When a person has tinnitus, it means he or she hears a buzzing or ringing in the ears that other people can’t hear. The unwanted sounds can last all day and night for some people. Today there are increasing number of tinnitus sound therapy devices and applications in use to manage and alleviate symptoms.
For example, sound therapists are expressing hope about a new sound-emitting device worn in the ear during sleep that helps to train the brain to ignore the annoying sounds. Early feedback has been promising with people who wear the device reporting that it seemed to help and may train the brain to ignore the annoying chronic ringing.
Tinnitus sufferers wear this device primarily at night. Usage during sleep is instrumental in teaching the brain to ignore sounds it doesn’t want to hear. Before wearing the inner-ear device for the first time, participants work with software to choose sounds most like ones they heard in their ears. The sound therapy devices then play back those same sounds during sleep until users adjust to them and eventually can tune them out.
Mobile Applications to Help Manage Tinnitus
Today there are also numerous sound therapy applications designed for tinnitus management. These applications play calming or soothing sounds and designed to mask ringing in the ears. Individuals use the apps with traditional wireless earbuds or hearing aids for tinnitus relief.
Below is a list of currently available applications that people suffering from this condition may wish to try. In a 2016 study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, 675 people tried several different apps. They assigned an average rating of 4.2 of 5, indicating satisfaction with how the app helped with their tinnitus.
Here are just some of the smartphone applications currently available on Android, iOS, or both:
Beltone Tinnitus Calmer
Relax Noise 3
This disguises the buzzing and ringing sounds of tinnitus with pink, red, or white noise. Google Play
ReSound Tinnitus Relief
Modified music coming through this app retrains the brain to not hear the buzzing and ringing sounds or have a reaction to them. iOS App Store
Tinnitus Therapy Lite
White Noise Lite
Music Therapy for Tinnitus Symptom Management
Music therapy is another option available to tinnitus sufferers to help reduce or eliminate their symptoms. After finding a playlist online, they can request the removal of sounds that bother them the most. The benefit of listening to a playlist of adjusted music is that it helps to reorganize the brain’s auditory cortex.
This is the area of the brain that perceives sound. People who participated in a music therapy study by listening to music without the bothersome sounds reported a significant decrease in symptoms. The typical participant listened to the music for 12 hours a week.
Since the original research study, several companies have created automated software that can customize sounds in a user’s own playlist. Smartphone apps such as AudioNotch make it easy for tinnitus sufferers to find their own tones and adjust the music accordingly.
Nuheara Earbuds for Tinnitus ReliefNuheara products such as IQbuds² MAX and IQbuds BOOST may offer additional benefits for tinnitus relief. They are a great platform through which to use sound and music therapy apps. Additionally, the ability of the earbuds to control or cancel out uncomfortable or distracting background noise is key.
Easily control sound from the physical world via the tap touch earbud controls or the IQbuds smartphone app. While there’s no cure yet for tinnitus, the devices and solutions above offer an increasing range of potential options for symptom relief.
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