The Covid-19 pandemic has made living with tinnitus more challenging. The pandemic has led to increased social isolation, staying at home, and stress around healthcare. All of these factors can negatively impact someone struggling with tinnitus, according to Pure Tinnitus.
Pure Tinnitus Group Coaching teaches monthly workshops from an audiologist with the support of a positive online community. The monthly Zoom sessions are designed to teach tinnitus management fundamentals: cognitive behavioral techniques, sound therapy, sleep habits, stress management, and relaxation exercises.
The program was created by Dr Ben Thompson, AuD, who has completed years of research into existing tinnitus telehealth resources, according to the announcement. Thompson found that although there were plenty of tinnitus apps and local support groups, the tinnitus apps “lacked the personal touch to be able to ask questions and have them answered quickly and existing support groups typically “did not systematically teach how to get better.”
Telehealth has helped to “rapidly expand accessibility to healthcare,” as individuals with tinnitus have historically been restricted to services within their local area. Today, patients have access to various online programs that can help them better manage their tinnitus.
Dr Ben Thompson is an audiologist and tinnitus expert and the founder of PureTinnitus.com. He decided to specialize in tinnitus management because of his interests in mindfulness, music, and psychology. He completed his residency at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is a past board member of the California Academy of Audiology. Via telehealth, Dr Thompson provides tinnitus retraining therapy online. He hosts a YouTube channel, podcast, and tinnitus group coaching program to help individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus.
Source: Pure Tinnitus
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