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Ear Player

A scientific study has shown that listening to music where the tinnitus frequency has been filtered out can reduce the tinnitus loudness. With this music player you can play your own music from your music library in such a way.

Disclaimer

You agree to use this application at your own risk and there is absolutely no explicit or implicit guarantee that your tinnitus condition will improve.

You also understand that you must know the frequency of your tinnitus to use the application in a meaningful way.

Usage

EarPlayer Main Screen EarPlayer Filter Screen EarPlayer Info Screen

  • Obtain the tinnitus frequency from your doctor. This is a prerequisite to use this application.
  • Set the center frequency of the filter to your tinnitus frequency. You can enter the value into the textfield or use the slider. The bandwidth of the filter is preset to one octave as in the scientific study.
  • Choose up to 20 songs from your music library.
  • Playing will start immediately after pre-processing has been completed.
  • The patients who participated in the mentioned scientific study have listened to filtered music for about 12.5 hours per week for one year. After this period, a reduction of tinnitus loudness could be measured.

Tips and Tricks

  • When you turn on the Locked switch, you cannot modify the center frequency and bandwidth. This is to protect you against accidental changes.
  • When you start the application you can immediately start playing the song list from the previous run - no need to choose and convert again.
  • If Loop is switched on, the current song is played again and again. If Loop All is switched on, the current song list is repeated.
  • You can cancel the pre-processing phase by pushing the Stop button.
  • Pre-processing works fastest for songs in AAC format. MP3 encoded songs require more time and you might consider to convert them first in iTunes.
  • You can conveniently select a list of songs by choosing the list in the song selector and then pushing Add All Songs. Note that for lists which contain more than 20 songs, only the first 20 songs are chosen.
  • In addition to the usual music player controls you can swipe left or right with one finger over the album image to go to next resp. previous song.
  • The test tone can be switched on when no song is playing and produces a sine wave with the frequency of the center frequency. This can be useful to check whether the central frequency has a resemblance to your tinnitus frequency.

Literature

A research report describing the method and the related experiments can be found here Listening to tailor-made notched music reduces tinnitus loudness and tinnitus-related auditory cortex activity .