- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521088372
- ISBN-13: 978-0521088374
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tinnitus Retraining Therapy: Implementing the Neurophysiological Model 1st Edition
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"This is a thought-provoking and stimulating book for dipping into, for referring to, for speed-reading and for reading thoroughly from cover to cover. It will be a useful addition to the shelves of professionals who work with people with tinnitus." Val Tait
"Rigorous and Practical" British Society of Audiology
This book presents a definitive description and justification for the Jastreboff neurophysiological model of tinnitus, outlining the essentials of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (the highly successful treatment arising from it), reviewing the research literature, and providing an expert critique of other current therapeutic practices.
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This book is an excellent resource on both tinnitus and hyperacusis, both which tend to occur in those with hearing loss. This book is meant for health care professionals and not as a do it yourself book. But you can use it to help yourself if you read the relevant parts carefully and are thoughtful and careful in your actions. Ideally you'd find a professional therapist for these problems.
Part of the therapy for tinnitus is counseling. You might be able to counsel yourself using the logic and recommendations in this book.
Another key part of the treatments for both tinnitus and hyperacusis involves the application of sound, with certain characteristics which are explained in the book. Basically it involves either pink noise or natural sounds that do not attract your attention. As others have written, there are wearable sound generators that presumably are quite expensive. But in the modern age of smart phones, anyone can download a free app or free stream to listen to pink noise via headphones. A critical aspect of this is to ensure the volume of the noise is not too loud nor too soft, either of which can make symptoms worse. This approach seems to work. The authors write the hyperacusis can obtain results in a few weeks, while tinnitus results may take months. The book explains the reasoning behind the therapy.
I got referred by an ENT to an audiologist who trained with the author.
The idea is to train the brain to ignore the tinnitus, which I have mostly as hissing. Methods include education about tinnitus (I think to get the patient to stop worrying about it, making it worse), sound therapy (hearing aids generating white noise and / or volume amplification). Silent rooms aren't good. White noise is recommended, as normal hearing people can hear hissing in a silent room. They caution not to try drowning out the tinnitus sound however.
I think my hissing is slightly better after reading the book. The audiology treatment is expensive, I haven't tried it.