Tinnitus Sufferers About TRT
When I woke up with Tinnitus the morning of January 6, 1999, I
was in a state of panic. My panic turned to fear when my doctor
said he really didn’t know anything about ringing in the ears.
He said it could be temporary, but referred me to an audiologist.
A painful 2 month wait brought me to the offices of the audiologist.
He was the first one who taught me on the word “tinnitus”
and coldly informed me it could be permanent, and that there was
nothing he could do.
My wife did hours and hours of research on the internet and found
the Canadian Hearing Association. They did tinnitus testing and
had a “lab” that perhaps could help. They put me in
a sound booth and tried to duplicate the sound using their technology
so my wife could hear the pitch. The sad news is it was off their
scales and they could not even duplicate it.
I was also diagnosed with hyperacusis. The volume of the whole
world seemed felt like a violent blow to my entire being. It physically
hurt to hear anything.
The CHA recommended a TRT program – tinnitus retraining therapy.
Basically, in simple terms, you wear ear pieces like hearing aids
that project a different sound into your ear (mine was like white
noise). The idea is that it is supposed to mask your tinnitus and
recondition your brain to get you to experience a different emotional
response. Over time you are supposed to reduce the volume of the
ear pieces until you don’t need them any more.
If you Google TRT, you’ll get a more scientific version
The question most asked is: Did it work?
In short, it didn’t work for me. That’s not to say
it will not work for you. In my case, it felt like it was another
money grab. You see, as a professional musician, I was trained to
listen to every nuance of sound since the age of 8.
To retrain my brain after 25 years of listening for sound was a
tall order I think. However, I was desperate and that’s why
I laid out the money, over three thousand dollars, and I did everything
they told me to do. I wore them as prescribed. I did my follow up
appointments, and I did the regiment to a tee.
I have heard testimonials from others that Tinnitus Retraining
Therapy did wonders for them. It was a bad investment for me. I
must confess that even after it became obvious that TRT wasn’t
going to succeed for me, that for a time I did wear one of the ear
devices on my right ear overnight because it helped me sleep at
But now I recognize it was more of a placebo affect. I wanted something
to work, and it comforted me to know that maybe this would work.
The device was like the comfort of a teddy bear to a child. It wasn’t
really reducing my tinnitus volume, nor was it fooling my brain
into a different emotional response. In short, my brain wasn’t
getting reconditioned at all.
I don’t want to infer that the Canadian Hearing Society is
not doing good work, or the TRT program is not legitimate. Maybe
it is. However, 7 or 8 years ago, when I was a TRT patient, I clearly
knew more about tinnitus than the “assistant” on hand.
And I found the audiologist lacked empathy. My personal assessment
of the entire program was that it was strictly based on the mechanics
of the device, rather than the entire well-being of the patient.
I believe that a human being is made up of 4 essential parts: emotional,
spiritual, physical and mental. You can’t cure a human being
strictly on the physical realm. You need to deal with the complete
human being which includes the four essential parts of the human
experience. If you want to get the optimal results for your well-being,
then you must examine and heal the entire human being, not just
his/her physical being.
And until there is a program that deals with all 4 quadrants of
the entire human being, the tinnitus won’t be isolated and
cured. That is how I won my fight over tinnitus and I know it’s
how you can win yours.
Paul Tobey is a professional concert pianist and motivational speaker
who has performed many seminars for ringing
ears sufferers and is author of Tinnitus Free Living a Tinnitus
Handbook Self Help Guide which helps people reduce their tinnitus
volume. To download Paul's latest seminar please here - tinntius