In the last episode, I mentioned the Sound+Sleep product that I use to help me get through the night. If you only experience Tinnitus in one ear, then you can position the device to be closest to the ear that is affected. In my case, having it in both ears meant that I had to come up with a little different solution. After doing some research I found a solution that has worked out very well for me. Thinking that I would need to boost the volume a bit to drive two speakers, I first set out in search of an amplifier. Didn’t need anything big but something a little larger than a postage stamp. I heard reference to just the amplifier I was looking for in one of the tech podcasts that I listen to. I found the Lepai amp to be the perfect size for what I needed. This fits perfectly on the nightstand that the Sound+Sleep is on.
Next was what kind of speaker to use. I didn’t want anything large because of weight or that would have to be mounted or screwed into the headboard of the bed. The Pyle PCB3BK cube speakers were just the right side and had very little weight to them. I still had find a way to attach them to the headboard without doing any damage. The 3M Command Strips that you see advertised frequently would hold what little weight the speakers had and be easily removed when the time came without doing damage. A trip to the hardware store or additional item from Amazon yielded the speaker wire that I needed to connect the speakers to the Lepai amp. If you haven’t wired speakers before, thing you need to watch is that the side of the speaker cable that you connect to the red terminal on the speaker is the same one that is connected to the red terminal on the Lepai (or whatever model you use) amplifier. If you get these crossed, no damage will be done, the sound might not be as full or brilliant as it would be normally.
The last item required as a cable to connect the Lepai to the Sound+Sleep. The Sound+Sleep already has a headphone connector on the side of the cabinet. The main thing to remember here is that you will want to connect the cable on the Lepai amp (or whatever amp you end up using) to an input labeled MP3 player or something similar. The volume coming out of the connector on the Sound+Sleep is already been amplified somewhat so you dont want to overload the Lepai amp. The MP3 connector already takes this into account and reduces the volume to a safe level.
- Lepai Amplifier – http://www.tinnitusmystory.com/lepy
- Pyle Speakers – http://www.tinnitusmystory.com/pyle1
- Audio Cable – http://www.tinnitusmystory.com/audio_cable
I added a timer and a power strip to what I have listed here so that the Lepai and Sound+Sleep are powered off after I have left for work. This also has them ready to go when I am ready to turn in for the evening. Since some devices use power even when they are turned off, I am trying to minimize idle power usage.
To learn more about how you can deal with Tinnitus from what an actual Tinnitus sufferer has gone through, please pick up a copy of this book today. Be sure to listen to the podcast for a way to get a free copy of the audio version of the book. If you don’t suffer from Tinnitus but know someone who does, this would make a great gift. Everything in this book was researched personally by the author and has been tried out where indicated. It is done to help save you some of the time and effort of finding the same information.