How a tinnitus online course reaches those who might not benefit from in-person tinnitus group care.
Created in 2009, the MBTSR curriculum was initially designed as a group, in-person skill building course. Each class brought people with tinnitus in the Bay Area community together for 2 hours per week over an 8-week period to practice the skills needed to support change in a person’s relationship to living with tinnitus. The research results were astounding, as I literally watched the healing transformation in participants each week.
So when I began designing the MBTSR online course, I was worried that an online course—where the weekly MBTSR classes were practiced separately, in the privacy of each person’s home — would not be attractive to people. But as the weeks passed by and people with tinnitus began taking the class, I began hearing encouraging statements from participants. For example:
“The MindfulTinnitusRelief.com course is warm and inviting and gives the tinnitus patient an honest opportunity, without false hope, to feel better. I also like the way the modality appears to encompass CBT and Buddhism with its mindfulness main principles.”
That’s when I began to realize that there are many people who — due to geographical distance, demanding work schedules, health issues, and discomfort participating in a live group setting — would now have easy and comfortable access to a novel new treatment for tinnitus.
Why Go Online: Pragmatic Benefits
• Less expensive per participant
• Reusable components
• Easier recruitment
• Available to more people with less burden
• Serious dissemination
Why Go Online: Effectiveness
• Facilitates daily learning and practice
• More effective monitoring
• Easier faster participant contact
• Simplified record keeping
• Reach a different audience
Why Go Online: Challenges
• Less personalization
• Less personal contact / sense of commitment
• Only works for skills interventions
• Not, e.g., acupuncture