Brain noise

Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a neurological disorder of the auditory system, commonly described as ringing in the ear. The symptoms indicate biological dysfunction of nerve cells and the hearing system.

Tinnitus is related to hearing loss

Tinnitus is a common consequence of sensorineural hearing loss, or SNHL, which accounts for well over 90% of all hearing loss. Hearing loss is highly relevant to tinnitus because many, if not most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. SNHL is our specialty. ‘New’ tinnitus can often be cured; ‘old’ tinnitus cannot be cured. Soundbites may help whether your tinnitus is ‘new’ or ‘old’.

Soundbites can help manage tinnitus

Environmental noise exposure is accelerating hearing cell aging, and expected life spans are increasing too. Hearing loss and tinnitus among young people are happening more often and earlier in life and these disabilities are no longer reserved for older adults. But that doesn’t mean living with tinnitus is unmanageable. Evidence from doctors and customers indicates that Soundbites can help.

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Frequently asked questions

Noise exposure is the most common cause of tinnitus. Tinnitus often starts with exposure to high intensity noise. Common examples are loud music for a few hours at a live concert, or in your earbuds all day. 

Hearing loss from any cause is highly connected to tinnitus. Tinnitus is brain noise. The root cause is biologic injury or death of inner ear hearing nerve cells resulting in cognitive dysfunction within the brain’s auditory cortex. 

Anyone can get tinnitus at any age.

You’re hardly alone if you have tinnitus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about a third of the US population, or about 105 million people, suffer from tinnitus.

The CDC also estimates that 70% and 85% of people with hearing loss have tinnitus. Hearing loss often increases with age, so does the prevalence of tinnitus. But hearing loss data is far from perfect because historically, hearing loss has been viewed as an inevitable fact of aging, so collecting hearing data hasn’t been considered a health care priority. Consequently, we can’t rely on hearing loss data to give us an accurate picture of tinnitus, either.

The scientific evidence clearly indicates that the best way to reduce the risk of tinnitus is to prevent the hearing loss that often causes it. So although our roots are in biomedical research, which typically focuses on developing drugs for disease treatment, our focus is preventive care.

Soundbites is specifically designed to preserve hearing by preventing inner ear injury, especially from noise. Soundbites works by blocking the biochemical triggers that damage inner ear nerves and initiate tinnitus. We know of no other safe product of medical research designed to do what Soundbites does.

Coping with tinnitus symptoms is a separate issue. There are no prescription pharmaceuticals for preventing tinnitus, and no drugs for treating its symptoms, but doctors can prescribe anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, or sleeping aids that can help manage the psychological impacts of  tinnitus.

It turns out Soundbites can help manage tinnitus symptoms too, but in a different way. By blocking the biochemical triggers that damage hearing, Soundbites helps maintain or even improve inner ear health even when inner ear function has been previously compromised. For those with tinnitus, the way Soundbites works to preserve hearing also results in less intrusive levels of phantom sounds – the brain noise generated by the auditory cortex, called tinnitus.