One of the most common methods of tinnitus relief is the tinnitus retraining, a form of clinical tinnitus treatment that works on setting the patient’s mindset so that his or her attention will not be focused on the disturbing sounds caused by tinnitus. This treatment method is based on the principle that human perception forms the actions of the human body.
Tinnitus retraining follows the basic concept of eliminating the adverse perceptions about the tinnitus condition in the sufferer’s mind by helping him/her become aware of what’s causing his/her condition. Through the treatment’s counseling sessions, the sufferer will be taught of different methods to lessen his/her focus on his or her present condition.
Tinnitus retraining aims to reduce the sufferer’s fear of something that does not exist, make him or her become aware of the different recovery possibilities, and inform him or her available remedies that he or she can use in case of inevitable hearing loss.
The tinnitus retraining therapist achieves the above-mentioned objectives by asking the patient to undergo sound and counseling therapy which aims to divert his/her attention to other external sounds instead of focusing on the tinnitus sounds such as hissing, buzzing, or ringing sounds in the ears. Proponents of this tinnitus treatment method based this concept on the ability of the brain to learn, relearn, and ignore whatever the mind perceived as irrelevant.
Here’s the outline of the tinnitus retraining:
1. The Initial Session of TRT
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. Tinnitus Masker Fitting
The second session involves asking the patient to choose the type of masker to use for his white noise, which is one important part of this treatment method. There are two basic forms of tinnitus masker: an earphone-like device or a desktop device. Additionally, the type of white noise that will be produced will first be asked from the patient as this depends mainly on the patient’s preference.
3. TRT Post Treatment Analysis
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.