Dear Patient,

we are further developing the tailor-made notched music training for tonal tinnitus (i.e. tinnitus that sounds peep- or whistle-like). We are doing this by means of careful scientific follow-up studies in order to maximize the training’s effectivity. Furthermore, the music training is going to be evaluated for different groups of tinnitus patients (e.g. elderly patients, or patients with hearing loss).

Moreover, in collaboration with the ENT department of the University of Münster, we are going to establish a tinnitus consultation, through which the tailor-made notched music training will be offered in a qualified manner. However, so far there is no therapeutical offer from our side.

If you come across providers (e.g. on the internet), that want to sell to you the tailor-made notched music training, please consider that those providers do not have access to our scientific experience, methodology, and expertise.

If you consider taking such offers, please always keep in mind the following points:

So far, the effectivity of the tailor-made notched music training is proven only for tinnitus patients exhibiting a particular, clearly defined tinnitus profile:
  • Tinnitus sounds like a rather pure peep- or whistle-like tone,
  • Hearing loss is less than 35 dB,
  • Stable tinnitus frequency less than 8000 Hz,
  • Age between 18 and 55 years.

So far, there is no positive proof that the training works if you do not match this profile (e.g. if your hearing loss is more severe, or if your tinnitus does not sound purely peep- or whistle-like). Does the provider point that out?

The careful and precise determination of the tinnitus frequency is absolutely crucial for the tailor-made notched music training; however, this determination is not at all easy to do. A high frequency audiometer and a soundproof room are needed; the procedure should be performed by a professional audiometrist, has
to be repeated several times (if possible on different days), and will take 30 to 60 minutes. If the tinnitus frequency is not determined correctly, the training cannot work. Does the provider point that out?

The training may be less effective, or may even be ineffective if the music would be compressed to e.g. MP3. Does the provider point that out?

The devices used for the training (e.g. the headphones or the music player) as well as certain settings of the devices are highly relevant. Certain headphones are suited quite well, while many others are not at all. The training cannot work if you use inappropriate devices or wrong settings. Does the provider point that out?

Please keep these points in mind when you judge the reliability of commercial offers!

Please also keep in mind that we are intensively working on possibilities to supply you with the tailor-made notched music training in a study-independent manner. We have developed this method, and we have accumulated lots of experience with it, which we are going to make available to you.

Best regards

Christo Pantev, Hidehiko Okamoto, and Henning Teismann (born Stracke)