Neosensory Duo Review | Neuroplasticity Tinnitus & Hearing Loss Treatment | Neosensory Buzz

– Today's video, we're going
to cover the Neo sensory buzz. This is a new product that
I'm wearing right now. I've been wearing it for the last week and it has applications
that could help someone who has hearing loss or tinnitus. You wear on your wrist, just like this. And it sends the vibration patterns onto your skin that match the sound and the acoustic information
that's coming in. This is going to be a
detailed review video where I cover the applications for hearing loss and the
applications for tinnitus. So make sure to check the
description of this video where I give the timestamps. If you're looking to
just learn about tinnitus or just learn about hearing
loss with the Neo sensory buzz you can find the timestamps below.

Hey, this is Dr. Ben Thompson. I'm an audiologist in California and founder of pure Tinnitus. Welcome to my YouTube channel. If you're not already,
please consider subscribing. I make content on a weekly
basis to provide videos that are educational fun, and help you if you have hearing loss or tinnitus Neo sensory is a company
that creates devices that are non-invasive that you can wear on your body that either supplements
your existing five senses or creates new information,
creating a sort of new sense. Hence the name of the
company, Neo sensory new sense the product that I've been testing out the product that I've been
wearing is the Neo sensory buzz.

This is a wristband that
looks slightly larger than a Fitbit, and it sends
vibrational frequencies vibrational patterns through
your skin on the wrist. It has some sophisticated
microphones that collect sound in your environment, and it
quickly turns those sounds into vibrational patterns on the skin. The only buttons on
the actual hardware are a plus to increase the
vibration sensitivity and a minus to decrease the sensitivity. Most of the intricate adjustments and the training programs come
through the Neo sensory app. The origin story of Neo sensory starts in 2013 at Stanford university.

Dr. David Eagleman is a
neuroscientist at his lab. They were testing around with these kinds of functions and around
2015, they turned what was at once a vibrational vest
into a vibrational wristband for Neo sensory. In 2015, the company Neo sensory was born and between then and now they
have created the buzz product which is a wearable that
you put on your wrist and it sends you the vibration patterns to have you more connected
to the sound around you. And it has some implications on neuroscience and brain health. For those, with hearing loss or tinnitus. I've been using the device myself overall it's unlike anything
I've ever experienced. Imagine being at a loud concert and you're near that bass and you feel the music in a different way than you ever could. If you were listening to headphones it was a similar experience for me where suddenly I was hearing and feeling the sound around me in
a completely new way. I kept this all my wrist
for longer than I intended.

Typically when I try a
product, I may try it for a few hours to get a
good sense how it's going. But when I tried the Neo
sensory buzz actually kept it on my wrist for a few days in a row in this review video
stick around until the end if you would like to learn about the applications for
hearing loss and tinnitus. Let's start with hearing loss. The populations that could benefit from this device the
most would be individuals with moderate to severe
levels of hearing loss. When your hearing is that bad. When you have that much hearing loss you would benefit from any additional cue you can get to understand speech.

The buzz presents different vibrations to the wrist in the similar fashion as the ear transfers different vibrations of sound to the brain. So the idea here is that
vibrations on the wrist through our somato of
sensory system can integrate in the central brain with the auditory information
coming in and with more data the brain can make more sense of it with the outcome hopefully
understanding speech better. Think about someone who has
a severe hearing loss who either wears hearing AIDS
or a cochlear implant. Often times those individuals
still struggle to hear. If this device can take
some information like F for Frank S for Sam T for Tom,
present it through the wrist and have that signal mix
in the auditory brain that could potentially give
a little boost 5%, 10%, 20% that research is still in development.

But in theory, if this
device could give a boost to speech understanding, then someone with a severe hearing loss
may benefit from wearing it. Think about someone who
has a severe hearing loss who really struggles
to understand speech. When you're having a
conversation with them they're using your facial
cues, they're reading your lips and they're hearing the
words you're saying. And those two senses,
they mix in the brain. And that creates the
understanding of speech. It's commonly known
that if I cover my mouth it's much harder to
follow what I'm saying. Especially if you have a hearing loss. Now with this device with the buzz, we're including a third
sense in the picture. So if we can train
ourselves to understand the different speech sounds
through this device through our skin, then in theory we could add a third sense. So we have three modes of understanding, three senses at the same time, putting the information together. So the brain can make sense of it. That's the theory here and
it makes a lot of sense. Previously working with patients
who have cochlear implants, sometimes they're only able
to understand 40%, 30%, 20% of words that are played
through their cochlear implant without seeing the
person in front of them.

So imagine how much
their life would change if we increase that by 10%,
which I believe is feasible. It hasn't been studied in
published yet with this device in that particular situation,
but I believe that's possible. And that's exciting as an audiologist as someone who cares about
individuals with hearing loss knowing that the main
situation that's the hardest for them to hear is understanding speech especially when they're not
looking at someone's face. Having an extra input could be
the big difference for them. The next application for the buzz if you have a hearing loss is that you have environmental awareness of sound that doesn't have
to come through your ears.

The buzz can present a new level of safety or an additional device
to be worn only at night or only in certain situations
or all the time, whenever there's environmental safety
or environmental awareness. For those who have hearing loss. If you are deaf and you're
walking down the street then you don't hear the
ambulance coming behind you. And if you're not very careful,
you may cross the street at the wrong time and
put yourself in danger. So the buzz can also keep one safe through that system of playing
vibrations through the skin, When there are loud
noises or cars around you that's another good application for this. Now let's get into the applications of the Neo sensory buzz for tinnitus. The buzz represents a type of device that's called
bi-modal stimulation meaning stimulating the brain stimulating the nervous
system in two modes.

