Tinnitus Retraining Therapy

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by Jim, Mar 11, 2011.

    1. Ctw

      Ctw Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you Michael!
       
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    2. Stocktrader86

      Stocktrader86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      cold/flu
      What is the difference between using a "sound device" and using headphones from an iPhone, or noise cancelling headphones? Please advise...

      Also, does anyone have any experience with TRT?

      Finally, this may be a dumb question, but does anyone know if it makes a difference treating one or both of your ears with TRT? Please advise... for example, if you start listening to pink noise... can you do it ONLY in the affected ear? I haven't seen any articles addressing this.
       
    3. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Stocktrader86

      I have had TRT twice with good results. It is a specialist treatment which has to be done with a Hearing Therapist or Audiologist. It involves wearing two white noise generators and having regular counselling. The treatment can take up to two years to complete. It is not a treatment you can do yourself or use an iPhone or any type of headphones.

      Click on the links below and read my articles on tinnitus.

      Michael

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/what-is-trt-and-when-should-it-be-started.19024/

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/trt-as-i-see-it.19555/
       
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    4. Stocktrader86

      Stocktrader86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      cold/flu
      @Michael Leigh how do you find an audiologist to do it? And does it have to be Neuromonics?
       
    5. slc

      slc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Hi there, I have gone through TRT twice. The devices are absurdly expensive. The counselling portion is worth it if your anxiety is sky high and you really need the support. Otherwise reading Jastreboff or even searching TRT online might be sufficient.

      As someone pointed out above the generators provide sound enrichment, the counselling provides insight.

      In my view it was impossible to habituate to the catastrophic sound I was hearing but over the last seven years it has come down to a kind of general hissing on many days.

      In terms of sleeping, I am able to wear the sound generators, which I do on bad nights. I also created a playlist of music that lasts for about an hour. It’s generally made up of soothing mellow folk music. At one point I was also using hypnosis tapes as part of the playlist but no longer.

      And I did find one trick. If I wake up in the morning and the tinnitus is bad, if I play music through earbuds and fall back asleep, about 50% of the time my tinnitus improves a great deal.

      My entire regimen is much longer. It includes Ayurvedic formula made up of a bunch of herbs prescribed by an Ayurvedic practitioner, Acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy, hypnosis that I did for about two years, before bed 10 mg of melatonin, one and a half milligrams of Klonopin, 30 mg of Celexa, 300 mg of gabapentin, Valerian or good night sleep tea that contains Valerian.

      At the beginning the tinnitus was at the level of a police whistle blowing directly in my ear and I thought it was more than I could endure. I lost 30 pounds and was not able to sleep more than an hour or two for months.

      Somehow I made it through, and things are way way better although still challenging on certain days.

      You spoke of the sound changing and that might be due to the sound generators but it might’ve happened on its own. During my first six months the sound changed quite a bit. I had the trifecta which was three sounds at once: A high-pitched whistle combined with a tonal sound combined with something like crickets.

      Check to see if you have hyperacusis or hypersensitivity to sound as this can also be a big problem.

      Good luck
      Stephan
       
    6. slc

      slc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      @Stocktrader86 in terms of TRT the sound devices are supposed to be in both ears and at a pretty equal setting. I was counselled against using it in one ear. Also the setting is supposed to be below the level of the tinnitus so you can habituate. Good luck with whatever you choose.
       

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