Iowa ’17 Presentation 1: The Effectiveness of Hyperacusis Treatments

Formby Head ShotAs a Diamond Sponsor of The International Conference on Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient, the ATA is pleased to feature recordings of prominent experts in the fields of tinnitus research and treatment. The annual conference, which celebrated its 25th year under the direction of its founder, Dr. Richard Tyler, provides clinicians and patients with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis the opportunity to learn about current research and trends in care.

The 2017 keynote address was given by Dr. Craig Formby, Distinguished Graduate Research Professor at the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. In his presentation, Dr. Formby highlighted hyperacusis research and clinical applications of sound tolerance training used to expand the dynamic range for loudness and to extend sound tolerance for those overly sensitive to supra-threshold sound and therefore hard to fit with hearing aids.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Formby has conducted two parallel lines of research: hyperacusis studies and clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, which uses counseling and sound therapy to help those with tinnitus to habituate to the condition.


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