Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
Tinnitus (sounds in the ears that are perceived without an external source) is a very common condition, affecting nearly 20% of the population. However, bothersome tinnitus affects around 4% of the total population. Unfortunately, many are told that they will learn to live with it. This can be very discouraging. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) can help these individuals obtain a significant improvement (more than 80%). This treatment uses a combination of low-level, broadband noise and counseling to achieve habituation of this tinnitus. In other words, the individual is no longer aware of their tinnitus, only if they are to focus their attention to it, and even then, it is not bothersome or annoying.
Of note, hyperacusis can also occur in individuals with tinnitus (around 40% of the time). Hyperacusis is described as a decreased sound tolerance of sound which can be very troubling. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy can partially or totally restore normal sensitivity to sound.