Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom described as persistent ringing in the ears. The ears may sense ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, whistling, hissing, or squealing. Usually triggered by noise-induced hearing loss, tinnitus is a medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom of a variety of health conditions, blood vessel disorders, and effects from medications. The most common causes of tinnitus are age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, earwax blockage in the ear canal, and abnormal bone growth in the ear. Less common causes include an inner ear disorder called Meniere's disease, stress and depression, head or neck injuries and a benign tumor of the cranial nerve called acoustic neuroma.
Blood vessel disorders that cause tinnitus include head and neck tumors, atherosclerosis (buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels), high blood pressure, turbulent blood flow, and a malformation of capillaries. Medications known to cause tinnitus include antibiotics, cancer treatments, diuretics, quinine and chloroquine for malaria, and aspirin.
What is Music-notch therapy?
Music-notch therapy is a scientifically proven new field of therapy that lowers the loudness of tinnitus leading to better quality of life. The concept is to remove sounds from around the frequency of your tinnitus tone.
Sustained listening to this therapy lowers the volume of tinnitus and the mechanism has been recently demonstrated and publish in one of the leading scientific journal in the world, Proceedings of National Academy of Science.
Listening to music using tailor-made notched sound therapy targets the auditory neurons next to the ones that produce tinnitus, wiring them, and doing so, reducing the activity of the neuron that produce ringing in the ears by lateral inhibition; a key feature in all brain sensory processing.
The success of music notch therapy is clear after several months, but many users usually notice a reduction in loudness of tinnitus after weeks.
TinnitusOFF is a software for Windows, iOS and Android that can offer partial, or total relief of tinnitus, based on Taylor-made music-notched listening.
TinnitusOFF is based on latest linear phase FIR and IIR filtration which, executed at a high sampling rate, enables the most natural and highest quality audio. Upon selecting the desired correction frequency and bandwidth in the self-diagnostic panel, our app automatically generates the inverted filter response.
Our interface is easy to use and offers great feedback in form of our stats screen.
How do I use TinnitusOFF ?
On the diagnostic screen, drag Your finger on smartphone’s screen or use our tuner on PC to find the frequency of your Tinnitus tone. When you feel that sound from Your device melds with Your own tinnitus tone, save it as Your actual frequency. It will be processed and used to create custom music-notch therapy.
Create a playlist with Your favorite music.
Listen to therapy for at least 1 hour daily. You will notice an improvement in your tinnitus after several days of treatment and the volume will be further reduced over time.
How often should I listen to music-notch therapy?
Try to use the app at least 1 hour daily. Successful results were demonstrated after listening of 2 hours daily during a period of 3 months.
Over the course of several weeks or months of listening to notched music, especially at the beginning of treatment, the frequency of your tinnitus will shift. This is normal, and may occur as a response to the treatment. As such, it is important to periodically check one’s tinnitus frequency by making a new profile to make sure that the “notch” lines up correctly with your, current, tinnitus frequency.
Are there risks of using TinnitusOFF?
In rare cases (in less than 5% of users), listening to Music notch therapy can temporarily increase the baseline volume of your tinnitus. This is temporary and reversible with cessation of therapy. It usually occurs due to incorrect detection of tinnitus frequency, listening to TinnitusOFF at an unsafe volume level, in “high sensitive” persons with tinnitus.
If it appears, just stop the treatment. The loudness of Your tinnitus will get back to it’s baseline level.