March 6, 2014 Launches First-Ever Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction Online Course of Its Kind

Teaching Millions How to Live With Rather than Against Tinnitus, 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, is a self-administered online skill-building program that includes in-depth tinnitus education and mindfulness skill-building.images-3Each 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 online course, which can be accessed at any convenient time and place on a home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

MBTSR2“We are excited to launch the 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.”

Click here to visit the MBTSR website. For more information on MBTSR or to schedule an interview please call Elizabeth Landau at 415.244.7711 or email at


7th International Tinnitus Research Initiative Conference

Tinnitus: a Treatable Disease took place in Valencia, Spain May 15-18, 2013. This Conference is sponsored by the Tinnitus Research Initiative Foundation & the University of Valencia.

jennzThis was my first time attending and presenting at the TRI Conference and I was very impressed with the research and clinical skills of those presenting. This Conference brought together several disciplines including otologists, audiologists, psychologists and psychiatrists and researchers to inform the tinnitus care community about new discoveries and treatment options open to the tinnitus patient.

Innovative treatments both new and those widely available were presented. The diagnosis of tinnitus subtypes and how they may be specifically treated was another focus of presenters. Discussions were held on the latest developments in the neuroscience of tinnitus.

The 3-day Conference was opened with a keynote address by Dr. Dirk de Ridder of New Zealand. His talk was called “To Dream is to Cure Tinnitus.” This was a fitting beginning for the discussions to come. Encouraging creativity and looking outside of the box as we turn our dreams into a tinnitus cure was a theme seen in the oral and poster presentations.

The topic of Mindfulness Based Tinnitus Stress Reduction (MBTSR) was a welcomed topic in this group of international professionals. I was on a panel with both Margaret and Pavel Jasterboff discussing the management of tinnitus. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) was presented by the Jasterboffs followed by my talk reporting on research with MBTSR and how the mindfulness skills learned in the course introduces a new to approach tinnitus management.

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