How to use this site
The site has been moved to a new host because of massive downloads by visitors! I have reformatted and added material especially in the download section. I have tried to keep the structure familiar and much of the text has not changed. Interestingly it is still accurate. On Jan 1st 2015 we have converted the site to .php and added new interactive features. Bear with us while we debug this!
During reconstruction you may need to ‘refresh’ your web page to get the right links.
The mechanism of hearing, tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance (DST) is complicated, as the brain is complicated. Learning how it works is an important part of TRT and we have tried to make it as simple as we can. So be patient, and read slowly and carefully; try not to ‘skim’!
The information has to be generic, or general, and everyone has a different experience. However if you read everything, we believe you will find pointers which will help each and every one of you. Consider getting the book which is written to be accessible to patients as well as professional.
Starting off with the conselling session can be good for those who don’t like reading. It contains a recording of the sort of session that I would use with each new patient, using illustrations to help with understanding how the brain works and how tinnitus and DST occurs.
Most people will need to have at least some help from a TRT trained audiologist, especial when instruments need to be fitted (hearing aids or wearable sound generators). However we think that 10-15% can achieve habituation of their tinnitus using the site material alone. Even if you are working with a professional, it can help to increase your understanding and reduce visits.
Most people need proof that a new or different treatment will work. For this reason we have provided a download page selection of scientific papers written by our team, and by others who have helped to develop TRT. They are technical, but can be very helpful.
It is important to get checked out by an ear specialist. Not all ENTs are interested in ear conditions, especially tinnitus and DST. Some of my retired ENT colleagues were actively dismissive! Do some research before making an appointment. Usually the audiology deprtment near you will point you in the right direction. Ask if they use TRT. The ENT secretary is also the font of all knowledge! The list of TRT practitioners on this site (help near you) is very hard to keep up to date but we do our best.