If you are suffering from tinnitus, you must have already heard about tinnitus retraining as it is one of the most common forms of tinnitus treatment. This treatment method deals with the condition through mindset training to sidetrack the patient’s attention so he or she would not focus on the annoying tinnitus sounds. This method of treatment is based on the concept that humans form their habits through their perception.
The principle behind the tinnitus retraining method is to eliminate the patient’s negative and adverse perceptions and thoughts about his or her condition by helping him or her identify the underlying problem that causes his or her tinnitus. This is done through the counseling sessions that teach the patient how to feel less affected by his condition.
The objectives of tinnitus retraining are to lessen the patient’s fear of the unknown, teach him/her the different possibilities of recovery, and give him/her different remedy ideas that he/she can use in case his/her condition leads to hearing loss.
The objectives mentioned above are achieved through the sound and counseling therapy recommended by a tinnitus retraining therapist. This therapy involves redirecting the patient’s attention to other external sounds rather than on the buzzing, hissing, and ringing sound produced by the tinnitus condition. Advocates of this form of tinnitus treatment believe on the brain’s ability to recognize what the mind classifies as irrelevant.
Here’s how the tinnitus retraining is performed:
1. The First Session
The initial session of TRT involves gathering the patient’s historical facts and using these facts to trace any possible problem that has caused this condition. This session is also the time when the doctor determines how severe the hearing impairment of the patient is as well as how tolerant the patient can is to intrusive sounds. This is also the time when the doctor assesses the patient’s medical records to ensure that the condition is not caused by any underlying health conditions like hypertension, anemia, or Mernier’s disease due to the lodging of foreign objects in the ear canals of the patient. This session also includes the evaluation of tinnitus retraining as an appropriate treatment for the patient’s condition.
2. Fitting of the Tinnitus Masker
This session involves the patient choosing his/her preferred tinnitus masker that will be producing the white noise – one of the main parts of this treatment method for tinnitus. Tinnitus maskers are available in two forms – the desktop device form and the earphone-like device form. It is also in this session that the patient chooses the white noise he/she will be using during the therapy as this is based on what the patient prefers.
3. Post Treatment Analysis of TRT
The TRT post treatment analysis is the session when the doctor evaluates how this method has helped the patient divert his or her attention from the intrusive sounds produced by the condition to other external sounds with or without the help of a tinnitus masker. One of the main objectives of the tinnitus retraining is to eliminate the stress the patient feels. This is due to the fact that stress is one of the major contributing factors of tinnitus. In this session, the doctor determines any negativity in the tinnitus condition so that it can be replaced with other methods of treatment for this condition.
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