At first glance you might wonder why ISN is involved with the study and treatment of tinnitus. Why would a psychology institute work in this field?
It’s well known that tinnitus is a common condition involving the hearing of noises, ringing, humming, whistling, roaring or buzzing in the absence of external sound. In fact, tinnitus isn’t a disease in itself, but a symptom which can have many different causes.
As to the effect, tinnitus can cause distress, anxiety, irritability, interference with sleep, poor concentration and depression. All of these are the business of ISN. And while there is currently no cure for tinnitus, psychological treatment is paramount in teaching clients to adjust and cope with the condition.
The latest research indicates that anxiety impacts upon the brain’s noise cancellation systems. Therefore, at the ISN Clinic, we focus on the link between tinnitus and anxiety, using comprehensive assessment and management techniques to alleviate the distress associated with tinnitus.
The ISN Clinic provides individually tailored treatment programs using evidence-based clinical practices. While clients will predominantly engage with one psychologist, tinnitus cases will be reviewed by the psychology team. This team includes Professor Antonio Paolini, an internationally recognised researcher in the field of hearing who has worked with the developers of the bionic ear.
So, to return to the original question, tinnitus is a natural fit for the endeavours of ISN’s researchers and clinicians.