San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014
MindfulTinnitusRelief.com, LLC today announces the launch of the Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) © online course. The first web-based course of its kind for learning how to live comfortably with tinnitus, MindfulTinnitusRelief.com is a self-administered online skill-building program that includes in-depth tinnitus education and mindfulness skill-building.
Each week’s class integrates elements of deep breathing, gentle yoga, relaxation and meditation to help people cultivate new, more effective ways to relate to the experience of tinnitus and stress in their daily lives. The program encourages participants to collaborate and network with their instructors and fellow participants through online discussion forums and in-depth Q&A sessions.
Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” affects approximately 10% of adults in the United States and an estimated 260 million people globally. Tinnitus is the primary medical complaint of American military veterans returning from war. The condition can be extremely debilitating, leading to depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and concentrating. It is most often related to hearing loss, especially that caused by noise damage or head injury.
Mindfulness is an approach to the present moment, using a special awareness to shape activity in our nervous system to promote integration and well-being in our lives. Mindfulness has been applied successfully to several human ailments including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease, to name a few.
Dr. Jennifer J. Gans, a clinical psychologist and researcher, developed Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) © at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) after learning about the benefits of mindfulness in pain management. In 2008, she began studying the science behind mindfulness and its role in helping to change a person’s relationship to living with bothersome tinnitus.
After completion of the initial eight-week MBTSR program pilot study, participants reported: decreased tinnitus annoyance and severity; reduced anxiety, fear and feelings of panic; reduced depression and sleep difficulty; reduced stress, tension and irritability; improved communication with loved ones; and increased relaxation and concentration. The benefits were long-lasting, with continued improvement 12 months after study completion.
Today, MBTSR, an evidenced-based program, is accessible to millions of tinnitus sufferers around the world through the MindfulTinnitusRelief.com online course, which can be accessed at any convenient time and place on a home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
"We are excited to launch the MindfulTinnitusRelief.com online course, giving millions easy access to mindfulness training, instructional audio and video files, opportunities to communicate with others with tinnitus, and up-to-date tinnitus education,” said Dr. Gans. “We have designed a program based on scientific research at UCSF, putting your health and well-being back into your own hands, as you learn ways to live with rather than against tinnitus.”
About MindfulTinnitusRelief.com, LLC.
Established in 2009, MindfulTinnitusRelief.com, LLC is a privately-held education company, with the mission to revolutionize tinnitus treatment and provide relief to the millions of people suffering the effects of tinnitus. The MBTSR program, the only online course of its kind specifically focusing on managing bothersome tinnitus symptoms, is now accepting registrations at MindfulTinnitusRelief.com.