Tinnitus Treatment Options
Tinnitus comes from the Latin word for “ringing”. As a medical term, it refers to a chronic ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is a symptom rather than a specific condition, so there are a variety of treatment options available depending on the underlying cause of your tinnitus.
Purpose of Treatment
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (or TRT) is a form of behavioral therapy with the end goal of helping the patient to better cope with their tinnitus. In essence, TRT involves training patients to perceive the ringing differently.
On analogy to TRT is living near a railroad track. At first, the noise of passing trains may be a distraction and an annoyance. After time passes, though, you may get used to the trains and not notice them anymore. This is what TRT does. It doesn’t make the ringing go away, but it helps patients find ways to make it a normal part of everyday life.