Who doesn’t enjoy a little peace and quiet every now and then? For people with a condition known as tinnitus that peace can be elusive. Tinnitus is a perceived ringing whooshing or whistling sound experienced in the ear. Most of us have experienced it briefly but for some that sound is constant, so much so that it is difficult to ignore.
Tinnitus is caused by many things: head and neck trauma, damage to the middle or inner ear, even medications. In 4 out of 5 cases there is an associated hearing loss. It’s not fully understood what makes the ringing sound within the head, but it clearly is a disturbance for those that experience it regularly.
Fortunately extensive research at the University of California, Irvine led to a major treatment advance. A low pulse tone, softer than the tinnitus itself was introduced to tinnitus sufferers. The patients reported relief in a matter of minutes (these are people who hadn’t found any relief in years). This S-tone therapy led to the development of Serenade from SoundCure.
The Serenade is a small, hand held device about the size of a smart phone or personal music player. The device is programmed for the individual wearer to provide a series of therapies that break the tinnitus noise cycle or assist in sleeping. What’s remarkable is that patient’s with acute symptoms often experience relief in mere moments.
The Serenade is used regularly as part of a long-term tinnitus treatment plan. While the ringing never goes away, the tinnitus sound therapy allows sufferers to take their mind off the unwanted sounds so that they can focus on tasks or experience a little peace.
If you or someone close to you is bothered by tinnitus, contact us for a thorough evaluation. We can discuss treatment options including Serenade tinnitus sound therapy.