‘Tinnitus breakthrough as sound app could train the brain to tune out noises in your head’

The debilitating impact of tinnitus can be improved in just weeks via a life-changing smartphone app that could help patients to simply tune out the noises in their head

Tinnitus can be a debilitating condition(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Last week I answered a reader’s letter about a new treatment for tinnitus, but I feel I should ­expand on it. It can be quite a common, and frustrating, complaint as we get older.

When I used to ask my dad how he was, he’d answer: “Fine, except for these noises in my head.”

And now I have them too.

Tinnitus affects up to one in four people, mostly older adults. It can be life-changing, affecting hearing, mood, concentration, sleep and in severe cases causes anxiety and depression.

The noise is irritating and intrusive and can’t be switched off. The brain focuses on it insistently, forcing us to pay attention to it.

There was precious little effective treatment for my dad but there’s a new app that gives hope to today’s sufferers.

An international team from Australia, New Zealand, France and Belgium has shown the debilitating impact of tinnitus can be improved in just weeks via a smartphone app.

The app is called MindEar and people can trial it for themselves on their smartphone.


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