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Hope For Tinnitus does not receive remuneration from the following list of professionals or products.  Each of the professionals are experts in their field and I value their significant contribution to the treatment, research and support of those with tinnitus.  I therefore recommend them on this site as well as the other links that I believe from my experience are reputable as a good resource.  I encourage the reader however to do their own research and to investigate the value of any of the following recommendations for their own purposes. 

American Tinnitus Association - www.ata.org

The ATA is a highly reputable source offering a wealth of information about current research, available treatment options, suggestions for coping and articles of interest.

Membership is $50 US and allows access to special member and archived information.

Sound Oasis: www.sound-oasis.com

Sound Oasis products are researched and developed by acclaimed experts in the field of sound therapy.  You may read more about their background and sound therapy products useful for:  Tinnitus, Sleep,  Stress, Relaxation, Concentration and general well-being.   You can choose from a variety of table top devices with an option to add sound cards for your listening enjoyment.

Guided Imagery: www.healthjourneys.com

Health Journeys is a site dedicated to resources for Mind, Body and Spirit.  It has a plethora of Guided Imagery CDs dedicated to those challenged with different health conditions, preparing for surgery, trauma, depression, stress, and other issues related to health and wellness.  Belleruth Naperstek is a well known expert in the field of guided imagery; which is a gentle but powerful technique intended to guide imagination and improve health and well being.  Her work is used in major hospital settings and with those suffering trauma.

Calgary Ear Center  

The Calgary Ear Centre is the first multi-disciplinary clinic of its kind in Canada. Our mission is to be a Centre of Excellence for ear disorders, including tinnitus management and vestibular conditions. In addition to maintaining my private practice, my role at the clinic is assessment of tinnitus impact and offering individual and group programs for tinnitus management. As part of the exceptional team at the Calgary Otolaryngology Group, there will be counselling for anxiety associated with dizzy and balance disorders, for chronic facial pain, sleep seminars and other programs in association with the other specialists at the clinic. Our team includes: Otolaryngologists with specialties in ear conditions, sinus conditions and facial pain, sleep disorders, allergies, vestibular physiotherapy, audiology and state of the art hearing devices.

Calgary Ear Centre     

#103, 49 Richard Way SW
Calgary, AB T3E 7M8     



LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement):

LACE is a home-based, self-paced adaptive auditory program designed to improve listening and communication skills.  LACE does not improve hearing.  Lace can improve listening.  Good listening skills are one of the essential components essential for effective communication. 

Primarily developed for people suffering from hearing loss, we have found it to be a useful adjunct to therapy for those with tinnitus as well.  With or without a hearing instrument, LACE has proven to increase listening skills up to 40%.  A high percentage of people with tinnitus also have hearing loss with both experiences creating difficulty with concentration on tasks and in social situations.  With tinnitus, it is challenging to place the sound into the background while focusing on the conversation at hand.  Many people find that they start avoiding social situations due to difficulty in this area which in time can lead to increased isolation and depression.  LACE is a fun and well researched tool for developing focusing skills that can help you feel more confident in your listening, communication and encourage you to maintain involvement socially and in your work.  

You may click on the LACE banner to receive special discounts on the product and an opportunity to do a demo before making your purchase.                

Dr Robert Sweetow

Specialty: Tinnitus

Director of Audiology at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Dr. Sweetow is a gifted clinician, teacher and researcher in the field of tinnitus and hearing loss. He has spoken internationally, written extensively in books and articles, and his research includes using a computerized training program called LACE:  Listening and Communication Enhancement


Dr Richard Tyler

Specialty: Audiology & Tinnitus Research
Professor at the University of Iowa, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Dr Tyler has done extensive research in the field of tinnitus, has written countless books and articles, and is internationally known for both his contribution and dedication to this field.  He has developed Tinnitus Activities Treatment that can be accessed online.  On the website you can download questionnaires to complete, some of which have been translated into other languages.  Dr Tyler is an excellent resource for both professionals and patients.


Tinnitus Activities Treatment  (TA)


The following abstract from Pub Med describes briefly the premise behind TAT. 

Tyler RS, Gogel SA, Gehringer AK.   

Prog Brain Res. 2007; 166: 425-34.

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. rich-tyler@uiowa.edu

Tinnitus Activities Treatment includes counseling of the whole person, and considers individual differences and needs. We consider four areas: thoughts and emotions, hearing and communication, sleep, and concentration. We typically use Partial Masking Sound Therapy, with a noise or music set to the lowest level that provides relief. A picture-based approach facilitates engagement of the patient, and provides thorough and structured counseling. We engage the patient by including homework and activities to demonstrate understanding and facilitate progress.

PMID: 17956807 (PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE)

Dr. Michael Robb, MD - Oto-Neurologist - www.robbmd.com

Dr. Robb offers medical, neurological and oto-neurological services with specialized treatment in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.  He provides a comprehensive clinic for assessment, treatment and follow-up. Patients from Canada are welcomed.

333 West Thomas Rd, Suite 203, Phoenix, AZ  (480) 303-1133

Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment - www.neuromonics.com

Neuromonics is an FDA cleared device targeting the neurological, audiological and psychological aspects of tinnitus.   Some experience a clinically significant reduction in tinnitus distress.  It is currently available in the US and Australia. 

Widex Zen –www.widex.com

There are many available hearing devices for those with hearing loss.  In addition to enhancing speech and volume, the “mind440” includes another feature that may be helpful for those who also experience tinnitus.  Stress often accompanies both hearing loss and tinnitus making it difficult to relax and concentrate.  The mind440 includes ‘Zen Tones’ in the form of music that can help place focus away from the tinnitus onto sounds that are more neutral or positive.   Click here to read more about Zen and Stress

Visit the mind440 campaign website to experience the features of mind440 illustrated with animations and sounds. 

Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) - www.tinnitusresearch.org

Tinnitus Research Initiative is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the development of effective treatments for all types of tinnitus so that relief can be obtained by everyone who suffers from it.

The Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) is a project dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from tinnitus and tinnitus-related disorders. Central to the mission of TRI is facilitating and supporting biomedical research which will lead to novel, effective therapies for the treatment of tinnitus. 

Historically tinnitus research has been undertaken by individuals or small groups from a wide range of different disciplines and mostly working independently of each other. The activities of TRI are based on the belief that collaboration across disciplines is essential for better understanding of tinnitus and for the development of effective treatments.

Suggested Reading and Reference

The reading and reference list that follows contains material that is for both the client and the professional.  It will be updated regularly as new literature becomes available.

Please click here for suggested reading and reference (pdf document).


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