New Hope for People Living With Tinnitus
Scientists find that a reduction in tinnitus intensity using the Levo System significantly improves quality of life for patients.
For one in five Americans, tinnitus, or ‘ringing in the ears’, can have a substantial impact on their quality of life. From anxiety to sleep disturbance, the effects of tinnitus can reach into every aspect of a sufferer’s wellbeing. A new peer-reviewed study published in the latest International Journal of Audiology suggests a new method to reduce tinnitus symptoms may improve the daily outlook for many.
After completing a sound match using the Levo System to reproduce the unique characteristics of their tinnitus perception, custom therapy was created for each patient in the study. Using proprietary software on Apple iPod touch mobile digital devices, patients listened to their personal sound therapy nightly while sleeping. Leveraging smart technology, the Levo System tracked changes in tinnitus intensity and measured patient’s response to therapy over a three-month period of time.
The average reduction in tinnitus intensity among patients in the study was 14.1 dB SPL which equates to a 62% reduction in perceived sound. This reduction in tinnitus intensity showed positive and statistically significant change in each patient’s quality of life according to outcomes using three industry-standard tinnitus evaluations – the Tinnitus Functional Index, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire.
Full results of the study Impact of Reduction of Tinnitus Intensity on Patients’ Quality of Life can be found in the International Journal of Audiology’s September 2015 issue.