Tinnitus can be discouraging for a large amount of reasons. First, it’s extremely subjective and varies on a case by case basis. You can’t show anyone what the ringing sounds like, you can’t show anyone how loud it is, and you can’t show anyone how bothersome it is.
Second, there’s no one true, objective way to measure tinnitus. You simply aren’t able to, for example, go into the doctor’s office, get blood drawn, and get diagnosed with the condition.
Third, we still don’t have a complete understanding of how exactly tinnitus works. As such, our understanding of the causes and treatment options remain less than perfect.
This is all frustrating, of course to anyone dealing with tinnitus. Anybody affected should not be hopeless, however. In fact, despite the many frustrations, people with tinnitus can demonstrate a great amount of improvement with their symptoms when following the right treatment plan.
Throughout this article, we’ll be discussing one treatment option in particular, known as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), that has proven to be particularly effective. To understand how TRT works, you first have to understand the two parts of the tinnitus condition.
The Two Parts to Tinnitus
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external sound source is present. We can break tinnitus down into two parts:
The actual sound – usually noted as a ringing sound, this can also be perceived as a buzzing sound, hissing sound, whistling sound, swooshing sound, or clicking sound.
The emotional reaction – the perception of the loudness and character of the sound and the disruption it causes to everyday life.
The most effective remedy of tinnitus therefore requires addressing both parts, which is the underlying rationale of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.
Take Action and Silence Your Tinnitus
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is effective because it leads to habituation on both fronts, both in terms of the actual sound and in terms of the emotional and behavioral responses.
While there is no known cure for tinnitus, you can mitigate the symptoms with the right plan and some perseverance. As your tinnitus is masked and the brain is trained to ignore it, you’ll be able to better cope with the sounds and improve your quality of life.