I think some forums can provide a good resource for people who suffer from tinnitus. They can act as a source of information as well as alleviate the sensation of isolation that people with tinnitus suffer. Previously I posted about Tinnitus Talk, which in my opinion, is the best internet forum on the internet. However, some of you may also be interested in checking out some other forums as well.
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Good news! If you’re in the Hamilton area, McMaster University (my former alma mater) is running a trial of a customized music therapy for tinnitus. Could it be Notched Music Therapy? We’ll have to wait and see!
McMaster University is currently running a study to test if a customized sound therapy can reduce a person’s tinnitus after several months of use. Because everyone’s tinnitus is different, we will provide participants with a customized music-based therapy tailored to their tinnitus. We will also provide participants withtheir own MP3 player and headphones, so that they can listen to the music they receive whenever and wherever …
Here on AudioNotch, I’ve blogged in the past about how meditation can help you with your tinnitus. I just wanted to point out two resources that can help you meditate.
- The first one is the “Stop Breathe & Think” app which is available on iOS devices. This application is free, and will walk you through a guided meditation process. It’s got a really nice user interface.
- The second link is a free on-line meditation timer that you can use at your computer. I’ve had a good experience with this one and use it frequently.
Check out the $100 tinnitus masking sound generator available here:
The Tinnitus Masking Sound Generator will make use of similar masking therapy which has been recommended by otolaryngologists and the American Tinnitus Association. The dozen tracks will incorporate specific white-noise frequencies (1,000-10,000 Hz) so that tinnitus sufferers can pick from the specific sound which offers the most effective level of relief. Such digital recordings can be played non-stop or at 30-, 60-, or 90-minutes intervals. Not only that, there will also be another 12-track card of pleasant nature and relaxation sounds including ocean surf and wind chimes …
Obviously, it’s not a cure, but a new article in CNN referencing a new variant of CBT for tinnitus has shown efficacy in reducing subjective distress caused by tinnitus:
The study, conducted in the Netherlands, involved 492 patients. Half received an audiological work-up and no other structured treatment, while the other half received integrated care, including tinnitus-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
The therapy included having patients perform mundane, everyday tasks, while being exposed to whatever sound is associated with their tinnitus.
“People usually avoid their own sound,” said Cima. “So they practice paying attention to their sound and what reactions they’re having because …
Incredible research from Johns Hopkins supports our anecdotal observations that being blind can improve your other senses:
Music experts often say that blind performers like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are good examples of how not being able to see can enhance one’s ability to hear. Now, a new neuroscience study appears to support this – it found preventing sight for as little as a week may be enough to help the brain process sound more effectively.
The mood disorders that can result after the onset of tinnitus are devastating for many people. I believe that some people are more predisposed than others to developing a crippling depression after the onset of tinnitus. There are likely a set of vulnerabilities in certain peoples’ brains that make them more vulnerable to experiencing psychological distress after the onset of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a challenge because it’s “always there,” and a cursory review of material on-line shows how easily some people can be pushed into psychological devastation. Consider the following anecdote:
TORMENTED by a constant piercing ringing in …
Dealing with children who have developed tinnitus is a challenge. There’s just not that much data out there in the scientific literature about how to help them. An eleven year old boy in the UK had particularly difficulty with insomnia:
An 11-year-old with severe tinnitus is finally able to get a good night’s sleep after discovering listening to birds relieves his symptoms.
Leo Bamford has suffered from the condition – which leaves him with a constant high-pitched ringing in his ears – since he was a toddler.
Every night the noise kept him awake for hours and left him tired and …
One thing that we’ve noticed at AudioNotch is that we get a lot of interest in our tuner. Some people have used the tuner to generate a tone to be used for tuning instruments like guitars. We wanted to share another great site that we’ve discovered which can do the same: FreeTuner.co is a simple web application that can figure out what note is being played based on a sound! We only wish that it was that easy to find your tinnitus frequency!
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At AudioNotch, we like to emphasize that we’re based on scientific research. The majority of treatments marketed on-line for tinnitus are not actually scientifically supported, so it’s important for us to differentiate ourselves from treatments that have no scientific basis.
That said, “based on science” isn’t the same this as “100% proven.” The studies done on Notched Sound Therapy have been evaluated in promising terms, but they had limitations. That’s why larger studies are needed. The good news is that one such larger study (a randomized controlled trial) is now underway. It has been initiated by the discoverers …