What Is Tinnitus Retraining Treatment For?

Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a type of treatment suitable for people who suffer from tinnitus. It is a new type of treatment, that is based strongly on counseling. Essentially, the counseling is designed to stop patients from responding negatively to the tinnitus sound. The goal is for patients to eventually no longer perceive the sound at all. A technique known as sound enrichment is also used for this. Indeed, it has now been proven that this is an effective method, as it works directly with the neutral signals in the ear. During therapy, patients will be exposed to background noise from a noise generator. One of the biggest benefits of this type of therapy is that it causes no negative side effects. Also, once the therapy has achieved its goals, patients only need to come for a checkup every six months. Hence, there are only very low expenses associated with continuous treatment. It is possible to see a 100% improvement if TRT is combined with other treatments like hearing aids.

If you are considering using TRT, it can be very useful to have a basic level of understanding of the science behind it. People are advised to look into the Jastreboff model and the Heller and Bergman experiment to gain greater scientific understanding of TRT. It is through these two pieces that we know that combining sound therapy and counseling is incredibly effective. In order to understand the particular mechanics behind this, specific training is required. Hence, specialists do require specific TRT training in order to deliver the therapy, and a lot of interest in this training is currently being generated.

Tinnitus is a very complicated condition. Sufferers of tinnitus have some form of abnormal neural activity. More specifically, it is caused by inner and outer damage to hair cells. Interestingly, having tinnitus does not mean suffering from tinnitus. This means it can remain undetected for a full lifetime. Unfortunately, in those who do truly suffer, the effects are quite horrible. It is common for those who suffer from it to experience concentration problems, anxiety, panic attacks, annoyance and sleep disturbance. It is interesting to see that what is essentially an auditory problem leads to so many psychological problems. It is for this reason that TRT is generating so much interest. It seems logical that if an illness has psychological symptoms, treatment should be focused on that as well. Although research into TRT needs to continue, as it is, the results that have been observed so far through patient feedback and incredibly promising.