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This section copies the text block shown by the iPhone/iPod/iPad when pressing the button 'Operation'.
HOW TO USE TINNITUS HELP
1. Put on your headphones
2. Click on “Start”
3. Select the tinnitus frequency that matches your left ear, your right ear or both ears
4. Set the volume so that your tinnitus is just covered, taking care that the frequency is not too loud. It should only be heard softly in the background. If you have difficulties finding your tinnitus frequency this will probably be because the tinnitus reflects the range of your hearing loss, i.e. a frequency range that is difficult to hear for you. This is a common occurrence. If this happens, don’t give up, stay with this frequency even if you can hardly hear it. Your auditory cortex will be stimulated nevertheless, that will encourage your auditory perception.
5. Do you hear your tinnitus sound oscillating or fluctuating? Or at different noise levels or different pitches? Then use the set up variations in volume, vibrato and tremolo.
6. If you hear a hissing, roaring or chirping noise sound in addition to your tinnitus, select that sound too and set it to the same volume.
7. You have now set up your tinnitus profile and you can check under “settings”.
8. Mix your chosen tinnitus profile with a pleasing additional sound (trickling water, summer rain, bird song etc.) and start the process of masking. Your tinnitus will move more and more into the background and becomes thereby less and less obvious.
9. Would you like to add music to your tinnitus setting? If you do, select a pleasing piece for “reprogramming”. Please read below what you have to notice when listening to music.
10. On the screen “setting” you will see all information concerning your personal tinnitus profile at a glance. In the bottom third of the screen you will see the masking sound that you have chosen or the piece of music you have selected for reprogramming.
11. On the screen “setting” save your personal tinnitus profile and your ‘tinnitus help’ mix by using the “save” button and access it wherever you are and whenever you need it. Do you want to make changes to your profile or your mix? Go back to “start” and – by using the buttons, select what you would like to change. Do you want to create an entirely new profile? You can do this via the homepage. Click on “new” and you can create a new mix. Alternatively, you can reach the homepage by selecting “setting” “reload” and “back”. You can create a new profile by clicking on “start” in the top right-hand corner.
12. Do you still hear your tinnitus whilst using your personal tinnitus setting? Don’t be tempted, don’t turn your profile louder, but go back to “start” and choose a different tinnitus frequency. This new frequency needs to be very similar to the one you selected previously. Mix this frequency with a pleasing sound as a diversion from your tinnitus.
13. Use your personal tinnitus setting at least for 15 minutes each day.
14. When you are on edge and very stressed, you can use the program up to 2 hours. However, only do this if you have mixed your tinnitus profile with pleasing music.
Hint: Press the (L+R) button for settings that are identical for both ears. When L+R has been set, the slide switches will automatically move simultaneously.
TINNITUS HELP WITH MUSIC
Only use this function if you find yourself in a relaxing environment - free from any disturbances. It will have the best effect if you can lie down and relax your whole body. This is how it is done:
1. Select one of the three pieces of music on offer and mix it with your personal tinnitus profile. When music is added, your individual tinnitus setting should be barely perceptible. The music is now playing the leading role.
2. Once you have chosen a piece of music you should initially stay with this piece for at least a fortnight. This is necessary to achieve a reprogramming of the brain (see “Why can ‘tinnitus help’ relieve the effect of noises in your ear?”).
Another hint: Many tinnitus sufferers complain about a hearing loss in the high frequency range. Highs (treble) and lows (bass) can be adjusted by selecting “settings > ipod (when using an iphone) > music > equalizer”. Click onto “more treble” and, if needed, “less bass”. This will help you to train your auditory perception and counteract your hearing impairment.
“WHY CAN ‘TINNITUS HELP’ RELIEVE THE EFFECT OF NOISES IN YOUR EAR?
‘Tinnitus help’ is a program that has been developed over the last five years whilst working with tinnitus patients. sufferers. It has been established and Experience has shown that indeed it can really can be used to achieve changes in the ear change subjective hearing and in a person’s the auditory perception. This will have a positive effect on the sufferer’s physical as well as mental condition.
‘tinnitus help’ utilizes the fact that the same brain activities that enable us to perceive auditory stimuli, i.e. real sounds, also cause the perception of the tinnitus sound in the ear or head. Thus ‘tinnitus help’ is able to intervene in all central auditory processes. ‘tinnitus help’ reflects forms an image of your individual tinnitus frequency and offers you the option to mix this frequency with pleasant sounds or even music. This means that ‘tinnitus help’ can assist you to change the way you perceive your tinnitus sound by letting it gradually fade into the background. Regular listening to your individual ‘tinnitus help’ setting will enable you to learn how to increasingly fade out the sound in your ear and eventually ignore it. Experts call this “habituation”.
This means that ‘tinnitus help’ can assist you to change the way you perceive your tinnitus sound by letting it gradually fade into the background. By listening regularly to your individual ‘tinnitus help’ setting you will be able to learn how to increasingly cut off the sound in your ear, enabling you to ignore it. Experts call this “habituation”.
The association “I am hearing one or several sounds or music that are pleasing” will at first be stored in the hippocampus, our memory centre. If the experience is repeated by using ‘tinnitus help’, the hippocampus works like a trainer for your cerebral cortex. It will repeatedly offer the stored information to the cerebral cortex with the result that this new input will be learnt and new programmes will be etched into the auditory cortex.
It will repeatedly offer the stored information to the cerebral cortex, resulting in the new input being learnt and new programs etched into the auditory cortex. It has been proved shown that regularly recurring musical structures act like a massage on certain areas of the brain. Where tinnitus is present, this will be experienced as a negative effect. However, you , the tinnitus sufferer, can turn this to your advantage by calling up your very own personalized music in your head. It is retrievable whenever you need it.
To achieve a positive activation of the various systems in the brain, the hearing experience needs to be
· pleasing and enjoyable
· corresponding to the tinnitus noise and the hearing loss.
This means that, the tinnitus sufferer, can influence your perception processes and learn to set up the reprogramming of your central auditory pathway.
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