Customized web-based sound therapy for tinnitus
International Tinnitus Journal
Traditional masking efforts have presented broadband noises, most typically white noise. Targeted (customized) sound therapies have been introduced to overcome the limitations of traditional maskers. To evaluate the efficacy of a web-based delivery of customized sound therapy in reducing tinnitus loudness and increasing the residual inhibition. Thirty-two subjects matched their tinnitus frequency using a web-based protocol. A customized Harmonic Sound Therapy file was produced by the web-based
... oftware and downloaded by the patient onto an MP3 player. The subjects listened to the sound file for one hour. Tinnitus loudness mean was 6.0 ± 2.3 standard deviation (SD) which decreased to 3.3 ± 1.9 SD after one hour of sound therapy. Some reduction in loudness was seen in 81%, while 72% experienced a reduction of 25% or more. Tinnitus annoyance decreased from an average of 6.1 ± 2.6 SD to 3.1 ± 2.0 SD. Median duration of residual inhibition was 32.5 minutes, with an average of 75 minutes ± 132 SD. Customized sound therapy can be delivered via the internet. Harmonic Sound Therapy is effective in reducing the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus.