Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

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On January 18, 2016, Posted by , In Ear Conditions - Hearing, With Comments Off on Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Quiet the noise once and for all . . .

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy involves a thorough hearing and ear evaluation, a series of directive counseling sessions and the use of sound therapy.  This technique retrains the subconscious to ignore the tinnitus sound through demystifying and explaining the cause of the tinnitus and providing an external source of sound for people to direct their attention toward.  This all results in learning to ignore the associated noise (ringing, buzzing, hissing, humming, etc) of tinnitus.

Positive results are often achieved in a few months and more than 80% of patients report significant improvement after 18 to 24 months.

People who suffer from tinnitus can think of nothing else.  It takes over their lives and can lead to sleep deprivation, isolation, job loss and depression. —- all of which make the tinnitus worse.

Simply put, tinnitus is a noise inside your head that does not have an external source.

It is a phantom noise.  People may describe it as a ring, buzz, hum, crickets, hiss, or many other sounds.  It may be present all the time or only occasionally.  It may be a consistent sound or it may fluctuate.
Tinnitus can have a number of causes such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • Neck and Shoulder Problem

Most long-term tinnitus is a result of damage to the ear.

This may be from noise exposure, aging, certain diseases, medications, chemical exposure, and a number of other factors.

There is help! 
Many people who suffer from tinnitus have been told there is nothing that can be done and they will just have to learn to live with it.
This sense of feeling doomed to a life of constant noise with no relief adds to the severity of the perception of the tinnitus and often coexists with depression.
The good news is there is something that can be done.  The treatment is called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).  Meridian Hearing Centre has been using this approach successfully for several years.
It does not involve any miracle drug or natural remedy (none of these have been shown to be of any value despite what the Internet says). That is not to say that a good balanced diet is not beneficial.  The ear is a high metabolic user and so any food or supplement that improves blood flow, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol can improve ear function and reduce the possibility of tinnitus.