Treating your tinnitus while you sleep

The new Levo® Therapy System for tinnitus

If you have tinnitus which is hissing or rushing, very low or very high in pitch, then Levo® Therapy System for Tinnitus may be right for you.

Levo® Therapy System for Tinnitus has been developed by the team at Otoharmonics® Corporation who are based in Portland, Oregon, USA. It is an FDA cleared and CE approved sound-based therapy which works with the brain’s natural plasticity to help the brain get used to, or habituate, to the tinnitus sound within the hearing centre of the brain.

tinnitus sufferer undergoing sound stimulation whilst sleeping

The Tinnitus Clinic is introducing Levo® for patients who have atonal tinnitus or tinnitus that is very high or very low in pitch (<200Hz or >10000Hz). Levo® is also specifically designed to be used during sleep when our brains are more prone to be responsive to sound therapies that strive to change brain activity patterns.

This innovative approach to treating tinnitus has been demonstrated to provide relief from symptoms, sometimes within as short a period of time as 30 days. (Pedemonte et al 2010, Drexler et al 2015). The Levo® System is available exclusively in the UK only at The Tinnitus Clinic and its partners.


tinnitus sufferer about to start sound stimulation whilst sleeping how does it work?

Levo® is specifically designed to be used during sleep when our brains are more prone to be responsive to sound therapies that strive to change brain activity patterns. The system enables patients to map their specific tinnitus sound, or ‘sound print’, in order to create a personalised sound therapy.

The personalised therapy sound is presented to the patient while they are asleep via an iPod device using a tailor-made proprietary ear phone system which is designed to be slept in. This stimulates the hearing centre of the brain with the goal to encourage habituation to the tinnitus sound and reduce the perceptual loudness / annoyance of the tinnitus signal. Improvements in tinnitus symptoms are tracked over time, which is motivating for the patient and provides useful guidance for the clinician.

Who is suitable for Levo®?

People over 18 years of age who have primary tinnitus, and who have sufficient hearing to be able to hear the sounds produced by Levo® while not wearing a hearing aid at night are most likely to be suitable for Levo®.

Our Initial Assessment process will identify your tinnitus type. If during your initial assessment, it is found you are not suitable for Levo®, we will offer you an alternative treatment.

Treatment outline

1

Initial Assessment

The Tinnitus Clinic Initial Assessment first assesses your tinnitus type and general ear health . At the end of this expert assessment the clinician will advise you if you are suitable for Levo®. Levo® Therapy for Tinnitus can be used with either universal earphones or custom built. Custom built earphones are made specially for you and are charged separately. They can be requested at any time after you begin therapy.

2

Levo® System Package

The tinnitus sound match appointment is crucial to ensure you get the best start possible from the therapy. During the fitting appointment, which takes 60 minutes, you will work with your audiologist to fully determine the sound of your tinnitus. Family members are welcome to observe the appointment as this often helps them to understand the ongoing impact of your tinnitus condition. The treatment package consists of 3 further follow-up appointments

3

Patient use at home

The Levo® system is designed to be used at home and you will be provided with clear instruction on its use. In addition, patients should read the manufacturer’s Instructions for Use which are supplied with Levo®.

The system is to be used as prescribed for a maximum of 90 days and as determined by your audiologist thereafter. Levo® will switch itself off automatically during the night once the correct dosage has been applied.



How much does Levo® cost?

The Levo® System package with Universal earbuds is £3999 including VAT.

There is a 2-week comfort testing period during which the Levo® System can be returned. In the event of a return, The Tinnitus Clinic retains £500 to cover the fitting and return of the device to the manufacturer.

Should you select custom build earphones at any time, these costs £500 including VAT. This includes the taking of moulds and a short fitting session at your local clinic.

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Will Private Medical Insurance cover this therapy?

The majority of PMI providers will cover the Initial Assessment but do not cover tinnitus treatments. Please check with your provider, however, as individual policies and providers do vary. If you are covered, please provide the authorisation number when you book your appointment.

What is the scientific evidence behind Levo®?

The theoretical and clinical evidence behind the system is growing all the time. The key papers are listed below and we can provide copies of these if you want to read them.

  • Drexler D, López-Paullier M, Rodio S, González M, Geisinger D, Pedemonte M. Impact of reduction of tinnitus intensity on patients' quality of life. Int J Audiol. 2016;55(1):11-9.
  • Pedemonte M, Testa M, Díaz M, Suárez-Bagnasco D. The Impact of Sound on Electroencephalographic Waves during Sleep in Patients Suffering from Tinnitus. Sleep Sci. 2014 Sep;7(3):143-51
  • M Pedemonte, D Drexler, S Rodio, D Geisinger, A Bianco, D Pol-Fernandes. Tinnitus treatment with sound stimulation during sleep, Int Tinnitus J. 2010;16:pp. 37–43


Patient Stories

Levo® Therapy treatments are being carried out in all of The Tinnitus Clinics in the UK. Here are some of our patients who want to tell you their story.

Harris Tatakis

Harris Tatakis

“Out of all my injuries, tinnitus is the one that’s affected me most.”

  Treatment – Tinnitus Desensitisation Treatment and Levo®

  Clinic - Bristol



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