Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Relax, a mobile app designed to help provide patients with personalized tinnitus relief and comprehensive tinnitus education. According Starkey’s announcement, Relax has 12 unique relief sounds, and is the company’s next step in providing tinnitus management strategies that are unique to each user’s tinnitus symptoms.
According to Starkey, Relax allows users to create new, customized relief sounds coupled with soothing images to accommodate the changing behavior of their tinnitus. By modifying the volume, frequency response, and rate of fluctuation, users can create customized versions for each of the 12 relief sounds unique to their own tinnitus.
Some of the sounds included in the app are: Starkey relief sound (similar to Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Stimulus), Ocean Waves, Thunderstorm, Marimba, Acoustic Guitar, Crackling Fire, Rainforest, Oscillating Fan, and Rainfall. The app’s tinnitus education materials include information about symptoms, causes, treatments and solutions, as well as a way to reach the company’s appointment booking call center for further help and assistance. Users can navigate through relevant tips, facts, and contact information without having to leave the app.
“We are excited to help patients create a more personalized tinnitus management strategy that hopefully better alleviates any discomfort they currently have,” said Dave Fabry, vice president of audiology and professional relations, Starkey. “Relax puts us one step closer to finding a more permanent solution for tinnitus.”
Starkey reports that Relax is compatible with iOS (version 7.0 and later) and Android platforms (version 4.1 and later) and works with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ Made for iPhone hearing aids, via an iOS device and 900 MHz wireless hearing aids via SurfLink Mobile. Users can use Relax in conjunction with already existing tinnitus management strategies including amplification and sound therapy, or the app can be used on its own and without hearing aids. In addition to providing relief through hearing aid technology, Relax relief sounds can also be streamed through any Bluetooth audio device. The Relax app is available now on the App Store and Google Play.
Starkey Hearing Technologies is a member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a leader in the effort to find a cure for tinnitus.
Photo credit: Starkey blog on Relax