Tinnitus Retraining Therapy ("TRT"), also know as habituation therapy (its original name) or as the Jastreboff protocol, or Habituation Therapy, is a relatively new approach to the management of tinnitus and of hyperacusis. It was developed by a world-renowned neurophysiologist, Doctor Pawell Jastreboff.
In studies involving over 800 patients, he reported an 80+% success rate. Other studies have independently reported success rates ranging from 70-85%.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is based on strong neurophysiological evidence that any person can habituate to acoustic sensations.
When a patient combines the constant use of special sound generators, carefully manipulates his or her acoustic environment, and receives and participates in proper counseling, habituation usually occurs within 18 to 24 months. This is not to suggest that the tinnitus disappears. Rather, it is no longer perceived at the conscious level of awareness. The sound generators are housed in a small, ear-level casing coupled with an open earmold. This configuration does not interfere with the patient's ability to hear.
A thorough discussion of Tinnitus RetrainingTherapy is available from Dr. Jastreboff's web site (click on "Origin of TRT" and "Outline of TRT" on the left side of the page). You are also welcome to visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page. Click that tab on the top of this page.
Dr. Olsson has received training in TRT from Dr. Jastreboff. By closely implementing the TRT protocol, the California Tinnitus Center has replicated the general success rate that Dr. Jastreboff and others have reported.