Balance and Control

2015-02-10

Balance and Control

Managing tinnitus and sound sensitivity is all about balance and control. In a windy environment, you have to lean in to push through the wind, but not lean in too far otherwise you will fall over. When balancing on a board, your core stability and other senses help you gain balance as you control the amount of weight distributed between your legs.

Tinnitus patients have difficulty balancing the reaction of the brain to certain sounds, throwing off the ratio of perception and spending time evaluating sounds that now have meaning. Once focused on a sound that may be disturbing, patients with tinnitus have to learn how to habituate and desensitize to interfering sounds. Using sound treatments can help them control the reaction and ratio of what is bothersome. Others that have sound sensitivity issues have to learn to control their reactions in environments as well as relinquish control of sounds in the environment. Teaching the brain how to reorganize takes steps and sound therapy can help.

Dr. Phillips uses both sound generators and music exercises to guide a patient in to managing sounds and the reaction of the brain to these sounds. Her methods incorporate protocols within a tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) program, which is based on the neurophysiological model of how sounds are interpreted in the brain. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office for more information.

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