Volume 5, 2021
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Hearing, Audiology and Psychoacoustics|
|Published online||09 August 2021|
Customised enriched acoustic environment for sound therapy of tinnitus
Institute for Physical and Information Technologies (ITEFI), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Serrano 144, Madrid, P.O. Box 28006, Spain
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 20 July 2021
Tinnitus is an auditory disorder very difficult to treat. Whereas up until now there is not a “cure” for tinnitus, the most extended treatment combines counselling with sound therapy. When this sound is a broadband noise in the audio frequency band, this protocol is named tinnitus retraining therapy. Even though broadband noise was proposed at the beginning as the stimulus for sound therapy, many other sounds have been subsequently proposed and used, including tones, noise bands, music, and nature sounds. Although any sound, low enough to avoid annoyance, discomfort or hearing damage, is better than silence for tinnitus treatment, it is not still clear the relationship of the success of the therapy with the properties of the sound stimuli. The aim of this article is to propose an optimal sound treatment that provides a precise and selective stimulation of the whole auditory system. The proposed sound stimulus, Enriched Acoustic Environment, consists of sequential tones or broadband noise matched to the HL curves of the patients. The acoustical characteristics of these stimuli are analyzed and their positive effects in the treatment of subjects with tinnitus are reported.
Key words: Tinnitus / Hearing loss / Sound therapy / Enriched Acoustic Environment
© P. Cobo et al., Published by EDP Sciences, 2021
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