Do you suffer from Tinnitus, commonly referred to as ringing in the ears? A recently published study shows HyperSound Clear™ 500P provides significant relief of tinnitus while listening to HyperSound1
A recent study assessed whether HyperSound’s high frequency directed audio, using ultrasound technology, reduces the perception of tinnitus.
Patients: Eleven adult patients with chronic, non-pulsatile tinnitus. Four subjects had unilateral chronic tinnitus and seven patients had bilateral chronic tinnitus.
Results: Highly significant reduction in tinnitus loudness and annoyance was observed in all subjects during exposure to a customized acoustic stimulus delivered with high frequency directed audio. The mean VAS-L scores decreased by 61% from a pre-exposure mean score of 59.6 to a post-exposure mean score of 23.5 (p=0.000053). The mean VAS-A scores decreased by 54% from a pre-exposure mean score of 64.3 to a post-exposure mean score of 29.5 (p=0.000068).
Conclusions: Delivery of a customized acoustic stimulus via high frequency directed audio using ultrasound technology demonstrates dramatic reduction in tinnitus loudness and annoyance during exposure to the stimulus. This technology may have significant implication for management of chronic, non-pulsatile tinnitus.
Features and Benefits of HyperSound Clear™ 500P with the Tinnitus Relief Feature:
- Separate TV listening and tinnitus relief features in one unit
- Customizable by a hearing healthcare professional to specific hearing profile and tinnitus masking sound preference
- No headset or wearable required
- Relief feature offers 9 soothing sounds including Stream, Rain, Wind, Fan, Shower, Forest, Waves, White Noise and Brown Noise that can be tuned for tinnitus management
FDA 510(k) Clearance2:
The HyperSound Tinnitus Module is indicated for patient home use in the temporary relief of tinnitus symptoms. The device is available in HyperSound Clear™ 500P audio systems to generate and deliver personalized sound output to tinnitus patients with or without hearing loss and with or without hearing aids. Any fitting of the device must be done by a hearing care professional. The target population is primarily adults (18 years or older).
As part of the prescription activation, a Tinnitus EQ setting is programmed to fit a patient’s hearing loss and to shape tinnitus frequency output. Relief sound options include white noise, brown noise and nature sounds.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus, as described by the American Tinnitus Association, is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking.
Affecting millions of Americans, tinnitus is one of the most common health conditions in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 15% of the general public – over 50 million Americans – experience some form of tinnitus, with approximately 20 million struggling with chronic tinnitus, and 2 million living with extreme and debilitating cases.3
What Causes Tinnitus?
Some of the underlying conditions which have been reported to cause tinnitus include: exposure to loud sounds, diabetes, hypertension, TMJ, hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, head trauma, ear wax, certain medications, substance abuse.
Once an evaluation from an otolaryngologist has ruled out an underlying medical condition, a tinnitus evaluation is often conducted by an audiologist. The main goal of the comprehensive tinnitus evaluation is to help the patient manage his or her reaction to the tinnitus. The two main components of this evaluation are the measurement of the physical and the psychological dimensions of the tinnitus. Once the tinnitus has been measured, the primary objective is to make the tinnitus less annoying by selecting appropriate treatment options.
Although there is currently no scientifically validated cure for most types of tinnitus, there are treatment options that can ease the burden of tinnitus, allowing patients to live more comfortable, productive lives.
Standard treatment approaches are highly individualized and usually involve an explanation of the situation (including both the possible cause of the tinnitus and an explanation of the associated distress or annoyance), sound therapy (either hearing aids or sound generators), and, when needed, intervention to reduce the distress (relaxation therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or both).
Sound therapy uses real, external noise to counteract the perception and reaction to tinnitus since it is a non-auditory, internal sound. One sound-based therapy option is masking. Masking can cover the sound of tinnitus by exposing the patient to an external noise at a loud enough volume that it partially or completely covers the sound of tinnitus. The noise generated by sound devices or applications can provide relaxation and temporary relief from the condition.
If sound therapy is recommended, there are two general types to consider. One is a hearing aid, while the other is placed on a table or nightstand with nothing worn in the ear. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, which can be discussed with the audiologist. Sometimes both types of devices are recommended.
Both types of devices can mask the sound of tinnitus. Hearing aids can augment the volume of external noise to the point that it covers tinnitus. This makes it more difficult to consciously perceive tinnitus and helps the brain focus on outside, ambient noises. The masking impact of hearing aids is particularly strong for patients who have hearing loss in the same frequency range as their tinnitus. Many hearing aids now come with integrated sound generation technology that delivers white noise or customized sounds to the patient on an ongoing basis.
The “traditional” sound masker is a single-function table-top or bedside device with several pre-set sound options. In general, the most effective masking sounds are those that elicit a positive emotional response from the patient.
All of the above require the patient to talk openly to a specialist about the tinnitus symptoms, triggers, concerns, fears, etc.
1 Mehta, R., Mattson, S., & Kappus, B. (2016, September). Treatment of Tinnitus Using a Customized, Ultrasonic Acoustic Stimulus Delivered via the HyperSound Audio System. Audiology Online, Article 18261. Retrieved from http://www.audiologyonline.com (11 subjects achieved significant reduction in tinnitus loudness and annoyance on validated scale). Dr. Mehta and Dr. Mattson are paid consultants for Turtle Beach Corporation. Dr. Kappus is an employee of Turtle Beach Corporation.
2 Compliance with 510(k) premarket notification and clearance does not denote official approval of the device by the FDA nor evidence safety for any specific use.