What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the term used to describe chronic ringing, buzzing or other noise in the ears. Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition.
In most cases, tinnitus is the brain’s sensorineural response to damage in auditory system. While tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, there are about 200 health conditions that can result in ringing or buzzing in the ears.
Treating the Cause of Tinnitus
The treatment for your particular tinnitus depends on the severity, accompanying issues like hearing loss and the impact the condition has on daily activities. Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss
- Depression or stress
- Exposure to loud noise
- Earwax blockages
- Head or neck injuries
In order to find the root cause of your tinnitus, your audiologist will conduct a complete medical history questionnaire and hearing evaluation.
What Tinnitus Treatments are Available?
Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, numerous treatments are available, including medical options as well as alternative therapies. A common treatment is sound therapy, which makes use of other noises to help the brain refocus and diminish the psychological impact of tinnitus.
The New Levo System
Otoharmonics’ Levo System uses an FDA-approved, neuroscience-based approach to deliver personalized sound therapy. This unique sound therapy treatment improves the lives of tinnitus sufferers while they sleep.
Unlike traditional sound generators or maskers, only the Levo System:
- Identifies the unique tinnitus sound of each individual
- Is designed for use during sleep when the brain is especially responsive to habituation
- Allows others to experience the sound their tinnitus sufferer lives with
- Integrates the Tinnitus Functional Index to measure and monitor tinnitus impact
- Has FDA clearance, CSA certification, CE mark and ISO 13485 2013 edition
- Tracks use and response to therapy using smart technology
- Uses custom ear buds and Apple digital devices
Through a series of activities, the precise sound of your tinnitus is identified, allowing you to understand and demonstrate to loved ones the condition 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.
The brain reorganizes itself while we rest. By selectively removing unnecessary information, our brain prioritizes stored and new information to foster learning and memory. As a result, new neural connections are created, rerouted and/or reduced to enable new problem solving and learning activities. The Levo System leverages the brain’s natural ability to diminish the effects of tinnitus over time, all while you sleep.
Exclusive Levo software enables tinnitus sufferers to listen to their personalized noise match on an Apple iPod touch. Custom ear buds, designed for comfortable wear during sleep, allow for controlled delivery of sound therapy. Patients can share their individual progress with their audiologist to determine any needed improvements.
Join Us for Our Tinnitus Treatment Event!
Harbor Audiology & Hearing Services proudly offers the Levo System to tinnitus sufferers. Join us at our Gig Harbor location for our Tinnitus Treatment Event on November 18th at 9:00am. We’re hosting a seminar with a representative from Otoharmonics, who will provide education, training and answer questions about the new Levo System.
Attendance is by appointment only! To reserve your spot, call (253) 203-6641 or fill out the signup form.
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