The AudioNotch Tinnitus Treatment Blog

Tinnitus Clinic in Toronto

There are multiple tinnitus clinics available in Toronto. If you’re in the Toronto area, you may want to check some of them out!

DISCLOSURE: We are not affiliated with any of these clinics and do not receive any funds from them for any reason.

The clinics are as follows:

It’s difficult to find specialized tinnitus treatment centres. In Toronto, although there are a lot of audiology clinics, there are few specialized tinnitus centres.

Celebrities with Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease is an oftentimes debilitating condition that can cause bouts of intense vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss.

Ryan Adams, a billboard top 100 singer, details his harrowing experience with this illness in US magazine:

UsMagazine.com: Your last album of brand new material was Cardinology (with your band, The Cardinals) in 2008. Why the time off?

Ryan Adams: I did my last live shows in March 2009, but I was really suffering from an inner ear disease called Meniere’s disease and all the stuff that goes along with it, which is a lot of vertigo, balance issues, … Continue Reading

How To Use AudioNotch with an Audiologist

Some users seek us out requesting help with AudioNotch by having their tinnitus frequency determined by an audiologist.

To do so,

  1. Request a tinnitus evaluation that includes an evaluation of your tinnitus frequency. Some, but not all, audiologists provide this frequency matching as a service.
  2. Plug the value in hZ that you receive into our system, and proceed normally.

 

Simply manually enter the tone you receive from your audiologist (this is your tinnitus tone) into our tuner, and proceed ahead Simply manually enter the tone you receive from your audiologist (this is your … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Tones Download

I’ve written a post that discusses the tones of tinnitus. Some of these tones are available for download (click on the first link in the post!).

Written for all you cats looking to download sounds that sound like your tinnitus (according to HitTail, you’re out there!).

If you want to do something useful with tinnitus tones, however, why not try using our free tuner, which can help you to determine the frequency of your tinnitus?

Lidocaine Patch Tinnitus

Lidocaine patches are sometimes used for pain analgesia, such as for diabetic neuropathic pain. They can be applied locally to the skin and then diffuse into the affected area. There have been reports that intravenous administration of lidocaine can relieve tinnitus temporarily, but lidocaine isn’t the kind of drug that’s safe to be providing intravenously (hence the suggestion of a local system of administration, like a patch). However, I doubt that the patch would effectively diffuse into the cochlea (and I’m not even sure if the site of action is the cochlea itself or the actual CNS – i.e. the … Continue Reading

Tinnitus Sounds

There are many different types of tinnitus tones. The heterogeneity of tinnitus tones is one of the most commonly understood elements of the illness. People have tones of all sorts of different types of noises, along with tones of various frequencies, and various combinations thereof. As such, it can be difficult to find an on-line audio clip that correctly matches your own tinnitus tone. I want to present two options for you that will help:

1. The ATA “sounds of tinnitus” web page that provides various types of tinnitus tones

2. The AudioNotch tinnitus tuner, which also provides … Continue Reading

Audio Notch Filter

What is the Audio Notch Filter and how does it work? Check out the following infographic below to see – focus in on Step 2:

The notch filter cuts out one equivalent rectangular bandwith on each side of the tinnitus frequency. The notch filter is based on this study (please note: the Notched Music study used a larger filter with one octave on each side of the tinnitus frequency).

An example of how the processing functionally works (from a Notched Music paper):Continue Reading

Meditation Fixes Tinnitus

Does meditation “fix” tinnitus?

A new program called Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction  has been studied as a therapy. Instead of directly attacking the volume of the tinnitus tone, this therapy indirectly targets our brain’s negative reaction to the tinnitus percept. It’s a brilliant technique that leverages the power of mindfulness. The study link is available here. I’ve made a short video blog about this you can view here.

Additionally, one of the study authors gave a great talk on this subject. In short, meditation doesn’t fix tinnitus per se, but it can dramatically reduce how negatively it affects your life.

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Chris Martin Tinnitus

Did you know that Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, suffers from tinnitus?

Martin started playing in a band while in middle school. As you may know, the band he later formed, Coldplay, went on to become world famous. By the time Martin was 25 years old, though, he had begun to experience headaches and ringing in his ears. Doctors warned him that his music career might be over if he didn’t protect his ears, so he now wears hearing protection when he plays with the band and attends concerts.

“Looking after your ears is … Continue Reading

AM101 Phase 3

AM101, a drug for treating the acute development of tinnitus, is entering Phase 3 clinical trials. 

Auris Medical today announced enrollment of the first patient into the TACTT21 clinical trial. This phase 3 trial will evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of intratympanic injections of AM-101 in the treatment of acute peripheral tinnitus following traumatic cochlear injury or otitis media. TACTT2 will enroll 330 patients at more than 60 sites primarily in the United States and Canada.

The initiation of the TACTT2 trial follows shortly after the start of TACTT3, its European counterpart. Both have been designed … Continue Reading