After Tinnitracks’ recent win at the 2015 SXSW Accelerator, there was quite a bit of hype about their tinnitus-treating smartphone app. US-based tinnitus-sufferers were understandably excited by the news.
Tinnitracks sounds like the real deal – the app is a registered medical product in Germany (see below) – and the software is based on years of neurophysiology and neuroacoustics research. We’d love to see some placebo-controlled studies on the app itself, but at this stage we can only *hope* their implementation works.
Tinnitracks is a medical product as defined in § 3 No. 1a of the German Medical Products Law (MPG) and is classified as a Class 1 medical product in accordance with Directive 93/42 (EEC), Annex IX, Rule 1. The CE seal for active medical products demonstrates conformity with the basic requirements of Directive 93/42 Annex 1 of the Council of the European Union.
Before getting too excited about the app’s availability, we should direct our attention to a recent statement (see comments) from Tinnitracks:
… at the very moment we offer the therapy option in Germany only […] We hope to be able to make an offer for customers outside of Germany in the future, including the US, once we have an FDA approval.
We’ll keep you up to date on any forthcoming studies on Tinnitracks’ effectiveness, and any updates on US availability. For now, you might want to look into Tinnitus Pro: Music Therapy ($9.99 in the App Store), which claims to have a very similar method to alleviating the symptoms of tinnitus.
For our readers who wish to learn more about tinnitus notch therapy, we recommend reading “A Critical Review Of The Evidence For Notched Sound Therapy As A Treatment For Tinnitus” from our friends at The Hearing Blog.
If you have any personal experience with Tinnitracks, or Tinnitus Pro, we’d love to hear your feedback. Please help others by entering your comments in the form below.
We received an email from Derrick with the Sensimetrics Corporation, who wrote “I think your readers may be interested in reading about some of the affordable treatment options already on the market.” Seeing that Derrick has done some additional research on the topic, we’ve decided to post an excerpt from his email here:
You already mentioned Tinnitus Pro in your Tinnitracks piece, but there is another (more expensive) sound notch therapy treatment presently available, aptly named “AudioNotch.” This one seems to be almost identical to what Tinnitracks claims to be.
AudioNotch ($8-20 per month)
There are also a great deal of low cost options for traditional sound therapy.
In the past, people have had to rely on extremely expensive devices to create the sounds needed for these therapies (see: http://www.tinnituslab.com/).
As I am sure you are well aware, tinnitus is different for everyone, what works well for one patient might provide no relief for another, which is why being able to try out low-cost options is so important, and why utilizing several different forms of sound therapy is useful. Luckily, the age of smart phones has made this a possibility.
Sensimetrics’ app for tinnitus relief is called ‘Whist’. It allows users to create sounds and use them for the sound therapies (specifically masking, low-level stimulation, and residual inhibition).
More information can be found on Whist and these sound therapies can be found here.
Whist – Tinnitus Relief (iOS, coming soon to Android) $1.99 or Free with ads
We looked into Whist, and it does look interesting. Here’s a video showing a preview of the app:
We’d love to hear your feedback. If you use Whist to help with your tinnitus, please provide feedback below!
Last modified: July 25, 2015