear out of my right one my question is I also have severe tinnitus like tea kettles 24/7 and sound sensitivity iron use sound masking to try to sleep other than meds like ambient etc is there a good OTC something that my help me sleep hearing loss is terrible by the tinnitus and sound sensitivity is much worse as I know there's no cure for I'm young loss hearing from explosion just if you know anything for help with sleep thank you

Dear Mick,

If I understood your question correctly, your severe tinnitus does not allow you to sleep.  You also have excessive sound sensitivity and thus cannot use a masking device for your tinnitus.  You would like to find an over-the-counter product which would help you to get some sleep at night.   

I wish I could be of help here. As far as OTC sleep meds, this is not my field, but perhaps someone in alternative medicine can provide some solution.  

You might want to look into a company called "Arches Tinnitus Formula".  They are on the web, and have various non-prescription products that aim at reducing tinnitus as well as stress.  This is not a recommendation based on my experience with the products, but their reputation is backed by Dr. Michael Seidman-- a well respected ENT physician and researcher.

I wish you well and hope you find the solution to help you sleep peacefully.


Levi Reiter, Ph.D.

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Levi A. Reiter, Ph.D.


I am a full Professor of Audiology at Hofstra University and also in private practice. I can answer questions regarding hearing loss, auditory diagnoses, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, deafness


I have been teaching audiology at Hofstra University for 33 years. I have been in private practice for 31 years. I do hearing assessments, auditory diagnostic tests which are physiological, e.g., ABR, OAEs, etc. I also have over 30 years experience in fitting, and dispensing hearing aids.

ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Associaton AAA (American Academy of Audiology)

My articles have appeared in: Journal of Auditory Research J of Speech and Hearing Disorders J of Speech and Hearing Research The Hearing Journal J of the American Tinnitus Association The ASHA Leader Plus.......

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and two post-doctoral fellowships from NIH and NICHD. I am Board Certified by the American Academy of Audiology, and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. I also have numerous professional publications in the field of Audiology.

Awards and Honors
Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Sciencess Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Development Scholarships from the U of Rochester, Connecticut College Faculty Development grants from Hofstra U. The Scholars Award from the American Academy of Audiology The ACE award from the American Speech & Hearing Association

Past/Present Clients
Not sure what this means. I see clients of all ages and from all parts of the world.

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