Tinnitus

Tinnitus Specialist
If you hear ringing, buzzing, or other sounds in your ears that others don’t, you may suffer from tinnitus. Jerome O. List, DDS, MD, offers cutting-edge comprehensive tinnitus treatment with the Levo® System at Alaska Ear Nose & Throat in Anchorage, Alaska. To find out if you’re a good candidate for Levo sound therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Tinnitus- Levo Therapy Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Commonly called “ringing in your ears,” tinnitus is when you hear a noise when there isn’t actually any external sound. In addition to ringing, tinnitus may create perceptions of hissing, buzzing, or whooshing noises.

Tinnitus isn’t a condition in and of itself, but instead may be a symptom of an underlying issue, such as age-related hearing loss. Although tinnitus rarely indicates a severe problem, it can be extremely bothersome. Sometimes, the perceived noise can be so distracting and loud that you miss sounds that actually exist.

Fortunately, tinnitus often improves with treatment. Dr. List is a tinnitus specialist who offers the innovative Levo System, a neuroscience-based technique that trains your brain to stop hearing the interfering noise while you sleep.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common problem that affects about one in five people. Possible causes of tinnitus include inner ear damage and certain health conditions, including:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Exposure to loud noise, such as chainsaws and firearms
  • Earwax blockage
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Head or neck injuries

Sometimes, tinnitus is temporary or goes away after treating its underlying cause. In many cases, the exact source of tinnitus remains unknown.

What is the Levo System?

The Levo System is an FDA-cleared tinnitus treatment that uses patented, neuroscience-based technology. The system creates a personalized sound tailored to your unique tinnitus condition.

You listen to the sound while you sleep and, over time, your brain gets used to it and stops responding. This process is called habituation. With continued Levo therapy, your mind stops perceiving the tinnitus noise, which means you stop hearing it.

How does the Levo System work?

First, Dr. List carefully evaluates your condition to determine whether Levo therapy is right for you. If so, he fits you for custom earbuds to wear comfortably while you sleep.

Then, Dr. List helps you perform a sound match with the Levo System to generate your personalized tinnitus sound. You attach the earbuds to an Apple iPod Touch equipped with the user-friendly Levo software and listen to your sound while sleeping.

After about three months of Levo therapy, your brain should habituate to your tinnitus sound. You may continue using the Levo System as needed after that.

To learn more about the Levo System for tinnitus therapy, call Alaska Ear Nose & Throat or book an appointment online today.


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