Train Your Brain:
Tinnitus Mindfulness Class
Peter Vernezze PhD
There is currently no method that can safely and consistently reduce the loudness of tinnitus. But that doesn't mean you are powerless. There is now a substantial body of evidence demonstrating the ability of mindfulness training to reduce tinnitus distress. I am a licensed therapist and qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), the gold standard of mindfulness training, through the University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness--one of only two institutes in the U.S. able to certify teachers of MBSR.
A story about my own tinnitus appeared in the most recent issue of Tinnitus Today. Since being diagnosed with Tinnitus five years ago, I have come to embrace it as part of my daily life. Many have worse burdens, and I joyfully take on the challenge of living a full life with tinnitus. I have designed this course to address the needs of those who, like myself, are dealing with tinnitus. (This website is for the online class. If you want to work 1-1, please go to www.therapistwithtinnitus.com)
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Four decades of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this millennia-old discipline in relieving stress, treating heart disease, lowering blood pressure, reducing chronic pain, improving sleep, and alleviating gastrointestinal difficulties.
How Train Your Brain Helps
Mindfulness training teaches us to respond in a non-judgmental manner, neither pushing away nor being overwhelmed by our experiences—including the experience of our tinnitus. This non-reactive attitude towards tinnitus is the key to habituation. Importantly, this is not something we can simply tell ourselves to do; it is something we must train ourselves to do. This 8-week class provides the groundwork for rewiring the nervous system to respond to our tinnitus in a different way. In addition, you will learn a variety of other mental health interventions for your tinnitus toolkit.
Tinnitus and Mindfulness
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness training in reducing tinnitus distress.
A 2019 systematic review found that a decrease of tinnitus distress scores occurred directly post therapy in seven moderate to high quality studies, with six of the seven studies showing a "statistically significant decrease in tinnitus distress scores directly after mindfulness training."
What to Expect
Each class will consist in a series of mindfulness practices including meditation, body scan, and mindful movement. Students will receive guidance on their practice as well as exercises to help them apply these skills to their tinnitus. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of other mental health interventions to help them manage their tinnitus.
Students will be expected to engage in 30-45 minutes of daily mindfulness practice. Listen to what past students had to say.
“The Mindfulness/Tinnitus class has been a lifesaver. I can now go on and enjoy my life even with Tinnitus. Thank you!
I am a licensed therapist and qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of California at San Diego Center for Mindfulness--one of only two institutes able to certify teachers of MBSR. Like you, I have tinnitus and understand your challenges and struggles.
Small Student/Teacher Ratio
I limit the class to 20 in order to preserve a personalized approach and provide individual feedback. Each week you will attend 1 session for 2.5 hours.
Still only $295!
This is half the price of other 8-week online mindfulness classes, none of which are focused specifically on tinnitus, and is available only to those with the condition. A full refund is given if you withdraw before the second class.
1 Session/Week for 8 weeks
This live, online program, which meets for 2.5 hours once a week for eight weeks, will instruct you in a practice that has been demonstrated to reduce tinnitus distress.
Next class starts:
Monday, October 24th at 3:30 pm PT/4:30pm MT/5:30pm CT/6:30 ET.
Class will run for eight consecutive Mondays and end on December 12th.
There will be a free informational session on Monday, October 17th at 3:30pmPT/6:30pm ET
Here is the zoom link
A Tinnitus Community
Inspired by the belief that community is an integral part of healing, this course provides you the opportunity to learn alongside others with tinnitus in a class led by an instructor who himself has the condition. This sense of community continues after the class ends as class participants are invited to join a private Facebook group only for individuals who have completed the course.
Free Meditation Instruction
Every Tuesday starting September 20th at 5 pm PT/8pm ET there is a free one-hour Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Tinnitus. The first half is meditation instruction for those new to the process and the second half is meditation practice. Here is the zoom link
Peter Vernezze LMSW, PhD
All content found on this website, including text, images, audio, or other formats were created for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The course described on this website is not therapy, since the tinnitus distress it addresses is not a recognized disorder in the DSM 5. If you are suffering from the depression and anxiety that can go along with tinnitus, please see a mental health professional in your area. If you are currently in therapy, please consult with your mental health professional before signing up for this class. If you have any question about whether this class is appropriate for you, I encourage you to contact me before signing up.
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