04 Nov 2020

Oto: Life Beyond Tinnitus

By Will Spurr

It’s time to meet the amazing founders on our Autumn 2020 programme. These eight change-making teams are using tech to address major social and environmental problems. First up, Oto, the tinnitus management tool.

 

Oto Fact File: 

 

Founders: Edmund Farrar and George Leidig

Mission: To help the 350 million people with tinnitus around the world by providing accessible and effective treatment

Impact Theme: Healthy lives

SDGs:  3.8 

 

 

Introducing: Oto 

 

Tinnitus refers to hearing sounds – usually ringing – where no external source is present. It’s estimated to affect over one in eight people, and can be debilitating if not properly managed. Oto combines medical expertise with evidence-based digital therapeutics tools to empower users to effectively manage their tinnitus and tune in to what matters. 

 

How does it work? The Oto app provides accessible treatment through a tailored blend of all known effective tinnitus management therapies, including a progressive course of cognitive behavioural therapy, targeted mindfulness, relaxation therapy and education. This is delivered on a free-to-download app that will, in time, weave in premium content and offerings. There is no cure for tinnitus, but learning to live with it can feel like tuning out the sound of a car or a plane on a long journey. Keeping it under control can free up headspace and significantly improve quality of life. To learn more about how Oto fits into existing tinnitus treatments, check out their insightful blog

 

Oto was founded by medics Edmund Farrar and George Leidig. Through personal experience and careers in the armed forces, tinnitus is a condition they know inside out. The Oto team has grown to include Otologists (hence the name), an audio engineer, a voice actor, a therapist, content specialists and researchers. Together, they’re working at the moment on finessing the app development, expanding their content base and reaching out to new audiences. 

 

If you want to get involved with Oto’s mission to help people live life beyond tinnitus, you can download the beta version of their app, follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Check out their website for more information about their work and get in touch with them directly. They’re specifically on the lookout for people living with tinnitus to download the free beta version of their app and provide them with constructive feedback.

 

Photo credits: César Coutu