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This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
‘tinnitus help’ - eight programs in one.
The ultimate application for tinnitus sufferers.
Only naturally produced sounds of musical instruments and sounds of Mother Nature - no synthesizers!
Developed by an expert software engineer in the field of frequency analysis and a leading music psychologist, music therapist and hearing therapist with more than 20 years’ experience in the treatment of tinnitus sufferers.
Used very successfully in the treatment of tinnitus.
‘tinnitus help’ contains a broad range of functions but operating it is child’s play:
1. Accurate analysis of your tinnitus
2. Tinnitus masker and noiser
3. Reprogramming your auditory cortex
4. Stimulating your central auditory perception
Helping you to
8. fall asleep
This is how it works:
‘tinnitus help’ utilizes the fact that the same brain activities that enable us to perceive auditory stimuli, i.e. real sounds, also cause the perception of the tinnitus sound. Thus ‘tinnitus help’ is able to intervene in central auditory processes. ‘tinnitus help’ forms an image of your individual tinnitus frequency (up to 20.000 Hz) and offers you the option to mix this frequency with pleasant sounds or music. This means that ‘tinnitus help’ can assist you to change the way you perceive your tinnitus sound by letting it gradually fade into the background. Regular listening to your individual ‘tinnitus help’ setting will enable you to learn how to increasingly fade out the sound in your ear and eventually ignore it. Experts call this “habituation”.
Establish your individual tinnitus frequency by using the slide switch. It does not matter if it is the left or the right ear that is affected or both. Are you suffering from tinnitus sounds that rise and fall? Or cricket like sounds? Or red noise? You can mix all additional sounds to your tinnitus frequency, thereby optimizing your tinnitus profile.
Choose a pleasing sound and add it to your tinnitus profile. Using this combination, you will feel your tinnitus gradually fading into the background. What you are experiencing is the effect of defocusing. You have now created your own individual, perfect tinnitus masker, which you can call up any time anywhere. Set the time on how long you want your program to run for and use your tinnitus setting as masker to help you relax and to fall asleep.
Influence the activity of your auditory cortex. The area in which your tinnitus frequency is located will be especially active and, depending on how frequently and how intensely you pay attention to your tinnitus, this area will spread like an ink stain on a piece of blotting paper. However, you can restrict the growth of this area by adding one of the pieces of music on offer to your setting. The music has been especially written for tinnitus sufferers. All pieces of music are produced naturally on musical instruments; no synthesizers are used. The association “I am hearing pleasing sounds or music” will at first be stored in the hippocampus, our memory centre. If the experience is repeated by using ‘tinnitus help’, the hippocampus works like a trainer for your cerebral cortex. It will repeatedly offer the stored information to the cerebral cortex, resulting in the new input being learnt and new programs etched into the auditory cortex. Regularly recurring musical structures act like a massage on certain areas of the brain. Where tinnitus is present, this will be experienced as a negative effect. However, you can turn this to your advantage by calling up your very own personalised music in your head. Retrieve it whenever you need it, influence your perception processes and learn to set up the reprogramming of your central auditory pathway. In general the tinnitus has the same frequency as the peak in your hearing loss. So use ‘tinnitus help’ to stimulate your auditory cortex and to support your hearing.
What's New in Version 2.02
Update for 64-bit devices, recommended for iOS 10 and later.
Shaky Science, Good Masking, Awful UI
Edited Review: My tinnitus has gotten noticeably worse since I began using this app a month ago; it’s impossible to demonstrate correlation, of course. I used it as per the directions
The masking features (described below) still work well however; so I’m lowering my rating from three stars to two.
My original review:
The science of tinnitus suppression through audio restimulus is pretty shaky and inconclusive. Do not, therefore, hope for a cure from any of these sound-based apps or other products.
But Tinnitus Help has some good masking features that I’ve found temporarily mask my worst rounds with tinnitus. Some of the benefits have lasted for as long as an hour after “treatment.”
The user interface (UI) is awful, and the directions are barely in English. Here are a few tricks: the first few steps are about mimicking the sound of your tinnitus. Set those parameters to a low volume, but they should be audible. I found that takes quite a while to get right, but it makes a difference.
Then you’re supposed to add masking: you can choose from a few nature sounds. Set the volume so that you can just barely hear the tinnitus sound that you set up earlier.
Next you add your music. The pre-programmer stuff works best for me.