A great way of learning to ‘tune out’ from tinnitus is using sound therapy. Many people find that sound therapy is an effective tool for managing their tinnitus every day. While it may sound complicated or expensive, sound therapy is a term for using different sounds to help take your attention away from your tinnitus.
Habituation is the process by which we become used to something. When we habituate to tinnitus, we become less annoyed, frustrated, and bothered by the tinnitus and learn to interpret it as just another noise to blend into the background.
Over the years, sound therapy has typically been introduced using hearing aids, sound generators, or masking devices. Many people have also used mundane household items, like a fan, the TV, or the radio to introduce background noise to help ‘drown out’ their tinnitus. Although these devices and techniques have helped many people, with the advancements in audio technology over the years, there are many other ways to introduce sound therapy into your daily routine that offer a lot more flexibility and convenience.
Importantly, the effectiveness of tinnitus treatment is significantly enhanced when sound therapy is paired with counseling, as revealed by a 2009 study by Mckenna et al. This research reveals that integrating counseling with sound therapy often yields more substantial improvements than sound therapy in isolation. This underscores the vital role of mental and emotional well-being in managing tinnitus. The combined approach appears to be more effective, primarily because it addresses the psychological factors underlying tinnitus. If you are seeking relief from tinnitus, this insight is pivotal, advocating for a holistic treatment strategy that encompasses both sound therapy and psychological counseling for optimal results.
If you're seeking relief from tinnitus, this discovery is crucial. It suggests that a holistic treatment plan, which includes both sound therapy and psychological counseling, can lead to optimal outcomes. To explore this approach further and understand how it can benefit you, consider booking a complimentary 15-minute consultation with a tinnitus coach at MindEar Tinnitus Consultation. This consultation could be your first step towards a more effective and comprehensive tinnitus treatment strategy.
At MindEar, we're dedicated to offering scientifically-supported solutions tailored to effectively manage your tinnitus. In the MindEar app you will find an extensive library of soundscapes. Each soundscape is adjustable, empowering you to discover the sound therapy that resonates best with your needs. What sets our app apart is the ability to fine-tune your preferred soundscape. You can adjust various elements of the soundscape, including different frequencies and sound patterns, allowing for a personalized auditory experience.
But our support doesn't stop at sound therapy. MindEar also incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques within the app. These tools are designed to help you take control of your tinnitus, equipping you with strategies to live your life without the constant awareness of your condition. Join us on your journey to tinnitus management with MindEar, where we guide you towards a life of greater comfort and control over your symptoms.
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Mckenna, L., & Irwin, R. (2008). Sound therapy for tinnitus–sacred cow or idol worship?: An investigation of the evidence. Audiological Medicine, 6(1), 16-24.