Sequential sound therapy, which uses wide-band white noise distinguished by some unique characteristics, is applied in the treatment of tinnitus. Thirty-eight generators of sounds were adapted for use in this therapy and, of these, 34 incorporated an earphone. In patients with unilateral tinnitus, monaural adaptation was performed in the ear in which the patient suffered the tinnitus. Tinnitus treatment with sound therapy and stimulation. They generate a wide-band sound that can be adjusted to the user’s needs. The prevalence of tinnitus increases with age and noise exposure.2 According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), noise exposure is the largest attributed cause of tinnitus.
Narrow-band noise is often used in the tinnitus-masking therapy to quickly suppress the perception of tinnitus, and masking is achieved using sound generators, hearing devices or combined devices (masking and hearing device). Loudness levels of wide-band noise with signals in frequencies of 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 kHz were classified as 7 different categories: cannot hear’, very quiet’, quiet’, normal’, loud’, and very loud’. We provided behind-the-ear masking equipment to all patients in group I. Masking with a sound generator was performed on 10 ears, and combined devices were used on the other 8 ears. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 2003;36:307-320. A patient is often described as presenting with symptoms of either objective or subjective tinnitus. The sounds associated with somatic tinnitus (somatosounds) are most commonly pulsatile and may be heard by an observer either directly or through the use of a stethoscope or microphone. With TRT, sound is not intended to induce a sense of relief, but rather to create a background of sound to make the tinnitus less noticeable. Approximately 40 per cent of patients who present with tinnitus also complain of hyperacusis.
Tinnitus can sometimes be a rhythmical or pulsatile sound. People who report high levels of both occupational and recreational noise exposure are more likely to have tinnitus. Although the prevalence of tinnitus increases with increasing levels of hearing, approximately 20 of persons with tinnitus have normal hearing (Davis & El Rafaie, 2000 ), likely owing to areas of hair cell damage that are too small to be detected on a traditional hearing test (Jastrebof & Hazell, 2004). According to its website: The Serenade device consists of a handheld acoustic stimuli generator, earphones, and pleasant treatment sounds that are intended to address the underlying cause of tinnitus.