Hey , by No means am I an expert on the topic, but this is my experiences thus far from reading and asking questions.
All the hype of HAs offering a Tinnitus Program is all and good, however, the ‘sounds’ in the programs are usually white, pink, brown…noises or sometimes others offer ocean waves as well.
All these ‘noises’ are only a “mask” and will not cure any tinnitus , its only a mask relieving the person from the continuous annoying ringing momentarily while the noise is being heard.
Some people find some relief of a lessened tinnitus after using the ‘noise’ programs, but usually does not last very long .
Notch Therapy is a way to notch out the frequency of the tinnitus. Tinnitus is usually 5 dB’s above your threshold and that is why it is so predominant. When the Notch Therapy is used they are raising the amplification around the Tinnitus frequency, without amplifying the Tinnitus frequency, therefore we have a notch.
Notch Therapy is simply a program tailored for the listener creating a ‘notch’ around the frequency of ringing in the person’s ears. Once that ‘frequency’ has been discovered (by testing) it then can be played back through sounds, music or words with the Notch in place.
There are programs that you can use to test your ‘tinnitus frequency’ and then create sounds or music to be streamed to your HAs . See here > AudioNotch You can created your own sounds with a notch then save it to be used at your own pleasure, that way you do not have to pay for a long membership. At $39.95 for 2 months you should be able to make all the “sounds or music” you’ll ever need.
A tinnitus Notch therapy program should be an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. It does take weeks before most see any reduction or longer , in some cases people have reported a total tinnitus gone.
Myself, I have Signia Cellion HAs as Signia is the ‘Only HA Company’ that offers the Notch Therapy built into their HAs.
When activated, anything I stream or hear though the HA microphones is All being filtered through the ‘Notch’ suited for my needs.
I am looking forward to reducing or eliminating my continual tonal tinnitus @ 5300HRz
hope this helps