Just a quick share of this interesting research.
I’m so excited that science is becoming better able to track what is actually happening when people experience tinnitus. It is such a distressing condition. Many people come up against impatience and dismissive recommendations to ‘just accept it’ – it’s about time that decent research and evidence became headline news. It’s the only way people will really begin to understand what it is and what type of interventions are most likely to succeed.
I am incredibly proud that my approach is already informed by research which similarly shows that in addition to the auditory triggers and perception of the sound, there are non-auditory processes at play in other areas of the brain too – for example with regards to emotion (limbic area) and attention. Too often interventions for tinnitus focus only on the sound itself and miss the vital distinction between the noise itself and the mechanisms that promote it within the broader system.
That’s what makes my approach different and, in my humble opinion, so much better! Research and clinical experience shows that there are ways that people can exercise control over non-auditory aspects of their tinnitus and thus can change how it impacts their life – even to the point where natural habituation can begin and the sound may be relegated to background noise. Much like people who live next to a railway line yet learn not to notice the sound of the trains anymore.