Skip to content

Are you hearing a ringing in your ear? This new device may relieve your tinnitus

It’s commonly known as ‘ringing in the ears’ but tinnitus can manifest as a buzzing, roaring, humming, hissing clicking, or even something else.

Regardless of the sound, this condition ranges from downright annoying to deeply distressing. A new treatment device has been developed which has been clinically proven to soothe and relieve the symptoms of tinnitus. 

Using the Lenire device as directed can reduce the symptoms of tinnitus

If you have tinnitus, you’re not alone.

It’s a common medical condition estimated to affect between 10-15% of the global population. It’s a neurological issue which people experience as a sound or noise that does not have an external source. Although it’s more common in adults, it can affect people of all ages. 

Tinnitus varies from person to person. For some its sound is a constant droning soundtrack to their lives while to others, it’s something which may only become bothersome during quiet times such as when they put their head on the pillow to get some sleep. In mild cases, it’s an issue that the person can learn to live with. In cases where it’s more severe, tinnitus can result in significant stress, negatively impacting the person’s quality of life. 

The search for an effective tinnitus treatment 

Due to the nature of this ‘phantom’ condition, which can be anything but phantom to those who experience it, finding a clinically effective treatment for tinnitus remains elusive. A recent poll carried out in Ireland found that 60%* of tinnitus patients commence their treatment journey by presenting to their GP. GPs then tend to refer the patient onto a consultant ENT who refer to an audiologist, or vice-versa. This lack of a standard for tinnitus care leads to a cycle which tends to leave the patient feeling ignored and frustrated.  

These poor clinical outcomes can deter those suffering from tinnitus from seeking out treatment. In the UK, 76% of tinnitus patients have never used any form of tinnitus treatment with almost 60% of patients not feeling informed about their tinnitus treatment options.*   

Though a cure has not been found, an Irish medical technology company, Neuromod Devices, has developed a treatment device called Lenire that can relieve the symptoms of tinnitus.  

How Lenire works  

The Lenire device delivers mild electrical pulses to a person’s tongue, combined with sound played through its headphones, to drive long-term changes in the brain to treat tinnitus.

This combined stimulation of the nerves in the tongue and ears retrains the brain by increasing its sensitivity to many different sounds.

This in turn reduces its sensitivity to the sound of the tinnitus, making it less bothersome and ultimately improving the person’s quality of life.

 

Promising study results 

The results of a recent large-scale clinical trial of the device, involving 326 people, were published in the medical journal Science Translational Medicine. They are very promising for people with subjective tinnitus. 

The trial was carried out in Ireland and Germany and involved 12 weeks of self-administered treatment (30-60 minutes per day) with the Lenire device. The patients’ progress was monitored for a further 12 months after they finished treatment.  

The results of these trials were conclusive: 86.2%** of participants who used Lenire as directed, reported improvement in their tinnitus symptoms***. Furthermore, one year after the treatment with Lenire ended, 80.1% of compliant participants reported a sustained improvement in their tinnitus**

Schedule a free call about Lenire

The Lenire device is now available from the Neuromod Medical clinic in Dublin, Ireland and online through Neuromod Medical’s tinnitus telemedicine service. To get started all you need to do is schedule a free introductory call. During the secure video call, a member of our team will discuss your tinnitus, and how we may be able to help. Following this call you can opt for an online tinnitus assessment, or an in-person assessment at Neuromod Medical in the Hermitage Clinic, Dublin. 

On the 15-minute introductory call we’ll: 

· Confirm your details for our audiology team so that your tinnitus assessment, if you want to proceed to one, is a more seamless experience; 

· Explain our processes and what our audiologists who specialise in tinnitus can do for you; 

· We can also schedule your assessment with one of our audiologists who specialise in tinnitus to see if treatment with Lenire, or another option, is appropriate for you. 

Book your free call

References

*Neuromod Market Research, 2021

**As measured by Tinnitus Handicap Inventory score

***Conlon et al., Sci. Transl. Med. 12, eabb2830 (2020)