Neuromonics was developed at Curtin University, Western Australia in the 1990’s and has since been approved for sale in many countries around the world. Thousands of patients have been successfully treated with the Neuromonics program, which offers relief from their tinnitus symptoms as it targets the underlying cause of disturbing tinnitus.
Whilst there are numerous causes of tinnitus it is widely accepted that there are neurological changes which occur at the brain level that are responsible for the heightened awareness and subsequently increased disturbance from the tinnitus signal. The three areas that significantly contribute to tinnitus disturbance are: perception, attention and emotional.
Hearing loss or auditory system damage result in a change in neural activity (nerve impulses). This increased neural activity is perceived as sound
Filters within the sub-cortical areas of the brain are designed to identify patterns of neural activity, and tinnitus is targeted as a significant sound which is then prioritised and then brought to the conscious perception.
When we are then aware of the tinnitus signal which we know is “in the head” there is a negative association with this sound which increases the activity of the Autonomic Nervous System which causes the ‘fight or flight’ response. This leads to increased disturbance and the subsequent activation of the Limbic system which is responsible for our emotional reaction. As such, a vicious cycle is activated whereas, we become more aware and disturbed by the tinnitus and as a result we hear it more (perception not volume) and we become more distressed and so on.
The good news is that the Neuromonics Tinnitus Program breaks this cycle and it is designed to target each of these three areas to significantly reduce the tinnitus awareness and disturbance.
What is the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment
The Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment comprimises of customised sound therapy delivered via a convenient and easy to use MP3 style player. In addition to the sound therapy, there are scheduled support consultations to assist you through the program and to ensure your progress is satisfactory.
What is unique about the Neuromonics sound stimulus?
The sound therapy is a music based therapy which uses both classical music tracks and relaxing environmental tracks. Each device carries up to 4 hours of listening. Each track is specifically customised to your hearing and tinnitus pitch results. That is, Neuromonics uses a patented algorithm which manipulates the frequency spectrum of the music tracks that specifically targets the tinnitus pitch. What this means is that the patient can use the sound therapy at very low volumes (just above their threshold of hearing in many cases) to significantly reduce the tinnitus awareness.
The reduced tinnitus awareness then allows for neurological changes to occur and break the tinnitus cycle of disturbance
Does it work/Success rate
There are now numerous clinical trials (including many independent studies) which have proven the success of the Neuromonics program. If we were to average the success rate over all the clinical trials in the last 10 years, the success rate of the program is currently 83% (see below for specific references). What this means is that 83% of patients achieve a clinically significant reduction in their tinnitus disturbance.
We also know that these improvements are maintained in the long term, with clinical studies showing sustained improvements 2-3 years after completion of the treatment (Tavora-Vieira et al, 2011; Wazen et al, 2011)
How to get Tinnitus Relief Today?
Simply call Focus Hearing on (02) 8402 1202 to arrange a full tinnitus assessment (click here for more information on the assessment process) which will determine if you are a suitable candidate for the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment program. If not, there are other options we will discuss with you on the day.
Tavora-Vieira, D., Eikelboom, R., Ivey, G., and Miller, S. (2011). A Multi-Centre Study on the Long term Benefits of Tinnitus Management Using the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment. International Tinnitus Journal, 2011; 16(2):111-117
Wazen, J.J., Daugherty, J., Pinsky, K., Newman, C.W., Sandridge, S., Battista, R., Ramos, P., and Luxford, W. (2011). Evaluation of a Customized Acoustical Stimulus System in the Treatment of Chronic Tinnitus. Otology & Neurotology, 32:710-716.
Davis PB, Wilde RA, Steed LG, Hanley PJ. Treatment of tinnitus with a customized acoustic neural stimulus: A controlled clinical study. Ear Nose Throat J 2008;87:330-9.
Davis PB, Paki B, Hanley PJ. The neuromonics tinnitus treatment: third clinical trial. Ear Hear 2007;28:242-59.
Hanley PJ, Davis PB, Paki B, Quinn SA, Bellekom SR. Treatment of tinnitus with a customized, dynamic acoustic neural stimulus: clinical outcomes in general private practice. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2008;117:791-9.
Hanley PJ, Davis PB. Treatment of tinnitus with a customized, dynamic acoustic neural stimulus: underlying principles and clinical efficacy. Trends Amplif 2008;12:210-22.