Ringing in Your Ears? There’s an App for That.

Well, not exactly an app.  But this device may help millions of people with tinnitus, that persistent (and largely incurable) ringing in the ears.

My mother has tinnitus.  She has to have the radio on in order to drown out the ringing so she can fall asleep.  The side effect is that she spends far too much time listening to Coast to Coast with George Noory, which has convinced her that we’re all about to die in the coming Super Storm when the Earth’s polarity suddenly flips.

Maybe this device can help.  It looks like an iPod but instead of playing music, it plays frequencies tuned to the frequency of the patient’s tinnitus.  Used regulary over a period of several months, 75% of patients in the study found that the device eased their symptons.

It’s not cheap–it’s available in the UK for £4,000–but what’s the cost of a good night’s sleep?  Or your sanity?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Ringing in Your Ears? There’s an App for That.

  • March 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Alan. I have had tinnitus since my teens and I am so used to hearing the noise that it doesn't bother me. This device sounds interesting but it is out of my price range that I would not try it.


  • March 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I've had tinnitus since my teens as well. The only way I can fall asleep is to leave the cable box on one of the instrumental Galaxie stations and play it through a small boom box.
    The background music combined with the noise from my wife's CPAP machine allow me to fall asleep. Otherwise I'd never get to sleep.

  • March 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

    This is an actual condition? I thought it was AC DC at the Gardens in 1980.


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