Stress is a key contributor to tinnitus bother experienced by millions around the world during the Covid outbreak. Health concerns, social isolation, and financial instability have all contributed to fear and stress during this worldwide pandemic. Recent research on the online version of the 8-week skill building program, Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR), developed and researched by the presenter at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is presented with results from a Covid sample. The critical role stress reduction plays in effective management of sound sensitivity disorders such as tinnitus and hyperacusis is explored.
Course created on December 1, 2020
- After this course learners will be able to describe the role that increased stress plays in sound sensitivity disorders like tinnitus and hyperacusis during Covid 19.
- After this course learners will be able to describe mindfulness and how a consistent meditation practice can relieve stress and shift tinnitus from ‘bothersome’ to ‘non-bothersome’.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the challenges faced by the audiology community in providing tinnitus care remotely.
- After this course learners will be able to discuss recent research into an online 8-week MindfulTinnitusRelief.com course during the time of the Covid pandemic.
|5-15 Minutes||When stress goes up, so too does tinnitus bother|
|15-25 Minutes||An introduction to Mindfulness|
|25-35 Minutes||Shifting Tinnitus/Hyperacusis from “Bothersome” to “Non-Bothersome”|
|35-45 Minutes||Results from Internet-Based MindfulTinnitusRelief.com During a Pandemic Study|
|45-55 Minutes||Tinnitus During a Pandemic|
Dr. Gans is a clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological impact of deafness and hearing on well-being. She holds a Masters in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and received a doctorate in psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She joined the UCSF Cochlear Implant Center in 2008 and has worked as the Lead Clinical Psychologist for UCSF Cochlear Implant Interconnect and Children’s Communication Center. She also holds the position of psychologist and researcher at the VA of Northern California. Dr. Gans is fluent in American Sign Language.
In her private practice in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Gans treats clients with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia, and other hearing-related difficulties. She recently completed research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Audiology Clinic on Mindfulness-Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR), with promising results. She is the CEO/Founder of MindfulTinnitusRelief.com, the first-ever self-administered 8-week online skill-building course of its kind for learning how to live comfortably with tinnitus. Dr. Gans presents globally to audiologists on how to integrate and give support to both device fitting and tinnitus patient counseling; critical pieces of the tinnitus management puzzle.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by ReSound in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: An 8-week skill-building program, Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR), developed and researched by the presenter at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will be discussed at one point during this course.
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