Tinnitus is a condition that generally affects people who are regularly exposed to loud noises, such as musicians, people who work with heavy machinery, and military veterans. Recent statistics suggest that it affects about one in ten adults, and while it generally differentiates by ringing in the ears, it can also lead to more serious consequences such as insomnia, anxiety and depression. The condition still has no cure, but a new form of technology, the so-called levo system, could give hope to patients who have suffered from tinnitus and its symptoms for a long time.
According to a report by CBS News The idea behind the new technology is to accustom tinnitus patients to the noises associated with their condition. The system generates a simulated version of how a patient's tinnitus sounds, after which it is asked to hear the sounds on an iPod during sleep for a period of 90 consecutive nights. Because a person's brain is more flexible in their sleep, researchers behind the technology believe that patients using levo will get used to ringing sounds.
"It is very difficult to say that you will be able to make that tone disappear completely," Dr. Yu-Ting Wong of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in an interview with CBS News .
"What you are trying to do with most tinnitus therapies will make you sound more bearable."
As published in a press release by Flagstaff Business News last week, earlier solutions had to be worn during the day unable to compare tinnitus sounds as accurately. In addition to working during the night, the Levo system sleeps as each system is tailored to the needs of the patient as audiologists work closely with tinnitus patients and use noise makers in the Levo software to create an appropriate noise profile. Users can make adjustments to the volume of the sounds they need to block, tracking those changes in a graph to monitor the progress of the patient.
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Speaking with CBS News tinnitus patient Nick Stein told how he had tried several solutions, including a fan during sleep, and ringing with a machine that made a relaxing noise blocked to cope with his condition, but to no avail. He attributed to the Levo system that he had reduced the ringing noise by "50 percent" while improving his well-being in several other ways. Stein added that he can now spend several days with barely noticeable tinnitus symptoms.
"My mood has improved, my focus has improved," Stein said.
The levo system is a product approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as reported in the CBS News and the Flagstaff Business News . Levo packages cost between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000, depending on the buyer's location, with the price covering the system's special headphones or earphones, various stages of setup, and the device itself.