The Tinnitus Specialist Blog
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SoundCure Serenade Switched Off This Ladys Tinnitus
Yesterday I saw a 24 year old lady, "E", for the second time regarding her tinnitus. She has been suffering tinnitus for nearly six months since a single visit to a nightclub. In the course of this time, although her hearing was normal, she had become more and more troubled by her tinnitus to the point where she would avoid noisy places, even aerobics classes, so as not to exacerbate her tinnitus. I have already commented on the dangers of the high noise levels in nightclubs - you can see that post here: Nightclubs high risk for recreational hearing damage and tinnitus. Read on to find out how her treatment went...
ENT Couldn't Help
She had already been to see two ENT doctors, and they had prescribed her medications which had no effect on the tinnitus.
When I saw E last week, she rated her tinnitus at 5 out of 10. We did some counselling and discussed the SoundCure Serenade treatment. Yesterday, she was ready to try out the treatment. Having had just over half a week to digest what we had previously discussed, she rated her tinnitus now at 4 out of 10.
The treatment protocol requires a hearing screening, then tinnitus pitch and loudness matching, and threshold measurement at the tinnitus pitch.
E's tinnitus pitch match was at 3.11kHz, and the volume of the tinnitus was 7dBSL (sensation level). E described her tinnitus as a hissing sound, like air coming out of a balloon.
The effect of the treatment tone was profound. The tinnitus just went - a state of perfect tinnitus relief. I turned the level of the treatment down to 2dBSL, and it still completely suppressed her tinnitus. That is way below the level any other kind of masking treatment would need to be set at in order to mask tinnitus. This was completely different. As the volume of the treatment tone was so much lower than the tinnitus, there is no way that it could have been masking the tinnitus. She couldn't hear the tinnitus at all, so it wasn't just distracting her from her tinnitus. This was a case of the patient's tinnitus being completely suppressed.
I turned the treatment presentation level down to 1dBSL, so that E would be able to hear her tinnitus as well as the treatment tone, and increase the tone level if she felt she needed complete tinnitus suppression.
Most people find that after several months of treatment, they can start to reduce how often they use the Serenade. Some people only need to use the device once a week, or at times when they are particularly tired or stressed.
Previously, people would need intensive counselling and/or sound therapy with white noise generators in order to acclimatise to their tinnitus, but the tinnitus would often still be there. There have been other, more sophisticated devices that try to provide a benefit over and above sound thereapy with white noise, but there is little to no evidence that they are any more effective than counselling and white noise generators.
Finally, courtesy of the researchers at UCI (University of California, Irvine), we have a research-based device that is clinically proven to suppress tinnitus to a greater or lesser level in the majority of people. E was one of a growing number of people who have experienced complete suppression of their tinnitus, thanks to the SoundCure Serenade.
We are the sole expert provider of SoundCure Serenade in Harley Street - you can't get Serenade anywhere else. As E's case has proven, you don't have to just have tonal tinnitus to benefit - you could be hearing a hissing, buzzing, whooshing or ringing sound, amongst others, and benefit from the tinnitus relief that SoundCure Serenade offers.