OtoBand by Otolith Labs — Head-Mounted Device for Motion Sickness Reduces Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Research News' started by nicole76, Aug 16, 2019.

    1. Gabriel
      Balanced

      Gabriel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I focused on verifying if I had tinnitus
      To be honest I don't see why people are hyped about it.
      It's basically the reddit cure isn't it?
      But instead of tapping your finger in your head you have a mounted device.

      Also I don't see how it is a cure at all as I believe as soon as you take it off the effect won't last (as I have read).
      And I guess it's also not practical at all to wear?

      I mean, better have a sound masking device, it would do the same good but at masking the tinnitus more but way more discreet. Because for me this is kind of a masking device.

      Don't want to put any hopes down though but I think people should not rely to much on it and look more into other stuff.
       
      • Agree Agree x 3
    2. Cal18
      Nerdy

      Cal18 Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      San Diego
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2010 / 2016 Both SSRI Withdrawal and Mild Hearing Loss
      • Informative Informative x 5
      • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
    3. rei

      rei Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 but not a problem till 10/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud music spiked with lyme disease
      They're going to have a tough time finding participants since floaters are a disqualifier.
       
    4. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      I did their little survey and got the "you would be a good candidate for our trial", but let's see if they allow Europeans to join the trial.

      I emailed them.

      Digging a bit deeper into their (crappy) website I found this relevant stuff:

      puMS3JO.png

      q5TQILy.png

      yoz3hJ3.png

      Side note: as mentioned, the website is a bit crappy. A couple of links not working etc... But who knows.
       
      • Informative Informative x 3
    5. wwtsai
      Assassinator

      wwtsai Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild (2016) Bothersome (8/20)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SNHL
      I've enrolled in the study and will report back after the two-week trial.
       
      • Like Like x 6
    6. Jcmc

      Jcmc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very Loud Headphones!
      Do you have the device!?
       
    7. wwtsai
      Assassinator

      wwtsai Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild (2016) Bothersome (8/20)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SNHL
      Not yet. I just had the intro meeting today with Otolith. I should have the device by next week.
       
      • Like Like x 2
    8. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Godspeed with the trial! Please post as progress. You didn't have to sign an NDA I hope?
       
      • Good Question Good Question x 1
    9. wwtsai
      Assassinator

      wwtsai Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild (2016) Bothersome (8/20)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SNHL
      I just re-reviewed the signed consent form and nope, no NDA in there.
       
      • Like Like x 2
    10. wwtsai
      Assassinator

      wwtsai Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild (2016) Bothersome (8/20)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SNHL
      So I'm pretty much done with this trial aside from the close out call on Monday. They had me wear two devices separately for a week each. The device is a transducer that rests against the bone behind the right ear and vibrates. There's different levels of vibration and I was told to adjust depending on therapeutic effect. They sent two devices to have one act as a placebo though I'm not exactly sure how. The only difference between the two devices was that the transducer on the second device was larger.

      To note, I have bilateral tinnitus with tones that fluctuate on a daily basis including ringing, static, and buzzing. I'm pretty sure my tinnitus is due to progressive sensorineural hearing loss I've had since I was a teenager. I currently have moderate-moderately severe losses at 4 kHz and above, and none to moderate at the lower frequencies. I haven't had any particular acoustic traumas that triggered my worsening last August, though I suspected my AirPods Pro that I used semi-frequently. I'm not sure if my hearing loss is due to genetics, but do plan to do genetic testing in the near future.

      After using both devices, I did not notice any improvement from either; I was expecting this for the most part. Using the device did not worsen my tinnitus. The Otolith staff were super helpful and they made it clear that they're running this trial to see exactly what kinds of tinnitus would see benefit from this device. I do hope that the device ends up helping others.
       
      • Informative Informative x 3
      • Like Like x 2
      • Helpful Helpful x 2
    11. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I just signed up.
       
      • Informative Informative x 1
    12. wwtsai
      Assassinator

      wwtsai Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      San Francisco
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild (2016) Bothersome (8/20)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SNHL
    13. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
    14. FGG
      No Mood

      FGG Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Multi-factorial
      I haven't seen any analysis of which cases this would theoretically work for and why, so not sure, especially as I have floaters (apparently an exclusion) and the last thing I would need is an ineffective device to make something worse.

      The data might change my mind, but I personally wouldn't be in the trial.
       
    15. Mathieulh
      No Mood

      Mathieulh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Paris, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/24/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Chronic headphones use and acute noise induced trauma.
      I am somewhat skeptical, this seems like some placebo hogwash made to diverge actual tinnitus research funds.

      I haven't seen any actual research, let alone trials that would suggest a VR headset would alleviate tinnitus symptoms in any way.
       
    16. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      I had my meeting today... It was mentioned that those who have relief only have it while wearing the device.

      So that right there is a disappointment, but I'll try it anyway.
       
    17. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      So it's a masker. Not a treatment. Great.
       
    18. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cracow, Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, loud rock concert
      Well it does not emit sound hence I would not call it a masker. Still I don’t see how this could work on tinnitus.
       
    19. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      When you finally switch it off, your tinnitus will either be gone or come back like a banshee from hell.

      It's vibrating hair cells through bone conduction. Kind of dangerous imo for long periods.
       
    20. Tezcatlipoca
      Question it

      Tezcatlipoca Member

      Location:
      Mexico
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL
      This is not a tinnitus treatment/solution at all.

      Even if it works for tinnitus, then what? You have to wear it the rest of your life?
       
    21. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cracow, Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, loud rock concert
      I wouldn’t mind to wear it for the rest of my life if it worked. I’m screwed for life anyway.
       
    22. BeMarie

      BeMarie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music / Zoloft
      Does anyone think OtoBand could make one's tinnitus worse?

      If not, I may give it a shot. You get $100 anyhow for participating in the trial, so even if it doesn't work, there's that.
       

Share This Page