Tinnitus E-Programme - Free to access on-line tinnitus management programme
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Tinnitus E-Programme
 
Free to access self-managed course of Tinnitus Management
by Debbie Featherstone MSc DHP(NC)
Hearing Therapist & Psychotherapist
 
 
From October 2013, the Tinnitus E-Programme is being formally evaluated by the Nottingham Hearing Biological Research Unit (NHBRU), part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) UK. This is being carried out as a PhD Project by Kate Greenwell, and led by Dr Derek Hoare, Senior Research Fellow (Tinnitus), NIHR NHBRU
 
The Tinnitus E-Programme was first launched on-line on Friday 19th June 2009
 
It is based on and adapted from the TMGC (Tinnitus Management Group Course) that I developed over many years from 1993 onwards and brought with me to East Lancashire when I took up my NHS post as Head of Hearing Therapy services in 2001. The course has been undertaken successfully by hundreds of patients every year in my NHS Hearing Therapy practice, and impacts significantly on tinnitus distress
 
The tinnitus management course, upon which the materials for the Tinnitus E-Programme is based, is compliant with the UK Department of Health Commissioning Pathway for Tinnitus that was published in 2008. For a copy, please download the pdf file:
 
 
 
 
 
IN ADDITION TO THE COURSE MATERIALS:
  • Join the Support Forum while you are undertaking the Tinnitus E-Programme
  • The Support Forum is jointly moderated by professionals and lay persons who have used the tools available through the Tinnitus E-Programme
 
There are now THREE Workbooks available to purchase. These have been written by Debbie Featherstone to give additional support to users of the Tinnitus E-Programme, especially from Week 4, and their purchase helps towards funding the Tinnitus E-Programme
 
  • CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook - £10.00
  • CBT for Tinnitus & Anxiety: Basic Workbook - £15.00
  • CBT for Anxiety: Basic Workbook - £10.00
 
You may purchase them individually (see below), or save by buying more than one Workbook:
 
Two Workbooks - £20
  • CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook
  • CBT for Tinnitus & Anxiety 
 
All THREE workbooks - £25.00
  • CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook
  • CBT for Tinnitus & Anxiety: Basic Workbook
  • CBT for Anxiety: Basic Workbook
 
To purchase multiple Workbooks, please go to the Funding page
 
More about the Workbooks
 
CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook
 
You may purchase a copy of CBT for Tinnitus - Basic Workbook by Debbie Featherstone (available from 31st December 2012) 
 
The Workbook takes you step by step through the process of Negative Automatic Thought (NAT) identification and analysis, using Thought Records that patients use in my clinics
 
Some of you may find it particularly helpful when you reach Week 4 of the Tinnitus E-Programme. When ordered, you will receive 2 copies by email - one in Word 97-2003 so that you can complete the Workbook electronically should you wish, and one in PDF
 
Purchase of the Workbook will help towards funding the free to access Tinnitus E-Programme - cost £10.00
 
  
 
 
CBT for Tinnitus & Anxiety: Basic Workbook
 
As with CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook, this takes you step by step through the process of Negative Automatic Thought (NAT) identification and analysis, using Thought Records that patients use in my clinics. In this Workbook, there are worked examples (taken from Thought Records in my clinic) that address common experiences when both Tinnitus and Anxiety are problematic
 
When ordered, you will receive 2 copies by email - one in Word 97-2003 so that you can complete the Workbook electronically should you wish, and one in PDF
 
As with the other Workbooks, purchase will not only help you but will also help toward funding the free to access Tinnitus E-Programme - cost £15.00
 
 
 
 
 
CBT for Anxiety: Basic Workbook
 
Anxiety is something commonly associated with tinnitus, after all, tinnitus can make us feel anxious, especially in the beginning. However, sometimes anxiety has been a problem long before any tinnitus came along. There are many forms of anxiety. The two most common I see in my clinics are Generalised Anxiety (also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD) and Panic (Panic Disorder) that results in panic attacks
 
The CBT for Anxiety: Basic Workbook by Debbie Featherstone is in the same format as CBT for Tinnitus: Basic Workbook, but is aimed at dealing with anxiety and panic through the use of Thought Records
 
