A team of Auckland audiologists have developed a therapeutic app which trains the brain to ‘de-focus’ on the bothersome soundtrack of tinnitus, RNZ reports. Tinnitus usually begins with hearing damage and the experience of it is very different from person to person, says Dr Grant Searchfield. For some sufferers, it is so distressing their quality of life is affected. The new app helps people relax with the sounds by understanding what tinnitus is and what it’s not. “If you understand tinnitus you’re on a good pathway to actually defeating it.”