How Tinnitus Relief is Possible on Your Smartphone

New digital solutions help increase access to effective tinnitus care and relief.
Written by
Jana K. Hoffman
Reviewed by
Amy Schreiner, Ph.D.
Published on2 July 2024

Mind, body, and tinnitus symptoms

You may find it hard to believe, but research conducted over the last 20 years points to how your mind, body, and social environment interact with each other, which can affect how bothersome tinnitus feels1

Sounds others can’t hear —  like ringing, buzzing, and thumping — and the annoyance of tinnitus can rob you of sleep, disrupt your focus, and affect how you feel day after day. The effects of stress and missing out on important activities can also impact your tinnitus in ways you didn’t even realize.

Here’s the good news: when you make changes in one area (such as improving how you deal with difficult situations), you can experience changes in other areas (such as less bothersome tinnitus). While there’s still no cure for tinnitus — and the sounds may not go away — it is possible to manage the effects of tinnitus so you can get back to living life on your terms. There are new digital tinnitus management options that can help guide these changes. 

Relief from the distress of tinnitus via digital programs

Research studies have found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can reduce distress and improve the well-being of people who struggle with bothersome tinnitus2-4. CBT is a common method used to support the ability to tune out tinnitus (habituation) and empower people to manage tinnitus-related distress through skills and strategies.

This approach is recommended by professional organizations including the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat ear, nose, and throat conditions. That said, not everyone can access CBT due to cost and limited availability of providers — until now. Digital solutions help increase access to effective tinnitus care.

Benefits of digital tinnitus management programs

Now there’s hope and a digital solution designed specifically to help you find relief from the impact of tinnitus for the long term.

Effective digital tinnitus management programs are:

  • Personalized for you and designed to address the challenges you face through principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Evidence-based, rooted in decades of research, and studied in clinical trials 
  • Self-guided and direct you step-by-step through educational content that teaches skills known to provide relief from the impact of tinnitus
  • On your smartphone (Apple or Android device) so you can use the program when it’s convenient for you
Relaxation techniques can help reduce tinnitus triggers. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing
Relaxation techniques can help reduce tinnitus triggers. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing

How digital tinnitus programs work

Digital programs designed for tinnitus introduce new skills and techniques to support habituation by helping you change behaviors, adjust your mindset, and manage stress.

These skills and techniques may support you in:

  • Changing how you react, think, and feel about the effects of tinnitus.
  • Improving sleep hygiene and promoting more restful sleep and overall well-being.
  • Practicing relaxation and mindfulness exercises to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Helping you recognize and reshape unhelpful thought patterns associated with tinnitus.

Digital programs are becoming an essential part of a holistic approach to tinnitus care. They offer pathways to improved daily functioning and quality of life by addressing everyday factors that impact tinnitus.

Introducing Mahana Tinnitus

Mahana Tinnitus is an evidence-based, self-guided digital program that includes CBT-based skills to help you find relief from the impact of tinnitus. This program is now available on your smartphone through hearing healthcare providers — no prescription required.

Mahana Tinnitus is easy to use and cost conscious making it an accessible way to manage tinnitus. The step-by-step program is filled with interactive content and activities that take less than 10 minutes a day to complete.

The program covers key areas known to create challenges for people with tinnitus including:

  • Breaking the hidden stress cycle that can increase the impact of tinnitus.
  • Using sounds to cope and deal with tinnitus at night.
  • Trying new skills to address interference from tinnitus on daily activities, sleep, and lifestyle.

Plus, you can put learnings into action by unlocking a variety of skill-building tools — including breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, and digital journals — over the course of the program. Ongoing survey check-ins help you monitor and reflect on how you’re doing in the program. With consistent use, many people complete the program in about three months or less.

Receiving similar education, tools, and skill-building activities in person through a provider could take more than a year. In-person CBT could also cost more than 10 times the price of a digital program solution like Mahana Tinnitus.

Mahana Tinnitus, a step-by-step digital program for tinnitus. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing
Mahana Tinnitus, a step-by-step digital program for tinnitus. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing

Clinically studied and backed by evidence

Mahana Tinnitus was developed by leading tinnitus experts and is built on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Mahana Tinnitus was studied in a 97-participant clinical trial, one of the largest of its kind in the United States.

The results showed that 61% of participants reported a significant improvement in their Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) score after 6 weeks5. The TFI measures the impact of tinnitus on various areas of life such as sleep, concentration and focus, relaxation, hearing, and emotional distress6. These findings highlighted an overall reduction in the impact of tinnitus on quality of life.

Measured by the Tinnitus Visual Analog Scale, another validated assessment, significant improvements were also observed across:

  • Loudness
  • Annoyance
  • Distress
  • And coping

It’s important to address your tinnitus symptoms with a hearing healthcare provider before the condition progresses and has a greater impact on your quality of life. The sooner you learn to manage your tinnitus, the sooner you may experience relief for the long term.

Mahana Tinnitus is only available from hearing healthcare providers. To learn more about the program, schedule a free virtual consultation with a hearing healthcare provider or find a participating hearing healthcare provider near you.

References

  1. Dauman, N. et al. (2024). Psychological Models of Tinnitus. In: Schlee, W., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D., Vanneste, S., Kleinjung, T., Møller, A.R. (eds) Textbook of Tinnitus. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-35647-6_21
  2. Fuller, T., Cima, R., Langguth, B., Mazurek, B., Vlaeyen, J. W. S., & Hoare, D. J. (2020). Cognitive behavioural therapy for tinnitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020(1), Article CD012614. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012614.pub2
  3. Sweetow, R. (2000). Cognitive behavior therapy for tinnitus. Tinnitus handbook, 297-311. 
  4. Tunkel, D. E., Bauer, C. A., Sun, G. H., Rosenfeld, R. M., Chandrasekhar, S. S., Cunningham Jr, E. R., ... & Whamond, E. J. (2014). Clinical practice guideline: tinnitus. Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 151(2_suppl), S1-S40. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599814545325
  5. Data on file at Mahana Therapeutics.
  6. Meikle, M. B., Henry, J. A., Griest, S. E., Stewart, B. J., Abrams, H. B., McArdle, R., Myers, P. J., Newman, C. W., Sandridge, S., Turk, D. C., Folmer, R. L., Frederick, E. J., House, J. W., Jacobson, G. P., Kinney, S. E., Martin, W. H., Nagler, S. M., Reich, G. E., Searchfield, G., Sweetow, R., … Vernon, J. A. (2012). The tinnitus functional index: development of a new clinical measure for chronic, intrusive tinnitus. Ear and hearing, 33(2), 153–176. https://doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0b013e31822f67c0
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