Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
The treatment we use is called TRT. This treatment can be credited to the work of its originators Drs Jastreboff and Hazel who established it worldwide with the first clinical trials in 1990. It is now the treatment that has been most successful in over 30 countries around the world.
TRT involves an extensive audiological evaluation, several counselling sessions, the use of external sound, and frequently the use of sound devices. It does not involve any surgery or drugs.
Unfortunately, in the past a common response to a complaint of tinnitus was “nothing can be done” or “you’ll have to learn to live with it”. However, presently there is an exciting new treatment for tinnitus called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Dr Pawel Jastreboff (from the United States) developed TRT based on over 10 years of tinnitus research.
The goal of TRT is that the patient will habituate to the tinnitus sound. We habituate to sound everyday, for example, we do not hear the sound of our refrigerator motor whilst watching television, that is we can effectively “tune out” to it. Therefore, patients who have undergone successful treatment with TRT often report that they can only hear their tinnitus if they concentrate on hearing it, and if they do hear their tinnitus they are not bothered by it. The tinnitus is then treated as a “neutral” signal.
There are a number of ways an individual can avoid silence.
The developers of TRT do not maintain that TRT is the only treatment available for tinnitus patients. However, worldwide results suggesting an improvement in 80% of cases suggest that it is working exceedingly well.
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