Tinnitus is a condition that usually affects people who are regularly exposed to noise noises, such as musicians, people who work with heavy machinery and military veterans. Recent statistics suggest that it affects one in ten adults, and although it is usually distinguished by ringing in the ears, it can also have more serious consequences, such as insomnia, anxiety and depression. The condition still has no known cure, but a new form of technology known as the Levo system could offer hope to patients who have suffered from tinnitus and its symptoms for a long time.
According to a report from CBS News the idea behind the new technology is to accustom tinnitus patients to the sounds associated with their condition. The system produces a simulated version of how the patient's tinnitus sounds, in which they are asked to listen to the sounds on an iPod while they sleep, during a period of 90 consecutive nights. As a person's brain is more flexible while they sleep, the researchers behind the technology believe that patients who use Levo will get used to the ringing noises.
"It's very difficult to say that you're going to be able to make the sound disappear completely," said Dr. Yu-Ting Wong of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in an interview with CBS News .
"What you're trying to do with most therapies for tinnitus is make it sound more tolerable."
As explained in a press release published last week by Flagstaff Business News previous solutions had to be used during the day and could not match tinnitus noises. In addition to working while patients sleep at night, the Levo system stands out because each system is customized according to the needs of the patient, as audiologists collaborate closely with those suffering from tinnitus and use "noise generators" in Levo software to create an adequate noise profile. Users can make adjustments in the volume of noises they need blocked, with these changes tracked on a chart to monitor the progress of the patient.
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Talking on CBS News tinnitus patient Nick Stein recounted how he had tried several solutions, including the use of a ventilator while asleep, and blocked the call noises with a machine that produced soothing sounds, to deal with his problem, but to no avail. He gave credit to the Levo system for reducing call sounds by "50 percent," while improving his well-being in many other ways. Stein added that he can now go for several days with hardly any noticeable symptoms of tinnitus.
"My mood has improved, my approach has improved," Stein said.
The Levo system is a product approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as noted in the report CBS News and the Flagstaff Business News release. Levo packages cost between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000, depending on the location of the buyer, with the price covering specialized system hearing aids or hearing aids, various stages of the configuration process and the device itself.