Neuromonics is a medical device that has been found to be effective for the treatment of tinnitus. The Neuromonics device uses customized music therapy for tinnitus that is based on the patient's audiogram to treat tinnitus. This device has to be dispensed through an ear nose and throat or and audiologist’s office. This requires a visit to and audiologist who has trained in dispensing the Neuromonics device. There are usually several subsequent visits required for the Neuromonics tinnitus treatment.
Neuromonics has the advantage of being customized, simple, and effective for tinnitus treatments. The main disadvantage of this system is the Neuromonics cost. The cost of Neuromonics at the retail level is between $5000 and $6000. The other disadvantage is difficulty for access to this device in patients who have tinnitus live in an area where a Neuromonics dispenser is not available. This can occur in rural areas or in countries where the device is not available.
Recently there has been great progress using patent pending software technology to deliver customized music therapy via the web. The software conceptualized and researched by two ear nose and throat doctor is now available via the Internet. The website www.beyondtinnitus.com is the only customized web-based tinnitus sound therapy and music therapy program available worldwide. This program comes at a fraction of the cost of the Neuromonics system.
Tinnitus sufferers from any corner of the globe can access this website and obtain customized sound therapy and download the sound therapy file onto their MP3 player. Unlike the Neuromonics system, www.beyondtinnitus.com allows the tinnitus sufferer to use their own music to mix with their sound therapy file. The Neuromonics tinnitus treatment system has only four pieces of music that the patient has to listen to every day of the six-month treatment program. With the www.beyondtinnitus.com program, the tinnitus sufferer can make their own music using the provided software to produce their own music therapy file.