Apps and Gadgets and Other Tips to Help You Cope With Tinnitus

When the house falls silent in the dead of night, or after the kids have gone to school in the morning, I can hear a high-pitched, occasionally oscillating sound. If I focus on it, the noise grows louder and can even keep me awake. At first, I suspected a gadget in my home was the culprit—perhaps a faulty power adapter. But after no one else could hear it and then consulting my doctor, I realized the ringing in my ears was tinnitus.

“It’s a phantom sound generated by the brain,” says Julie Prutsman, a respected audiologist and founder of the