The AudioNotch Tinnitus Treatment Blog

Do Audiologists work with AudioNotch to help people determine their tinnitus frequency?

Some of our users have asked us whether we have any audiology partners that will help users to determine their tinnitus frequencies for them.

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any partners in this regard. Some audiology clinics do offer a tinnitus evaluation that includes tinnitus frequency detection (matching your tinnitus tone to a computer generated tinnitus tone while listening to the audio in a soundproof chamber). If you detect your tone, then you can manually enter it into the box in our tuner in Step 1.

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Should I listen in both ears if I have tinnitus in one ear?

A lot of people who have unilateral tinnitus write to ask me if they should listen to AudioNotch in both ears, given that only one ear is affected.

The answer? Interestingly, you should listen in both ears even if your tinnitus is only in one ear.

The reason is because the experiments the therapy is based on treated people in both ears, even if they had unilateral tinnitus (tinnitus in one ear). The reason this approach may have been effective is that

Tinnitus finally went away

For how many people does tinnitus finally just go away?

The scientific literature hints at the possibility:
Spontaneous remission by natural habituation is experienced by more than three-quarters of sufferers. Habituation occurs within the CNS, whereas adaptation involves a peripheral sensory organ.
However, habituation is not the same thing as tinnitus “going away.” So really, after searching the papers on the subject, I discovered that nobody seems to have studied the actual prevalence of this occurring!

What is a 4khz notch?

A notch is a segment of audio that is “cut out” of a sample of audio.

To understand what this looks like, check out the image below:

What is a Notch?

What is a Notch?

A 4 kHz notch is just a piece of sound energy that has been “notched out” at that specific frequency.

To learn more about the notching process, check out our FAQ.

Multi Tonal Tinnitus

As far as I know, there are no effective treatments for multiple tinnitus tones. Almost all the research that has been conducted has been on people who only have a single tinnitus tone. However, in theory, AudioNotch might work with people who have multiple tinnitus tones. In theory, if the tones were far enough apart, you could create two separate notches for two separate tones, for example. Instructions on how to do that are available here, but I must emphasize that such a therapy would be completely unproven. 

In theory, the best treatment for tinnitus would be to restore the lost hearing that … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Mask

Check out the tinnitus talk Audio Player, which has a whole bunch of awesome tinnitus masking sounds.

By the way, in my opinion, that’s the best tinnitus forum available on-line – period. Check them out!

Best sounds to mask tinnitus?

Are you interested in masking your tinnitus? Check out our free masker here!

These sounds can be played through the player on the web page, or alternatively, they can be downloaded and saved.

Free Acoustic Coordinated Modulation Reset Therapy

I’m not sure I’m sold on the actual efficacy of this, but here’s a description:
One recent development in this area is a therapy called Acoustic Coordinated RESET (CR) Neuromodulation, from the German company ANM. This therapy specifically targets a mechanism of tinnitus which is thought to involve abnormal levels of synchronous activity in the hearing brain, where large populations of nerve cells repeatedly and spontaneously fire at the same time. The therapy is currently being marketed by the private healthcare sector in Germany and was recently made available in the UK by The Tinnitus Clinic, London.

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Tinnitus Promising Treatment

Tinnitus is the medical name of the mysterious noise millions of people have suffered from for years. Some of the different sounds people hear from clicking to ringing can be contributed to other medical conditions. The diagnosis tinnitus is used when there are no other logical reasons for the noise.

Medical conditions that may cause tinnitus can include spine, neck, head and facial injuries. Other contributing factors may be working or living in a noisy environment, habitual tooth and jaw clenching, and heart problems. Older people who spent years listening to loud music, attended concerts, or served in a military combat … Continue Reading

Audio Notch Filter

What is the AudioNotch filter? Check out the infographic below for an explanation!

An overview of how to "Notch Out" audio from unprocessed audio

An overview of how to “Notch Out” audio from unprocessed audio