A MUSICIAN from Ryde has released a new app to offer relief to UK sufferers of a debilitating hearing condition.

T-Minus is a new sound therapy app to help people with tinnitus — a condition that causes persistent internal noise.

It has been designed to alleviate symptoms in different ways.

Creator Rupert Brown has spent the past three decades collating an extensive music library crafted to suit people seeking relief.

He said: "Having suffered with tinnitus myself for more than 30 years, creating this music has been an incredible journey.

"It’s been scary, dark and emotional, opening deep wounds and sensitivities surrounding my own issues, but I have relished the challenge and found this to be utterly exhilarating and cathartic.

"I hope it’s as helpful to others as it has been for me.”

Having worked as a percussionist and producer with Roy Ayers, Nigel Kennedy, Cher and The Lighthouse Family, Rupert first developed tinnitus in his early 20s.

Initially terrified, he learned to manage the problem with a range of blended frequencies and recordings with musical dialogue

Alongside Rupert, T-Minus was developed by a team of audiologists and ENT consultants.

A hearing therapist, who acted as a consultant during the app's development, said: “Although there is no total cure for Tinnitus, T-Minus has tailored its music app to help those finding tinnitus difficult.

"I will be recommending it to my own patients.”

According to the British Tinnitus Association, more than one in eight people in the UK suffer with persistent tinnitus.

The T-Minus app is currently available from Apple, with an Android version to set for launch later this year.

To find out more, visit www.t-minus.info

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