A revolutionary treatment which treats tinnitus while the patient sleeps has won a top prize at a prestigious medical award ceremony.
The Levo® Therapy System for Tinnitus was awarded the gold prize in the Digital Health Products and Mobile Medical Apps category at the 19th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) in the USA.
Available exclusively at The Tinnitus Clinic, which operates 10 centers across the UK, Levo uses iPod technology to deliver a personalized tinnitus sound straight to the brain while the patient sleeps. The brain learns to ignore the hissing or buzzing and over time, the patient notices the tinnitus sounds less during the day.
The sound-based therapy, which sees an iPod being approved for use as a medical device for the first time, has already been providing relief for tinnitus sufferers in the US since 2014.
Developed by a team at Otoharmonics® Corporation, based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Levo 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 center of the brain.
Mark Williams Chief Audiologist at The Tinnitus Clinic, London, said:
As the only clinic in the UK to offer this treatment to tinnitus sufferers, we are pleased to see Levo recognized for its innovative use of technology.
Levo has been designed for use during sleep when our brains are naturally more responsive to sound therapies, and it has been demonstrated to provide relief from symptoms faster than ever before.