When ordered, you will receive 2 copies by email - one in Word 97-2003 so that you can complete the Workbook electronically should you wish, and one in PDF
 
Purchase of CBT for Anxiety: Basic Workbook will also help towards funding the free to access Tinnitus E-Programme - cost £10.00
 
 
 
 
 
Multiple Purchases saving you money but still supporting the Tinnitus E-Programme, please go to the Funding page
 
Coming soon.....
"Mindfulness for Tinnitus - Taking Away Tinnitus Distress" by Debbie Featherstone
 
Testimonial examples
 
More available here
 
Pauline, UK 12 November 2012
Dear Debbie I have sent my completed 2nd THI questionnaire and was amazed to see that it had dropped from 40 to 8. Thank you so much for providing this programme. It has been a life line to me. I now feel in control of my life and have found ways to deal with my T that are now part of my every day routine.
I go to the gym regularly, have cut out caffeine, drink a small glass of wine only 2 or 3 times a week and keep myself busy either reading or cooking etc in the evenings. I can now sleep without sleeping pills and can even sit in a room without music playing. My T just doesn’t bother me in the same way anymore.
The one thing which made the most impact on me from this course was in week four, I think. It was the understanding that wherever we are in life, and whatever befalls us, is meant to be. From that I realised that fighting my T, getting angry and laying blame on the medication which I suspect brought it on, was counter-productive to me getting better.
My situation has not changed but my outlook has, and I actually think that my life is now better then it was before I had my T because the course has given me a much deeper understanding of what it takes to have contentment; it comes from within. The relaxation and reading I have done through this course have brought me to this conclusion. I now deal with my T and also the rest of my life in a much more rational way. Thank you once again for providing this course. Please feel free to use these comments as a testimonial.
 
Phil, UK  22 June 2010
I first noticed my Tinnitus in the morning after a session playing my HiFi a little on the loud side the evening before.
I had a very bad feeling about it from the start and felt it was not the kind of ringing that would wear off in a couple of days.
I quickly became really negative and constantly checked it for improvement. After about three weeks it did go away for a week or so but then came back suddenly although twice as loud as before. By this time I was into a situation of considerable stress and unable to sleep for more than a couple of hours per night. A visit to the G.P. offered no hope but eventually a few sessions with a hynotherapist got the anxiety down and I began to get some sleep again.
Months went by with some improvement, only followed by quite frequent relapses until I found that I could not get in a positive state of mind at all. It was then that I turned to Debbie's programme, feeling that I had nothing to lose but everything to gain.
I was amazed by the almost immediate improvement, both in the Tinnitus level and also my awareness of it. I have had some flare-ups since, but they have all passed in a day or two and no longer cause the anxiety that they once did. Thanks to Debbie, I have got my old life back.
 
Just for info I include what I have learned that helps/hinders my T
 
Sound enrichment at night is a massive help. I use a thunderstorm played through a mains powered MP3 player and speaker - I always liked the sound of rain on the bedroom window.
Caffeine and alcohol do turn the volume up avoiding loud noises is vitally important, however my threshold at which the T is affected is gradually going up with time - at first I needed the television on at a volume where it could only just be heard clearly. But now sensible volume levels are not a problem Hynotherapy was vastly better than sleeping pills during the 'no sleeping phase'
Not looking for a total cure does help. That was a barrier I had to go through. Aiming for a vastly improved situation that may need to be managed is a realistic goal. If I get to a situation in a couple of years where I only realise it is still there when I remember to think of it - that would be nice. However, I am no longer having a good day spoiled by it.
I did have T in my early twenties in my left ear only - It did go 100 percent after about 5 years - gradually diminishing over time.For some reason I don't remember getting that worked up about it.
Thanks again"
 
Phil. B.
 
The Tinnitus E-Programme materials are made available by Debbie Featherstone for health professionals who wish to use them, and as information for individuals who wish to read them.
 
The materials have been developed and used over a number of years, and have been adapted by Debbie Featherstone for the Tinnitus E-Programme.
 
The programme should be used in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, prescribed medical treatment from Consultants, General Practitioner and/or other health professionals.
 
Please read the Conditions of Use BEFORE using any of the materials in this website
 
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