Actual recordings of pleasant natural sounds have been enhanced through sophisticated digital manipulation to create specific "sound families" that are particularly effective.
It has been noted since the time of Ancient Rome that natural sounds are useful in assisting with habituation, ease, and relief for the auditory conditions of tinnitus and hyperacusis. One ancient prescription for tinnitus was to "go and stand by the sea".
Therapeutic use of sound has been used in modern times for the past 40 years as masking noise, tinnitus retraining therapy devices, and Neuromonics music therapy.
SoothEars™ is designed to be used as an additional comfort option for those who suffer from tinnitus and hyperacusis. It is not part of a clinical therapy program. It is easy to listen to the samples and select the programs that best suit your needs.
Downloading and purchasing is very simple as well, and saving the file to your own computer for your own use is advised. The file can be transferred into a personal listener like an iPod or MP3 player as desired. Please do not share these files with others but do feel free to direct others to this site to obtain their own SoothEars™ programs.
It is advised to use a volume that is comfortable to you, not too loud or overwhelming. It is also highly recommended that you begin the use of SoothEars™ in small increments of time, say, 15-20 minutes per day, and build up over time, if you suffer from hyperacusis or reactive tinnitus.
Be aware that you are completely responsible for the volume at which you set these SoothEar™ programs, and do take care to listen to these beautiful sounds at appropriate levels.
It is advised that you listen to SoothEars™ usng an open field ear piece or speaker and not a tightly fitting earphone or insertion earpiece. Soothears™ are meant to be listened to at the volume where the sounds just begin to mix in with the tinnitus, if present. This is known as the mixing point.
We hope you enjoy SoothEars™. There are options for the sound programs as well as a visual DVD option that will provide you with some of our beautiful wild nature here in the NW USA.
Thank you for purchasing SoothEars™ today! Please note, once you have purchased SoothEars™, there is no return possible due to the nature of a downloaded electronic proprietary file. Once you have purchased it and downloaded it, then you own it. We hope you love it and you will come back for more SoothEars™ as they are added to this site.
Dr. Marsha Johnson, Audiologist
DISCLAIMER: These sound files are not intended as a therapy protocol for tinnitus or hyperacusis, they are simply an aid for comfort and relief. The purchaser is responsible for the volume settings and duration of exposure to these files.
Evaluation test and masking therapy of subjective tinnitus Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, China.
OBJECTIVE: To undergo tinnitus evaluation test and masking therapy of subject tinntus associated with sensorineural hearing loss as a reference for diagnosis and guiding masking therapy.
METHODS: The 66 patients with subject tinnitus were diagnosed as sensorineural hearing loss. Sixty-six patients divide into three groups according to the results of pure tone audiometry, including steep drop type in 28 patients, slow drop type in 20 patients, and flat type in 18 patients. All the patients underwent tinnitus evaluation tests (pitch matching, intensity matching, tinnitus masking curves, residual inhibition) and masking therapy.
RESULTS: Tinnitus with steep drop type manifest was as low intensity [average intensity (5.7 +/- 2.9) dB (x(-) +/- s)] and high frequency (median with 4750 Hz). Residual inhibition was almost positive, but was usually consistent with convergence and congruence tinnitus masking curves. Masking therapy had better effect in the treatment of this type of tinnitus (effective rate 89.3%). Tinnitus with slow drop type manifest was as low intensity [average intensity: (6.2 +/- 4.8) dB] and high frequency (median: 4050 Hz). The distribution of residual inhibition and tinnitus masking curves had no obviously characteristics. The effective rate of masking therapy of this type of tinnitus (55.0%) was higher than tinnitus with flat type but low than that of tinnitus with steep drop type. The intensity of tinnitus with flat type [average intensity: (9.2 +/- 5.0) dB] was higher than that of the previous groups. The distribution of frequency of this type had no obviously characteristics. The residual inhibition was almost negative, and was usually consistent with divergence and persistence tinnitus masking curves. Masking therapy had unsatisfactory curative effect in the treatment of this type of tinnitus (effective rate 11.1%). The effective rate of masking therapy was significant differences among the three groups (chi(2) = 9.127, P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: For the tinnitus patients with steep drop type audiometric curve, they are recommended masking therapy. For the tinnitus patients with slow drop type audiometric curve, masking therapy may be attempted to perform. For the tinnitus patients with flat type audiometric curve, they do not recommend the masking therapy.