I have the problem of masking tinnitus. I have the following questions:

1. Can broadband noise mask tone tinnitus, or any kind of tinnitus (such as narrowband, or chirp)?

2. Assume an audiogram test has identified tinnitus as tonal with loudness level of $x$ dB and frequency/pitch of $y$ Hz. How can I create broadband noise using this information (note that we don't know the variance of the noise)? How could this be implemented in Matlab?

Thanks.

sedy

• actually, for me, it seems that broadband "noise" seems to set off the tinnitus. like if i am in a room that is silent, it often remains silent. but if i am out in the woods and i can hear low-level background sounds (from distant traffic to nearby birds), it seems like these low-level sounds have to compete with the noisy tinnitus. perhaps this is just the character of my hearing. – robert bristow-johnson Mar 17 '15 at 18:07