A new approach to treating tinnitus, without the waiting lists
To some, it’s a ringing in their ears. To others it may be a buzzing, hissing, roaring, screeching, siren or whooshing in their head that doesn’t go away. Regardless of what sound a person hears, tinnitus is a common neurological condition that is believed to affect between 10 to 15% of the global population.
Finding an effective treatment for tinnitus has long been elusive and a source of frustration for people suffering from the condition and their doctors alike.
As well as this, waiting lists for tinnitus care are long and costly to society. According to the NHS England, 45% of patients awaiting referral to treatment with a public ENT wait more than 18 weeksi. In the UK, due to these waiting lists, treating tinnitus costs the NHS £750 million annually. The estimated cost to society caused by tinnitus reaches approximately £2.7 billionii demonstrating the need for private care options specifically for tinnitus to increase the number of people with tinnitus accessing treatment by avoiding waiting lists.
To that end, Neuromod Devices, a medical device company, has recently launched a new specialist health care service, wholly focussed on treating tinnitus called Ótologie.
What is Ótologie?
Ótologie is an effective, patient-centred service that provides ground-breaking tinnitus care to improve the lives of people living with this condition every day and it has been established to address the growing healthcare need for dedicated and specialist care for people with tinnitus.
This new service allows tinnitus patients throughout the UK and Europe to avoid waiting lists and gives them immediate access to effective tinnitus care. Ótologie aims to change the landscape of how tinnitus is treated by creating the first globally recognised approach to tinnitus care and management.
Ground-breaking tinnitus care
Ótologie’s dedicated team of specialist audiologists and psychotherapists have extensive experience treating tinnitus patients with the latest evidence-based treatments. They follow clinical best practices to assess each patient and recommend a personalised treatment plan from treatment options such as Lenire, tinnitus therapy (CBT), or hearing aids for tinnitus.
Ótologie’s clinicians prescribe treatment plans after an assessment specifically designed to understand the impact tinnitus is having on their patients, ensuring they get tinnitus care best suited to them.
Here is an overview of the treatments Ótologie offers its patients:
Lenire is an evidence-based medical device that uses bimodal neuromodulation to treat tinnitus symptoms. The device delivers mild electrical pulses to the tongue combined with sound played through headphones to drive long-term changes or neuroplasticity in the brain to treat tinnitus.
Lenire is fitted and used in accordance with a tailored treatment plan prescribed by Ótologie’s expert audiology team which includes follow up appointments to check on your progress.
Tinnitus Therapy is a form of psychotherapy which aims to change a patient’s attitude to their tinnitus and minimise its impact on their life. Tinnitus Therapy sessions are delivered by a qualified therapist specialising in tinnitus. It provides a supportive and non-judgemental environment so patients can discuss their tinnitus and guided by a therapist, develop an understanding of their tinnitus and techniques to change their thought processes, behaviours, attitudes and feelings related to it.
Hearing Aids for Tinnitus
Hearing loss is one of the most common causes of tinnitus and improving your hearing can improve your symptoms. Ótologie’s offers a range of hearing aids, and ongoing support, that can help. After an assessment they will recommend the most suitable hearing aid for each individual patient based on their own individual hearing needs and tinnitus experience.
Quick access to tinnitus care from anywhere
Combining these three treatment options and the company’s technology-led platform, which offers next day appointments, Ótologie will provide tinnitus care that improves the lives of many.
The service streamlines the typical patient journey, as patients complete all their appointments online via video call, from the comfort of their own homes.
ii Stockdale, D. et al. An economic evaluation of the healthcare cost of tinnitus management in the UK. BMC Health Serv Res 17, 577 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2527-2