Tinnitus E-Programme

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for TinnitusIncludes 1-1 supportExperience improvements in weeksA comprehensive clinical interventionNo 'Tips & Tricks' that don't work long termFor moderate, severe & very severe tinnitus distressResults maintained long term

Neuroscience & CBT Protocol developed for Severe & Very Severe Tinnitus Distress
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From Tom in Finland
Q: How has the neuroscience-based learning about the amygdala, autonomic ladder and brain plasticity helped you to relate to your experience of tinnitus, anxiety and stress?
A: "They have made me realize that I am not just a victim, that I can actually affect how I feel, what I can do to change my mental and physical state."
Outcomes using the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) measure
Published 10th September 2022

Published outcomes are for the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme with TWO 1-1 appointments. Outcomes are consistent, reliable, and now this process has been used for two years, have proven to be sustainable:
Additional Outcomes include those for tinnitus distress using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), the GAD-7 and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire (ASQ) for anxiety

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The CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme with TWO 1-1 appointments is by far the most popular, and the most commonly recommended option
  • Enrolment includes 1-1 appointments
  • Weekly SITREP
  • Email support
  • Logs
  • Interactive tools
  • Other options include
  • The average user starts out stating they are consciously aware of tinnitus 80% or more of their time awake
  • The average user finishes the course stating they are consciously aware of tinnitus 10% or less of their time awake
  • When tinnitus bothers you for 15 minutes every day, spend 15 minutes every day DOING something about it two and a half minutes at a time

The CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme is for tinnitus distress INCLUDING anxiety
and mood

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Tinnitus E-Programme
Neuroscience and CBT Protocol

The CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme is a 12 part comprehensive clinical intervention combining individual 1-1 support and Internet-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (iCBT) as recommended in the UK NICE Guidelines, 2020

The Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) is a self-report questionnaire measuring severity and impact of tinnitus. Developed by Meikle et al (2012), it is the measure recommended in the UK NICE Guidelines, 2020

The TFI is used when starting the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme, repeated at Stage 6 and again at the end of the process

CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme
  • Uses a Neuroscience & CBT protocol developed for severe and very severe tinnitus distress
  • The protocol combines polyvagal informed neuro-psychotherapy and associated neuroscience, behavioural and cognitive therapy with a focus on 3rd wave CBT
  • The Neuroscience & CBT Protocol enables the user to separate having tinnitus from being distressed by tinnitus
  • The cognitive therapy used enables psychological flexibility, developing and deepening a recovery-oriented perspective. This is wholly different to 2nd wave CBT that is problem-oriented and thought-focused
  • Includes a 6 week course of Autogenic Relaxation Training - a powerful relaxation method
  • With three 1-1 appointments: cost £325 (or 6 monthly instalments of £55) | View course
  • With two 1-1 appointments: cost £250 (or 2 monthly instalments of £130) | View course
  • With one 1-1 appointment: cost £175 | View course
  • Standard version: 1-1 appointments can be added separately: cost £149 | View course

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Tinnitus E-Programme

Neuroscience and CBT Protocol
The protocol used in this course has been developed and implemented over time by Debbie Featherstone. The CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme is UNIQUE. It is designed for those distressed by tinnitus, simultaneously providing a cognitive, behavioural framework that enables users to reduce co-existing symptoms such as: anxiety (general anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety, panic, trauma), low mood/depressed,  sleep problems, whether these are pre-existing to, or since tinnitus onset. With some 30 years experience, a Hearing Therapist and qualified Psychotherapist, Debbie draws on her experience to bring a process - tried and tested in an online format since 2009 - as a comprehensive course of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Tinnitus in to mainstream healthcare  

The course has a strong historical evidence base of effectiveness over 14 years of being used online, including independent evaluation of the original online Tinnitus E-Programme conducted by NIHR NHBRC completed in 2017

Easy to use
Reference to ease of use can be found in the reviews by users of the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme - see Reviews in the menu

Great interaction
Everything from Progress Checks at the start of each new module, to the incorporated 1-1 appointments with Debbie, to the logs, interactive bespoke CBT tools and email support

Low Cost - High Value
For £175, £250 or £325 (or 6 monthly payments of £55) you have access to a structured, comprehensive programme of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tailored specifically to mitigate the experience of tinnitus distress, provided by a fully qualified and highly experienced Hearing Therapy clinician dual qualified in Psychotherapy. ONE, TWO or THREE 1-1 appointments (using Zoom) are included   

Those using the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme feel genuinely supported throughout the course. Meeting Debbie 1-1 near the beginning of your course puts you in touch directly with her, and the opportunity to ask any questions you want to. The comments received include "It's so nice to feel a real person is guiding me through all this". Equally, you always have email contact, so anything you find concerning, all you need do is send an email and you will ALWAYS receive a reply

Past Users of CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme - A Year On

Long after completing the course, the results are maintained and even improved upon:

Dean, UK: Initial THI score 98% - final review 22%
A year after Dean completed the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme, his progress is stable, THI score is 20% and here’s his One Year On review:

“I still carry out daily breathing exercises as my anxiety and stress are triggers. Debbie's counselling always reminds me of the true meaning of tinnitus which helps me on difficult days. My life thanks to Debbie is now much more enjoyable and I cope better with the bad days . I now achieve periods of calm which has benefited me from almost silence at times. Debbie has helped my healing process and I revisit my notes to help me in stressful and anxious periods.” (2020)

Kathy, USA: Initial THI score 68% - final review 20%
A year after Kathy completed the CBT for Tinnitus E-Programme, her progress is stable, THI score is 18% and here's her One Year On review:

"One thing that I have gotten a lot better at is reminding myself that this is not dangerous, there is nothing to fight, that it can't hurt me and that it can just be there in the background without making me upset or afraid. I hardly ever talk about it at all which I think is good. And I am happy to be not dependent on the sound generators any more. I do at times still get frustrated that it isn't completely gone or that it makes it hard at times to relax or makes it hard to hear someone but it is waaaaay less than before. I know that the more I believe it's "no big deal" the better. I do everything I want now and I have benefited from my mantras that all sounds are ok/safe and sounds can't hurt me. I do my breathing daily and am getting regular exercise which I think also helps with sleep and stress. You have helped me SO much." (2019)
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