Neuromonics, the maker of the FDA-cleared Oasis tinnitus treatment device, has introduced the Neuromonics SanctuaryTM, funded with a US Army development grant.
Neuromonics Sanctuary is designed to help patients, particularly those in the military, who have mild to
“With the introduction of the Sanctuary, Neuromonics can provide effective, simple treatment for the full range of tinnitus that particularly affects members of the military,” said Curtis Amann, Neuromonics’ vice president of marketing and sales.
The Sanctuary provides relief of tinnitus symptoms by combining relaxing music with a customized neural stimulus, explained Amann. By blending a customized, high-frequency signal with music, the device is designed to provide an on-demand sense of control and relief to the individual. Patients with mild or moderate tinnitus disturbance can experience relief within minutes of their tinnitus assessment, Amann stated.
Sanctuary works on the same principles as the Neuromonics Oasis. Whereas the Sanctuary provides situational relief, the Oasis, combined with the Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment, is a long-term treatment program for those with more severe tinnitus. (For more information on Oasis, see the March 2008 article in HR.)
Like Oasis, Sanctuary is not a masking device, explains Amann, but rather works to promote new neural connections that will allow the brain to help filter out the tinnitus perception. The company says that individuals should use the Sanctuary at times when their tinnitus is bothersome.
The compact Sanctuary is easy to use and functions like an MP3 player. Users can choose from one of three pre-programmed profiles to find the signal that provides the greatest degree of relief from their particular symptoms. When the user presses “play,” calming, relaxing music flows to the earphones and interacts with the tinnitus perception.