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How We Hear Sounds

Clients with tinnitus often have a very medicalized understanding of their condition. Understanding the processing steps involved in normal hearing can help clients to understand what changes may have occurred in tinnitus.

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  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • English (GB)
  • English (US)
  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish (International)

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Introduction & Theoretical Background

Understanding how we hear sounds, and what goes wrong in tinnitus, is an essential part of tinnitus treatment. How We Hear Sounds is an information sheet which describes the key stages of sound perception.

Therapist Guidance

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:
  • Client handout - use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point - use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool - improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource - use as a learning tool during training

References And Further Reading

  • Tyler, R. S. (Ed.). (2006). Tinnitus treatment: clinical protocols. Thieme.