Kalmeda • Tinnitus app as a modern therapy alternative

App on prescription

Last updated: April 09, 2021

Tinnitus is very stressful for those affected. As a treatment option, there is an app that the doctor can prescribe. It is a digital, cognitive behavior therapy. In an exercise program lasting several months, you will learn step by step how to cope with tinnitus and bring more calm back into life.

Noises in the ears in the form of tinnitus are very stressful and cause stress in the body. The insidious thing about it is that tinnitus itself is also triggered by stress. This strengthens it and those affected find themselves in a downright vicious circle.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for tinnitus

Because the cause of the tinnitus cannot be tackled at the root and the tinnitus can be eliminated, cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective option in tinnitus treatment. Among other things, those affected learn how to deal with stress and methods to be able to live well with the noise in the ear.

Kalmeda app for treating tinnitus

The Kalmeda-App offers such cognitive behavioral therapy. It is an exercise program lasting several months that helps cope with tinnitus and is a sustainable solution for living with tinnitus. The app can be prescribed by the doctor, so that the health insurance company covers the costs in full and without additional payment by the person concerned. The costs of the app are covered by all statutory health insurance companies and some private insurers.

The program consists of five levels:

  • Attention drawing: It is learned and made aware that one’s own attitude towards tinnitus is one of the deciding factors in whether and to what extent tinnitus is perceived as a burden.

  • Relaxation: Relaxation is an important key to managing tinnitus. Various relaxation methods are learned via the app.

  • Self-efficacy: Ways to be more mindful are shown so that one’s own thoughts, sensations and feelings can be perceived more consciously and without evaluations.

  • acceptance: Training in one’s own acceptance in order to be able to live well with tinnitus.

  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness is practiced in order to know one’s own needs and behaviors and to be able to take them into account.

What are the advantages of the app?

The Kalmeda app guides those affected through a program specially tailored to tinnitus and in line with the guidelines. In the end, there is a better way of dealing with the tinnitus. Different techniques for relaxation and mindfulness are learned. The program lasts nine to 12 months. During the duration of the program, contact with psychologists and ENT specialists is possible at any time. Since it is an app, you always have it with you and can use it at any time. As a result, it represents a sustainable way of dealing with tinnitus.

The app is registered as a medical device and listed as a digital health application. The app was developed by psychologists and ENT doctors and all of the measures it contains have been scientifically tested. The effectiveness of the app is currently being tested in a clinical study.

In short, Kalmeda offers® the first guideline-compliant solution for patients, which is both free of charge and accessible to anyone with a tablet or smartphone, regardless of time and location.

How do I get Kalmeda, the tinnitus app?

Since the app can be prescribed by the doctor, the way to the app is divided into three steps:

  1. See a doctor and receive a prescription for three-month tinnitus therapy with the Kalmeda tinnitus app.

  2. Submit the prescription to the health insurance company and receive a 16-digit activation code.

  3. Download the app in the Appstore or Playstore, Redeem the activation code and start the tinnitus therapy.

Since the code is only valid for three months, but the program runs for nine to twelve months, a total of three to four prescriptions from the doctor are required to cover the costs.

Alternatively, patients who have already been diagnosed with chronic tinnitus can contact their health insurance company directly, which will then arrange for reimbursement.

Further information on the Kalmeda Tinnitus app and how you can obtain the app on prescription can be found at www.kalmeda.de.

Last updated: April 09, 2021

Source: Lifeline | Das Gesundheitsportal by www.lifeline.de.

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