A revolutionary app called “AudioCardio” claims that its sound therapy can reduce hearing loss and even alleviate tinnitus conditions in people. A Grammy-nominated producer, who has had first-hand experience with the app, had only good things to say about it.
Grammy-nominated producer Jon Brown has worked with high-profile musicians for a career that spans decades. “I used to work with the Black Eyed Peas for a while and I did some music with Pink and Eminem,” he said, ABC 7 reported.
However, being subjected to loud music for so long took a toll on Brown’s hearing abilities. He even developed tinnitus.
“If you can imagine having ringing in your ears 24/7. I found out I had some mild hearing loss,” Brown said.
Hearing loss is known to cause ear ringing in some cases. Moreover, the hair cells on the inner ear don’t regenerate when they die.
When Brown heard about AudioCardio advertised as a sound therapy that can strengthen hearing, he decided to give it a go.
The app works by sending specific, customized sounds to stimulate your hearing cells and pathways to the brain.
“Pretty quickly. Within a few weeks, it really helped reduce the ringing in my ears,” Brown said, and added his hearing also improved.
“We’re not going to revive dead hair cells. What we are trying to do though is stimulate the ones that have been desensitized or damaged over time,” AudioCardio co-founder Chris Ellis said, as per the outlet.
Ellis was drawn toward this cause due to his personal experience, as his grandfather suffered from hearing loss and subsequently dementia.
According to a study, restoring or maintaining hearing may deter dementia from advancing.
“The ability to improve your hearing specifically in middle age could actually decrease the risk of dementia as you age, or at least that’s the theory,” Dr. William Slattery with the House Institute Ear Clinic noted.
The app costs $10 a month. It starts with an assessment, following which one can take one-hour sound therapy sessions daily that can be played in the background while one does normal chores.
“This sound that you actually can’t hear is playing over and over again to stimulate the cells inside the ear. And when those cells get stimulated, they start to fire and send a signal to the brain,” Ellis commented.
AudioCardio brought Stanford researchers on board to test the app. The results were encouraging.
“Over 70% of the people that we treated with our sound therapy had an increase in their ability to hear by 10 decibels,” Ellis said.
However, Ellis cautioned that sound therapy can improve one’s threshold for hearing by only so much, and that it cannot replace standard hearing aids.
“The biggest thing we need to do is continue to tell people they need to protect their ears,” the co-founder advised.
The app might gain popularity soon, as a recent study found that around one billion young people worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss from listening to headphones or attending loud music venues.