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Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) is a form of habituation therapy designed to help persons who suffer from tinnitus (ringing ears).
TRT uses counselling to explain to the patient how a combination of tinnitus retraining and sound enrichment can end their negative reaction to the tinnitus sound, and then reduce and eventually end their perception of it. Frequently, noise generators are used in TRT to provide a background noise level. This therapy offers hope to sufferers who are willing to take the time and make the effort to learn and implement it.
A basic understanding of the Jastreboff model, the Heller and Bergman experiment, and how sound is perceived in the auditory cortex via the subconscious auditory neuronal networks are helpful starting points for someone wishing to begin working with TRT.
- ↑ tinnitus masker, how to use it? Clinton/
- ↑ Jastreboff PJ. Tinnitus Habituation Therapy (THT) and Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT). Tinnitus Handbook. San Diego: Singular, 2000;357-76
- Phillips JS, McFerran D. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) for tinnitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010 (In-Press).