Relief from Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) through Sound Files with Tremolo Effects

Researchers have found experimental evidence that tinnitus - ringing in the ears - may be suppressed by certain sounds, such as sine waves (pure tones) modulated strongly by amplitude (with "tremolo"). See Reavis, Rothholtz, Tang, Carroll, Djalilian, and Zeng, Temporary Suppression of Tinnitus by Modulated Sounds, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 13(4): 561-71 (2012 August).

I've created sound files, using an audio software program called Audacity, following this protocol. Each file is a 3-minute tone consisting of a sine wave at various frequencies (4300, 6500, and 9000 Hertz), containing strong amplitude modulation at either 10 Hertz or 20 Hertz, using Audacity's "tremolo" effect.

To find the frequency of your tinnitus, google "tinnitus frequency matching test", and use one of the links.

Here are the sound files that I created from the description in the research paper.

4300 Hz Frequency with 10 Hz Tremolo              4300 Hz Frequency with 20 Hz Tremolo

6500 Hz Frequency with 10 Hz Tremolo              6500 Hz Frequency with 20 Hz Tremolo

9000 Hz Frequency with 10 Hz Tremolo              9000 Hz Frequency with 20 Hz Tremolo


The files are mp3's which can be downloaded using any web browser. Listen to a file using your computer's default media player, or download VLC Media Player free.

I've also found that a frequency sweep - sound starting with a low frequency and moving to a high frequency - can be effective to temporarily reduce tinnitus. Below are three sound files providing a frequency sweep from 40 Hertz to 16000 Hz. The first file is a standard sweep. The second file also incorporates tremolo at 10 Hertz and the third file incorporates tremolo at 20 Hertz.

Standard Sweep              Sweep with 10 Hz Tremolo              Sweep with 20 Hz Tremolo

The information on this website is provided as an informational resource only, and the files provided are not intended to diagnose or treat tinnitus. I am not associated with the authors of the research paper.

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