While there is no cure for tinnitus unless you suffer from pulsatile tinnitus which can be cured in some instances, most tinnitus sufferers usually deal with subjective tinnitus which is as hard to determine the cause of as it is to treat successfully. But even in cases of subjective tinnitus, there may be some methods that can offer relief and one of them is neuromonics. Here’s a look at how neuromonics tinnitus treatment can be used to silence the noises associated with this condition.
What is Neuromonics?
Neuromonics acoustic desensitization is a rather recent tinnitus treatment method in the US that implements acoustic therapy along with counseling. It was developed in Australia and is designed to help sufferers become less aware of tinnitus and less disturbed by the symptoms even when this treatment ceases.
Neuromonics tinnitus treatment does not eliminate tinnitus completely in most cases although there are exceptions. It simply enables you to be less consciously aware of tinnitus. One of the things that makes tinnitus worse which is understandable if you are dealing with constant noises in your ears, is the stress over tinnitus and not being able to take your mind off your symptoms which can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, sleeplessness, lack of concentration, drug dependence, restlessness, etc.
Neuromonics is designed to desensitize the sufferer to the various symptoms of tinnitus so that they can fully function day or night and not be as bothered by the sounds of tinnitus.
Neuromonics tinnitus treatment uses a small medical device known as the Neuromonics Processor which looks like a small mp3 player to transmit a series of acoustic stimuli through high quality earphones into the ears.
The acoustic stimuli are usually customized to each sufferer and take into account your hearing and the tinnitus symptoms you are dealing with. In addition to the medical devices used, there is ongoing personalized care, monitoring and education from the audiologist administering the treatment.
This is not a masking device or retraining therapy but is a comprehensive program that is designed to provide you with long-term relief from the symptoms of tinnitus with the help of an audiologist trained in tinnitus treatment.
This treatment is designed to promote new neural connections in the brain’s hearing and limbic system so that the tinnitus sounds are filtered out and the brain no longer recognizes these noises as bothersome.
With the use of music as treatment combined with counseling and periodic exposure to the tinnitus signal, you may become desensitized to the noises of tinnitus over a period of time.
How long does neuromonics tinnitus treatment last?
Depending on your type of tinnitus, this treatment generally lasts for about 6 months with daily treatment for about 3 hours a day.
How much does neuromonics tinnitus treatment last?
This treatment is not cheap but for many sufferers, they may be willing to do anything and pay any amount in order to obtain relief. On average though, this treatment costs about $4,000 to $5,000.
As previously mentioned, neuromonics tinnitus treatment does not completely eliminate the sounds although some test subjects did report the complete elimination of all tinnitus symptoms, but it should provide some relief from this condition that is still not so well understood. If the cost is out of your reach right now, there are many holistic treatments such as this that may work for you.