Today I will be talking about an app that can act as a tinnitus sound therapy treatment.
I have been suffering with tinnitus for over two and a half years now. I know that there are a lot of you folks out there that have had it for longer. I would like to tell each and every one of you that I admire you.
No one knows more than a Tinnitus sufferer, how hard the struggle is. The internal battle carries on through the days and the nights. On the outside, we may look like everything is fine, yet it is far from the truth. This takes courage and strength and I would like to tell you, that you are all doing really well. So go ahead and pat yourself on the back.
What is Tinnitus?
For those of you who have just joined us, welcome. I would like to take a moment to quickly bring some of the readers into the light on what tinnitus really is before I chat about this app to help you cope with tinnitus.
By the way, before I carry on, I want to make you all aware that as far as I know, this app is ONLY available on iOS. For those of you who have android devices, I sincerely apologise.
In a nutshell, Tinnitus is the ringing of noises that one hears. It may be a constant noise or may be intermittent. At times, it may not always just be ringing. It can be humming, hissing, roaring or even musical. There are various types of tinnitus. Tinnitus is very common. One in five people in the US report that tinnitus is a bother and affects their quality of life. I for one hear the roaring noises, along with hissing and ringing in my left ear. I am permamnetly deaf in the right ear.
What causes Tinnitus?
One of the main reasons that I believe that there is no cure for tinnitus, is because it does not have just ONE cause. Tinnitus can be caused by a number of factors. These may include and are not limited to the following:
- Injuries to the head
- Exposure to loud noise
- Meniere’s disease
- Certain infections and medications
- TMJ (Temporamandibular Joint)
- Old Age
How Can Sound Therapy help with Tinnitus?
I have previously talked about white noise masking devices and hearing amplifiers. They help to mask these ringing noises and relieve the tinnitus to some extent. The main point is to improve ones hearing. Depending on the severity of one’s tinnitus, these maskers may bring about little or a great relief to the sufferer.
I maintain that it’s about the quality of life and if something works for you, then stick with it. You know yourself the best and what works for you is what is important.
The App that can Help You
I recently read an article about this application. It is called The Neuromonics Tinnitus Alleviator. It is a product that has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA).
According to Dr Thomas Roland, Jr, Chairman of the department of otolaryngology at the NYU Langon Medical Center, the app is said to help to ,” drown out the tinnitus and help to retrain the brain and ignore the ringing and become less reactive to them.”
How does this App work?
Below is a screenshot of what the Neuromonics Apps looks like.
The app is designed to play special music tracks that helps to blend in with, and decrease the tinnitus. Its been advertised as something that does NOT completely cure the tinnitus. The main objective is to decrease the intensity of the ringing noises.
There are 3 different music profiles that one has to choose from. Initially for me it all sounded the same. However over time you get used to selecting the right one.
The main point of these profiles is to choose the one whereby you are just able to hear the music. In other words the volume must be not be too loud or too soft. It must be comfortable.
The app records the daily time spent on listening. It is recommended that one should spend 2-4hours a day for at least a month. Personally I spend around an hour a day and have been doing it for only a week now.
I certainly found a slight difference. I will give it a time frame for about a month and report back to you and let you know how it went.
This is it for me today. By the way, this app is free to download. There are add-on purchases but I did not go as far as registering for any of them.
Have you given this app a go as yet? Would you try it? Have you heard of anyone that has tried it?
I would love to hear your comments, views or opinions.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Please don’t forget to check out other stories on this site that can help you with your tinnitus. I will leave you with one before I say good-bye.
Take Care and See you around