Sono’s pulsed electromagnetic stimulation can work on different underlying pathophysiology and is approved for all kinds of tinnitus, including pulsatile. Notched music therapy is suitable for a pure-tone tinnitus. You should always get your tinnitus checked by a qualified professional before embarking on any course of treatment to rule out certain causes.
This can vary but typically results can be seen between 2 – 4 months of regular use. For best results apply therapy regularly as described in your user manual while relaxing.
Any change can be a sign that the therapy is starting to work. This might include a change in tinnitus intensity or short periods of time when your tinnitus is quieter or absent.
You should not experience any adverse effects from using Sono, which has been approved as a Class IIa medical device. Any perceived increase in tinnitus symptoms should be temporary and is typically a positive prognostic sign that the treatment is starting to have an effect. If you choose, you can reduce the therapy duration temporarily to 5 -10 minutes before gradually increasing it back to 20 minutes. If you are ever concerned about any changes in your tinnitus condition, please consult your doctor to rule out other causes.
Once symptoms start to subside, you can gradually reduce the length and frequency of treatment. In case your tinnitus has subsided enough for you to consider ceasing therapy completely, we recommend that you keep hold of your Sono device in case stress, medication or other factors ever cause a future recurrence. Some users also find therapy helpful for relaxation and sleep. If you are not using your device, please return it to factory settings so that your personal data is deleted.
Because tinnitus can be triggered by so many different factors such as health, stress or medication, a future recurrence is not impossible but it is certainly not inevitable and relief can be long term. If you know what caused your tinnitus or made it worse, your doctor or audiologist will be able to advise you on how to minimise your exposure to potential triggers and on what other action you can take to reduce the chances of your tinnitus recurring.
For sound enrichment or notched music, broader spectrum spa-like music is recommended (few discrete tones, no percussion, no lyrics, no repetitive motifs). Otherwise, any sound stimulus that provides relaxation is positive if you are using the electromagnetic therapy as a standalone treatment.
Our CTO and lead engineer suffered from severe tinnitus for eleven years and found that there were very limited treatment options despite promising studies on electromagnetic stimulation. He drew on his background as an engineer to develop an early prototype and successfully treated his own tinnitus. Cleanhearing has since partnered with world class experts in audiology and hearing technologies to further develop Sono into a multi-modal system for tinnitus relief including the option for simultaneous sound enrichment and notched music.
Assuming your tinnitus has been professionally assessed and there is no cause for concern, you can use Sono independently, or under your doctor’s guidance as a complement to existing treatment. Tinnitus is not usually a sign of any other serious condition, but anyone experiencing tinnitus should consult a doctor or audiologist to rule out certain causes and get medical advice.