Levo Tinnitus System
Tinnitus pitch matched in-ear sleep sound therapy used every night for three months. Manufacturer = Otoharmonics. Developed by team at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
A $5000 tinnitus pitch match CD on sale about 10 years ago died a quick death. Wouldn’t it still be available if it worked?
Just like other approaches, the Levo lowers distress for some with tinnitus. Levo benefit science now is limited, but clinical trials are still ongoing. If researchers all used the same distress outcome measure, data could be pooled. The more subjects in a data pool, the more reliable the findings.
I like the idea of in-ear sound generators for sleep, and trust Apple digital sound quality. But in my opinion, the Levo is too expensive for the tech it offers. I like products with more sound type options.
Some audiologists refuse to become sales distributors, and will not fit the Levo Tinnitus System.
Other Sleep Sound Therapy Options
Levo is not the only sound therapy option. When deciding what options to choose, consider factors like sound producing devices you already own like air purifiers, fans, relaxation sound CDs, personal preferences, local availability and what you can afford. There are also free sound therapy tinnitus apps for listening from reputable hearing aid manufacturers and other sources.
Many combination hearing aids with tinnitus sound therapy feature can be programmed to match a person’s tinnitus; these new products work for people with normal hearing or hearing loss. They also have extra sound options including personal music downloads.
Other options include docked phone with personal sleep sound choice set to repeat or smart TV plus YouTube video. Some videos on YouTube come with 8 to 12 hour darkscreen to use for sleep sound (e.g. play coloured noise, music, nature sounds, etc.) If using, start at lowest volume and slowly turn up to make sure it’s not too loud at first and sound quality is ok).
White noise, pink noise are proven options (e.g. like waterfall or air purifier noise). Fractal music is also commonly used. Lots of options available including at myNoise.net.
Bose has come out with a product called Sleepbuds. In-ear sound generators that cost about $250-$350. Pitch match isn’t a sound choice. But they play other relaxing sounds that can be used for sleep sound therapy.
More Science Needed
I still believe the choice of sound, especially current trend of people customizing their own sound mixes, hasn’t been studied enough.
I’m curious how bedside sound generator, or personal sound system, with pillow speaker, putting sound right near ear, would compare to Levo in-ear sound generator.
I’m curious how Levo compares to people using other approaches (e.g., Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, Progressive Tinnitus Management, Tinnitus Activities Treatment).
How does it compare to people using daytime sound, or other much less expensive mind therapy techniques that don’t use sound?
When will there be a universal distress outcome measure?
If the Levo is an option that interests you, check local pricing, request a long trial period, and find out ahead of time what the charges are if you return the system.
The Levo will not be in my tinnitus coping toolbox. It works for some people. But it’s a device that only produces one sound for one situation. I prefer multipurpose tools. Also, I think it’s way too expensive given the technology it offers. That’s just my opinion.
Jan L. Mayes
Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.
Apple iTunes Levo app https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/levo/id929852159?mt=8