RESOURCES

Notched music therapy

Website: http://www.audionotch.com/

AudioNotch is online software that creates custom sound therapy to treat tinnitus. Tailor-Made Notched Sound Therapy is a tinnitus treatment that lowers the volume of your tinnitus, and in doing so, reduces the pain and distress caused by the problem. There is no miracle tinnitus cure, however Tailor-Made notched sound therapy is a tinnitus treatment that can offer relief. It takes two forms: Tailor-Made Notched Music, or Tailor-Made Notched White Noise.

It is created by taking either music or "white noise", and removing sound energy—"notching it out"—at the same frequency of your tinnitus tone. It is believed to target the auditory neurons that cause your tinnitus, reducing their activity.

Sustained listening to this therapy lowers the volume of your tinnitus, alleviating the considerable suffering caused by this terrible illness. It is designed to be used as a long term treatment of the course of several months, but you are likely to notice a reduction in volume as quickly as several days into treatment.

Hearing aid

Website: https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/hearing-aids

Tinnitus is overwhelmingly connected to some level of hearing loss. Augmenting the reception and perception of external sounds can often provide relief from the internal sound ‘perception’ of tinnitus.

Most patients develop tinnitus as a symptom of hearing loss, caused either by age, long-term hearing damage, or acute trauma to the auditory system. According to the general scientific consensus, hearing loss causes less external sound stimuli to reach the brain. In response, the brain undergoes neuroplastic changes in how it processes different sound frequencies. Tinnitus is the product of these maladaptive neuroplastic changes.

Patients with hearing loss and tinnitus may find relief from the use of hearing aids and other sound amplification devices. Hearing aids are small electronic devices worn in or behind the ear. Using a microphone, amplifier, and speaker, hearing aids supplement the volume of outside noise and increase the amount of sound stimuli received and processed by the body’s auditory system.

In a 2007 survey of hearing health professionals, respondents self-reported that roughly 60% of their tinnitus patients experienced at least some relief when wearing hearing aids; roughly 22% patients found significant relief.

Self-administered sound therapy (masking, nature sounds)

Website: https://www.ata.org/managing-your-tinnitus/treatment-options/sound-therapies

Tinnitus is a non-auditory, internal sound. But patients can use real, external noise to counteract their perception and reaction to tinnitus. Sound masking can cover the sound of tinnitus, while more advanced therapies may provide more robust relief.

“Sound therapy” is a broad term that may be used in many ways, depending on the specific product, clinical setting, or individual clinician. In general, sound therapy means the use of external noise in order to alter a patient’s perception of, or reaction to, tinnitus. Like other tinnitus treatments, sound therapies do not cure the condition, but they may significantly lower the perceived burden and intensity of tinnitus.

Sound-based therapies function on four general mechanisms of action. (Mechanisms of action are the putative processes, or reasons why, a given intervention is effective.) Different products may emphasize a specific aspect, or include a combination of approaches:

  • Masking: exposing the patient to an external noise at a loud enough volume that it partially or completely covers the sound of their tinnitus
  • Distraction: using external sound to divert a patient’s attention from the sound of tinnitus
  • Habituation: helping the patient’s brain reclassify tinnitus as an unimportant sound that should can be consciously ignored
  • Neuromodulation: the use of specialized sound to minimize the neural hyperactivity thought to be the underlying cause of tinnitus

Meditation

Website: http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/meditating-with-tinnitus

If you suffer from tinnitus – persistent ringing in the ears – you may wonder whether meditation is a good idea. And yet it can be a powerful tool in helping you come to terms with the white noise inside your head. Meditator and long-time tinnitus sufferer Mandy Sutter airs some of the issues.

Tinnitus can make meditation very difficult. And because meditation is mostly silent, it may seem that meditation can make tinnitus very difficult, too.

It’s certainly true that as soon as you sit down on the cushion and close your eyes, the tinnitus seems to get louder. It isn’t really getting louder: it only seems that way because you are cutting down on other external stimuli. However, the thought that you’re making it ‘worse’ by meditating can be off-putting, if you let it go unchallenged.

Mindfulness

Website: http://www.mindful.org/toning-down-tinnitus/

Mindful meditation can help recondition the brain so that it comes to terms with tinnitus, say psychologists and hearing specialists working with the therapy.
The therapy works by training the brain to come to terms with the tinnitus, unlike other techniques that teach it to avoid the problem. The more the brain tries to fight the problem, the greater the arousal caused, the more it tunes into it. The meditation technique teaches patients to regularly stop and confront their thoughts and worries about the noise—and this appears to have the opposite effect. “Our aim is to help people acknowledge that they have the condition, that it won't cause them to lose their hearing and that what they can hear is actually harmless neuronal activity in the pathway from the ear to the brain,” says Jo Blaquiere, hearing therapist at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London, which has pioneered use of the mindful meditation therapy over the past two years. “It's not for everyone,” she adds, “but some people find it a powerful technique for coping.”

Chiropractic care

Website: http://www.thejoint.com/california/long-beach/stop-the-ringing-tinnitus-and-chiropractic-care-31029

Tinnitus is a symptom of injury to the upper cervical spine. The most important thing to remember about tinnitus is that it is a symptom, not a condition. This means that the problem is not your ears, but another part of your body. Many times, the tinnitus can stem from a subluxation in the back or spine. This simply means that there is a misalignment in the back.

Treating Tinnitus With Chiropractic

One study showed that a properly balanced head on the neck can stop or reduce the ringing in your ears. For many individuals, it takes several regular adjustments to find relief. Many also reported the ringing of their ears being manageable, even though still there, after just one adjustment.

Tinnitus cure eBooks

Website: http://www.amazon.com/Tinnitus-Miracle-Review-EBook-Download/dp/B00SPRWQWA

With the real Tinnitus Miracle system, tinnitus sufferers will actually find a real quick and full permanent cure from the tinnitus in just little as two months, with real noticeable relief true results within the one week. Additionally, real tinnitus related symptoms might such as mild of hearing loss and also dizziness will be relieved. And also because this program is actually holistic, you will actually also experience more energy.

TRT (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy)

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus_retraining_therapy

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a form of habituation therapy designed to help people who suffer from tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sound in the ears when no external sound is present. Two key components of TRT directly follow from the neurophysiological model of tinnitus. One of these principles includes directive counseling aimed at reclassification of tinnitus to a category of neutral signals, while the other includes sound therapy which is aimed at weakening tinnitus related neuronal activity.

The goal of TRT is management of tinnitus; there is no evidence that TRT can attenuate or eliminate tinnitus. The efficacy of TRT in reducing the distress of tinnitus has not been established.

In-ear maskers (not as part of TRT program)

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus_retraining_therapy

An alternative to TRT is tinnitus masking, the use of noise, music or other environmental sounds to obscure or mask the tinnitis, similar to the way flowery or other scents can be used to cover up bad odors. Hearing aids can provide a partial masking effect for the condition. Results from a review of tinnitus retraining therapy trials indicate that it may be a more effective treatment than tinnitus masking.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Website: http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/your-hearing/tinnitus/how-can-i-manage-my-tinnitus/what-therapies-are-available/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-tinnitus.aspx

  • it can teach you coping techniques to deal with negative feelings and distress, so your thoughts and feelings can become more positive
  • by changing how you think about tinnitus and what you do about it, your distress is reduced; you start to tolerate the noises and they eventually become less noticeable.