Cognitive and behavioral therapy
Cognitive and behavioral therapies can be seen as the application of psychology in a scientific way. It is a short therapy (6 months to a year most of the time) focusing on the interactions between our thoughts, our emotions and even our behavior. Find out here what it is and how we integrated it into Diapason.
Focus on automatic thoughts
The annoying and even disabling nature of your tinnitus comes from the way the signal is processed by the cognitive (that of our thoughts) and emotional (that of our emotions) brain. The difficulties of living with tinnitus come as much of the physiology of the ear that the way your brain processes information. Automatic thinking is a received idea, often negative, around tinnitus. "I can never continue to live with this noise" or "I must now protect myself from all external sounds" are common examples. The cognitive approach is to work on the acceptance of tinnitus, providing new ways of reasoning against automatic thoughts.
Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT)
Unlike sound therapy that acts directly on the structure of neurons, CBT is more interested in the psychological perception of tinnitus. Some people manage to live with their tinnitus very well since it is not linked to negative emotions. In contrast, tinnitus is considered harmful if it is associated with unpleasant emotions (anger, anxiety, stress ...). Based on this observation, the cognitive approach works on the acceptance of tinnitus especially in the case of a sound trauma and more broadly to emotions if the origin is emotional.
Integration of CBT within Diapason
In Diapason, you will be constantly encouraged to associate your tinnitus with a positive emotion. For example, you will need to use your tinnitus to guide you through a game or even assimilate it into a soothing environment. Your tinnitus will thus be associated with success. Simple and fun questionnaires will allow you to approach the functioning of the auditory system and aversion mechanisms to reclaim your tinnitus. By training your brain to change the negative responses associated with your tinnitus you are changing the way you experience your tinnitus.
CBT is a proven scientific approach. It is recognized today as an effective aid for people living with chronic tinnitus. By offering such activities, Diapason allows you to discover CBT in a simple and fun way. You become again actor of your well-being!