The two modes that play
with the buzz are somato sensory input through the
skin and auditory input through the auditory hearing system. Bi-modal stimulation is
a new type of research that has implications for
helping tinnitus patients. And the research has been coming from the neuro mode company
with the linear device as well as the university of
Michigan in the United States. Now, Neo sensory is adding a new way to use bi-modal stimulation by
wearing a device on the wrist. Neo sensory provides the wristband and they also have a smartphone app. The current program on the
app designed for tinnitus runs through a series of tones
that you're supposed to play from a speaker or from your phone, so that you can feel it on your
wrist and hear it around you.

At the same time. You can't use headphones because the sound has to be perceived and picked up by the wristband. It took me some time to learn how to use the bi-modal
stimulation through the app. Overall, I felt like it was
very easy and simple to set up. All you have to do is play the sound from your phone loud enough so that you can hear it and
your wristband picks it up. And then it's a passive process. You don't have to actively do anything. It happens in the
background overall for me the sensation was calming. It was not painful. I felt comfortable having
something vibrating on my wrist. It calmed me down personally. Now new sensory may adjust the protocol for the sound therapy. When I was using the app at the time of testing the
product, the sound therapy through the guided tinnitus
exercises was very simple. It was ascending tones and
descending tones pitch. At the same time, the
wristband was buzzing. I was experiencing the
bi-modal stimulation in a very non-invasive way and it was my first time
getting a true experience of how that would feel.

One question I have is does
the sound therapy matter? I know these research
groups are studying this. The question is, is it more beneficial to
have a dynamic sound therapy? Well, Neo sensory through the app has proposed
a very simple ascending tone and descending tone sound therapy. That's one area that's
quite interesting with this bi-modal stimulation is
what is the auditory stimulus? Does it have to match the vibrations? And how does that all shake out? That's something I'm going
to be monitoring closely between the different
bi-modal stimulation devices. My experience with Neo sensory
was overall easy to use. It was simple.

I could do it when I was working in my office and play
it in the background. After a few seconds of it
playing, I could focus. I didn't feel like it was a distraction or that it was very annoying. And on top of that, the recommendation for using it is only 10 minutes per day. So that's not much the
interesting thing is that when I used it for only 10 minutes I didn't take it off. I liked it so much that I kept listening to
it with sound around me. So it was almost an additional
way to promote sound therapy in my environment because I was also utilizing
the wristband on my wrist. Now I know what you might
be thinking, okay, Ben that's a cool wristband but what does the science
have to say about it? Does it actually work because having a vibrating
wrist is cool, but I'm looking for something that will
actually reduce my tinnitus.

So I'm going to explain the research and the most up-to-date
information I could get from Neo sensory in just a few moments but I wanted to walk you
through the nuts and bolts of how the device works and
what the training program is. The company recommends two months of using the buzz every
day for 10 minutes. And then the training program is complete. They include a risk-free
trial for 30 days. So if you use it for a few weeks and you're not into it,
you don't feel the benefit. You don't like it.

You can return it and get your money back. Thanks for making it
this far in this video. Now I'm going to try
to explain the research for the Neo sensory buzz which is ongoing and in development. I'm going to give the most
up-to-date research to explain if this really does work for tinnitus and which subgroups it
might work better for. I reached out to Neo sensory. Their scientists gave me
the most up-to-date data that they had. Their data is not published yet at the time I'm making
this video, but I will. I'll keep you updated on the research. As it becomes published on my YouTube channel for
individuals with tinnitus, one of the questionnaires that's
used to validate the research and the treatment is called
the tinnitus functional index a significant change for the
tinnitus functional index. Is there a reduction in your
score by 13 points or more.

So far with the numbers Neo sensory has, they found that about
12 and a half percent of their subjects were non-responders, meaning that they didn't
benefit from the treatment at all the remaining 85 or so
percent did report some degree of benefit from the Neo sensory buzz. For those who did improve
their tinnitus symptoms via the TFI questionnaire,
using the Neo sensory buzz their average reduction was 15 points which is in the significant range.

So what we have here is that a majority of participants were feeling
some benefit from the product. And that was a significant change. A minority of participants felt no benefit and therefore had no change through the tinnitus functional index. The other question for the research group to investigate is what are the
characteristics of each group and why are some people
responding better than others? If they can figure out that question then they can market the
product and educate us as so recommending it for
some, but not for others. Now don't get too excited because this is still early
stages for this research. And they have a smaller sample size than what they would like to
be able to make broad claims about the effectiveness of the product. And we have to be patient with all these research
groups when they're working on different products for tinnitus. So as a doctor of audiology,
as someone who cares about the tinnitus community,
as someone who knows that even marginal benefits
would be worth time and energy for someone who
has bothersome tinnitus for someone who's suffering from tinnitus. And I have my eyes on
the Neo sensory buzz.

And I want to hear from you guys by leaving a comment of what
you think about this product. Do you think this is something that you would consider wearing? Is it something that you would try? What would be the reasons? Yes. What will be the reasons, no let's start a discussion below anytime. There's a new product that
is backed by research. We are excited about it.

And we think all of the
researchers that have been working on different solutions to help reduce the intensity of tinnitus. If you've enjoyed watching this video please subscribe to my YouTube channel. My name is Dr. Ben Thompson. I'm an audiologist in California and founder of pure tinnitus.com. Check out this next video on my side. It's more videos about
bi-modal stimulation and its applications for tinnitus.

Thanks again for coming to my channel. And I look forward to being with you soon. Bye..

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