Phonak Hearing Instruments has created a free App to help patients with tinnitus. The Tinnitus Balance App is designed to be part of a comprehensive treatment strategy for patients who struggle with the variety of noises generated by tinnitus.
Tinnitus impacts millions of individuals across the globe. The sounds it generates have been described as roaring, whooshing, clicking, and chirping, or white noise, pink noise, and tonal noise. Providing relief from the noises of tinnitus is one of the primary objectives of the audiologist. To do this, sound therapy is often used to "distract" the individual and lessen the perceived level of severity of the sounds of tinnitus. This is where Phonak's Tinnitus Balance App can be used effectively.
The Tinnitus Balance App enables the user to select sounds from a mobile device's music library. It also contains a list of default sounds divided into three categories: soothing, background, and interesting. The user can rate how well each sound provides relief or distraction from the noises generated by tinnitus and share this information with the audiologist or treating physician. The App also contains a timer that can be used when the individual is about to fall asleep.
For more information on Phonak's Tinnitus Balance App, click here.