Tinnitus is a type of ringing in the ears that is common, especially in the elderly. Treatments in removing tinnitus are not very successful but tinnitus retraining is a therapy that may help deal with the condition.
Studies show that the key difference between sufferers of tinnitus is not how loud the perceived sound is or the pitch. It is the perception of the sound and how much it irritates the Silencil person. Some people seem to adapt to the sound better than others. What retraining seeks to do is to help the person adjust to the ringing.
Some sounds are meant to alert us to danger or things we need to be aware of. Certain sounds will generate a negative response or stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Most people are able to get used to tinnitus and not notice it. For others, the tinnitus stimulates a negative response and they are unable to get used to it.
On top of this, the continued irritation can lead to depression as well as fears. Some people are afraid they are having a mental breakdown or may have a tumor, for example. Many doctors do not know about tinnitus retraining so may advise that nothing can be done which increases the frustration of the patient.
Because being in silence tends to make tinnitus even more irritating, tinnitus retraining uses a low level sound that is perceived as neutral. By focusing on this sound, tinnitus sufferers are gradually able to be retrained so that the tinnitus no longer bothers them.