Calmer and Tinnitus
We’ve had a lot of feedback from people saying: “What’s this? Calmer can cure tinnitus?!” And others saying: “snake oil.”
We understand how much tinnitus affects people, so we want to be very clear about what Calmer is designed to do.
Calmer’s purpose is to reduce distortion in the ears. In turn, this increases sound quality and lowers stress levels. We have independent research conducted by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) which verifies that Calmer reduces the peaks in the frequency range which humans find irritating, harsh or sharp. You can find the report here.
It came as a huge surprise to us that we started to receive feedback that Calmer was helping some users with their tinnitus.
Tinnitus is different for everyone and we cannot make any bold claims other than sharing the impact Calmer has had on some people. There are many different types of tinnitus and many forms of help available that could work for some and not others.
As this was an unexpected benefit, we are working with health and hearing professionals as well as tinnitus support groups to further research this. Flare is now a corporate member of the British Tinnitus Association which is an organisation providing help and advice to anyone suffering from tinnitus. We would encourage you to visit their website.
If you feel like Calmer is not meeting your needs we have a 100-day money-back guarantee but we would hope that Calmer’s stress-reducing properties and sound quality improvement would be of benefit.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Calmer and tinnitus that we hope will help you.
1. What is Calmer? Calmer is a new in-ear technology that is designed to increase sound quality and reduce stress by reducing irritating distortion of frequencies between 2 and 8kHz that cause us stress. It is not an earplug and it doesn’t reduce volume. It is an in-ear waveguide that better channels sound into our ears. We have independent research from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research to prove that they successfully do this.
2. How does it help with tinnitus? The fact that Calmer is helping some people's tinnitus was a real surprise to us. The reason for this is not yet known and Flare is working with a number of health organisations to conduct randomised control tests to find out which groups of people benefit and which do not. We do know that correct fitment and patience has a great effect on results.
3. Tinnitus comes from inside the brain so how can Calmer help me? Yes, this is true – The example we like to use is wearing non-prescription sunglasses. Even though they have no effect on the user's vision, they do protect against UV damage and therefore can reduce the chances of headaches. Calmer works in a similar way, they are like sunglasses for your ears!
4. How has Calmer helped? The results we have seen from users regarding tinnitus have been really mixed. Some people experience no reduction at all. Others range from a subtle reduction of tinnitus to a significant turning down. Whilst others experience a dramatic total reduction as soon as they wear Calmer.
5. If Calmer doesn’t help my tinnitus then what? If Calmer provides no tinnitus relief then we would hope that Calmer’s stress-reducing properties and sound quality improvement would be a benefit. If not then we offer a full refund for anyone who is not completely satisfied.
Getting the most out of Calmer:
We’ve found that some people feel a benefit from Calmer instantly - whereas other people need more time. As general advice we suggest users wear them as much as possible within the first 24 hours to adjust themselves to this new experience.
It’s worth trying Calmer in different sounding environments to fully appreciate what they’re doing.
The other thing to be aware of is that you need to have them fitted correctly in order to get the best out of them...
Below is a photo of Calmer in some silicone ears. (The ears are slightly smaller than human ears but that helps show how they fit.)