Sound from the ear reaches both sides of the brain. In general, the sound from your right ear gets transmitted to the left side of the brain primarily and some of it goes to the right side of the brain. For the left ear, the opposite is true (more goes to the right brain). With the slider, some sound will come through both ears and that is ok.
Sometimes, because of hearing loss that may be more significant in one ear compared to the other, you may hear the sound therapy in one ear only, but because sound information goes to both sides of the brain, it is ok.
We don't think that "notched" music will hold up long term if the study is repeated and peer reviewed by other research groups. Even the recent, high publicity study from Dallas used a sound stimulation at the tinnitus frequency (similar to ours) along with their electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in rats. Since its first publication, the notched tinnitus therapy has not been replicated. Our approach has been successful in 5 clinical studies we have performed.
Most patients get instant relief while listening to the therapy sound or the music/sound therapy mixed sound. However, for the neuroplastic changes to occur in the brain, it is generally a process of 3-6 months to get you to a point where the tinnitus sound will not be noticeable in daily activities unless you really think and concentrate hard on it. Combining the sound therapy with our internet based cognitive behavioral therapy will help improve your tinnitus even more.
We generally recommend that you listen to the sound therapy file or music mixed with the sound therapy file any time you hear the tinnitus. Our goal is to have the tinnitus under therapy sound any time it is bothersome. This will allow for faster improvement and reduce the emotional parts of the brain from developing connections with the parts that are producing the tinnitus sound.
The subscription includes unlimited access to the software that creates a sound therapy file based specifically on your tinnitus sound for the duration of the subscription. Many patients experience a change in the pitch of the tinnitus from time to time. This requires that the sound therapy file change because the tinnitus pitch has changed. The sound therapy and music therapy files can be downloaded on your computer or smartphone/MP3 and you can listen to it with headphones.
In addition, you get unlimited access to the music therapy part of the site for the duration of the subscription. This allows you to mix your own music with the sound therapy file. This way, you can listen to your favorite music while the sound therapy sound is working in the background. To keep the cost down you can use your own smartphone and headphones.
You should set the volume of the sound therapy file to the point where you don't hear the tinnitus or just barely hear it.
Generally, we recommend that you use it every time you have annoying tinnitus for at least 10-15 minutes. If after stopping the music or sound therapy file, you still have annoying tinnitus, we recommend you continue to use it.
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Our system does not have a series of beeps, but it is customized to your type of tinnitus. The algorithm we have developed is a result of a lot of research into what type of sound works best for each individual patient with various frequencies of tinnitus.
The sound therapy sound file sounds like the sound of rain but is completely different from white noise. Inside our sound files, certain sounds are buried that can affect the part of the brain where tinnitus is produced. You can also mix the therapy sound with any MP3 music file you want. The application works with MP4, WAV, OGG, among others. It does not work for every possible sound file. However, you can always stream the sound file from the website and play your music at the same time which in effect is a mix of the two. This way you can listen to your favorite music and the therapy sound is working in the background.
It is best to do the tinnitus match (target) for the more annoying tone. That generally is the higher frequency (pitch) one. The therapy file generally works for the target frequency and other frequencies that are mathematically related to the dominant one. We have found in many of our patients that the lower frequency one tends to reduce in intensity as well after the high frequency one has subsided in intensity. But sometimes you have to make 2 separate sound therapy or music therapy files for each type of tinnitus and use each when that tinnitus is more annoying.