If you are a tinnitus sufferer then you are probably willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of that annoying ringing or buzzing in your ears. There are many treatments you can try. However, if you have tried just about everything out there you may need to consider tinnitus retraining therapy.
Tinnitus retraining therapy is a program in which you get your ears and brain used to the ringing or buzzing in your ears. It can be done because your brain can acclimate to almost any sound. Think about people who live near an airport or railroad track. Over time their brain no longer pays attention to the noise of the airplane or the trains. It simply does not bother these individuals anymore.
So what do you need to do to make your tinnitus retraining therapy successful? First of all, you need to accept this type of program can work. Once you convince yourself of this your mind will become more open to the possibility of success. One thing you must remember about tinnitus retraining therapy. It is not an overnight remedy. In most cases, it can take a year to eighteen months to get complete relief. So you have got to be patient with this type of therapy.
Tinnitus retraining therapy consists of two types of treatments. One treatment includes using a neutral sound to counteract the tinnitus. This can be classical music, white noise or the sounds of nature. The choice is yours. However, it must be something you like because you will be playing this sound everywhere you go for the next twelve to eighteen months.
It is important that you put this sound at a level which you can hear it and still hear the tinnitus. This is critical to allow your brain to get used to the tinnitus sound.
Another part of the tinnitus retraining therapy includes counseling. This is a very important component of the therapy because it will allow you to learn more about your condition and the emotional symptoms it can cause. During counseling you will be encouraged to talk about the tinnitus, how it makes you feel, what makes it worse and various other things. Once you are able to open up and really dig deep into these emotions associated with this annoying ringing in your ears your mind will be better equipped to overcome the symptoms of tinnitus.
Tinnitus retraining therapy is not a cure for tinnitus. The ringing in your ears will always be there. However, the goal of the therapy is to teach your brain to ignore this ringing. Much like you don’t hear your refrigerator motor kick on, or you no longer hear the traffic outside your window, you will no longer hear the tinnitus. It takes time and it takes a lot of work but the results will be worth it.