Tinnitus Treatment Options
Tinnitus is a persistent ringing in the ears that affects an estimated 1 out of every 5 people. It’s a nuisance, but rarely the sign of a serious condition. Its cause can vary, and may be the result of aging, noise exposure, infections, allergies, objects in the ear, or medications. In some patients, tinnitus is such a distraction it can interfere with quality of life. Depending on the cause, there may be a solution to help reduce the symptoms.
Tinnitus isn’t always treatable. In some cases, it’s irreversible; other times, it may disappear on its own.
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Treatment involves identifying the underlying cause and treating that condition when possible. Removing excess earwax, treating a vascular condition with medication or surgery, and changing your medication can all reduce or eliminate the problem.
Other times, noise suppression techniques work best. White noise can be used to suppress the sound enough that it is less of a nuisance. Electronic devices are commonly used to accomplish this; they include white noise machines that produce nature sounds such as rain or ocean waves, hearing aids, masking devices that are worn in the ear like hearing aids and produce low-level white noise, and tinnitus retraining devices that utilize programmed musical patterns at specific frequencies to redirect your attention away from tinnitus. Counseling is often recommended in conjunction with this type of device. Other low-cost solutions include running a fan, air-conditioner, or humidifier at night to help you sleep.
There are no drugs available to cure tinnitus, but some medications have proven effective in reducing symptoms. Certain antidepressants may work, and natural remedies like gingko biloba, zinc, and niacin have proven helpful in some patients, though research has not been able to prove the effectiveness of these treatments.
Ideally, prevention is your best bet, though tinnitus is often inescapable. It never hurts to wear ear protection whenever you’re exposed to loud noise. Keep the volume turned down to a reasonable volume, and avoid using cotton swabs in your ears as these can cause impacted earwax.
The Levo System for Tinnitus
User-friendly Levo software allows patients to listen to their personalized sound match on an Apple iPod touch®. Ear buds that are designed to ensure comfort during sleep allow for optimal positioning and controlled delivery of sound therapy.
Utilizing an FDA-cleared neuroscience-based approach, the Levo System is a personal and patented nightly sound therapy designed to improve the quality of your daily life.
Unlike traditional maskers and/or sound generators, only the Levo System:
- Is specifically designed for use during sleep when the brain is especially responsive to habituation
- Can identify the unique tinnitus sound of each individual
- Allows you to hear the sound the patient lives with
- Has FDA clearance, CE mark, CSA certification and ISO 13485 2013 Edition
- Tracks patient use and response to therapy using smart technology
- Exclusively integrates the Tinnitus Functional Index to measure and monitor tinnitus impact
- Uses custom ear buds & Apple digital devices
Through a series of interactive activities, the precise sounds of your tinnitus are identified, giving you the means to understand and demonstrate to others the sound you live with. This sound is unique to you and is used to create an individualized therapy for you to use at home while you sleep.
Like 'defragging' a computer’s hard drive, the brain efficiently reorganizes itself while we sleep. Selectively removing the unnecessary bits of information, our brain prioritizes new and stored information to lock in learning and memory. As a result, new neural connections are created, rerouted or reduced to make way for new learning and problem solving activities. By using the Levo System at night, patients leverage the brain's natural ability to diminish the effects of tinnitus over time.
User-friendly Levo software allows patients to listen to their personalized sound match on an Apple iPod touch®. Used nightly, patients can share their individual progress with their hearing professional to determine needed improvements over time.