Thursday, September 28, 2006

Tinnitus retraining therapy

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 first end their negative reaction to the tinnitus sound, and then reduce and eventually end their perception of it. Because there is no known cure for tinnitus, this therapy offers hope to sufferers that are willing to take the time and make the effort to learn and implement it in their lives. It is estimated that there are 7 million in the US who suffer from this condition.

Relaxation and Meditation to relieve Tinnitus

Relaxation and meditation techniques can help some people temporarily relieve tinnitus and are particularly effective if used as part of a comprehensive treatment program that includes medication, broad-band noise generators (commonly known as white noise machines), hearing aids and other therapies, says Pawel Jastreboff, Ph.D., professor of surgery and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the University of MarylandTinnitus and Hyperacusis Center, both in Baltimore. Dr. Jastreboff says stress makes it harder for a person who has tinnitus to ignore the annoying ringing in his ears. Relaxation counteracts that.

Tics, Tinnitus, Tremor...

Tics, tremor, nistagmus, tinnitus, cramps...
...can all appear as standalone symptoms or as a consequence of a proven disease.

Tics are uncontrolled muscle twitches or sounds (blinking, clearing the throat, grimacing, sighing...). They can appear at 3 years and are often prominent between 9 and 13 years of age. They can be aggravated by stress, anxiousness or drugs like Ritalin in Attention Deficit Disorder. They can be part of Tourrette's syndrome which runs in families, but it still hasn't a clear cause. Tics in most cases vanish until early adulthood.

This occasional and stress related nature of tics strongly suggests a psychic origin. But it is also interesting how tics stop - children being solved their psychic troubles or not.

Tinnitus on the other side usually starts in adults.

Few tinnitus sufferers had tics in childhood. It seems that the cause - which is obviously not organ-fixed - remained, only the symptom changed. Other symptoms with possibly psychic origin: tremor (as shaking or shivering), nistagmus (rapid eye movements), behavior or speech disorders, depression, anxiousness, asthma, allergies, phobias, panic attacks, cramps, palpitations, digestion/bowel problems, peptic ulcer, headache, migraine, backache, muscle/bones pains, angina pectoris.