CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
Release: May 14, 1999
Editors: This release is about a workshop, open to the
public, with a registration deadline of May 28.
People with tinnitus invited to attend UI workshop
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Temporary buzzing, ringing and screeching
can be annoying enough, but what if you can't silence those distracting noises?
Tinnitus, also known as "ringing in the ears," is such
a serious problem for about 12 million people in the United States that they
seek professional assistance. There is no cure or medication for tinnitus;
however, treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral techniques can help
some people better manage the often distressing condition.
Recognizing the growing importance of this approach, the
University of Iowa invites people with tinnitus to participate in its first-ever
informational conference, "Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Workshop for People
with Tinnitus, Their Friends, and Family," on June 25 and 26. The registration
deadline is May 28. The $395 enrollment fee includes some meals and conference
materials. For more information, contact Cheryl Schlote at (319) 384-9757
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The workshops will not provide clinical services but will
focus on psychological self-management methods such as developing attention
control, learning relaxation techniques, managing problematic thoughts and
dealing with sleep problems. People can learn approaches to help prevent tinnitus
from distracting them or making them feel depressed, angry or anxious. The
UI Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Department
of Speech Pathology and Audiology will co-sponsor the event.
The workshop presenters include Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D.,
event organizer and UI professor of otolaryngology and speech pathology and
audiology, and two clinical psychologists from Australia, Jane Henry, Ph.D.,
of the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Peter H. Wilson, Ph.D.,
of Flinders University of South Australia in Adelaide. Henry and Wilson have
developed a unique skills training program shown to be effective in clinical
Tyler said the hope is that
through the workshop "people with tinnitus will be in a better position to
be their own advocates and seek out professionals who can help them in their
The mechanisms of tinnitus are not fully known, Tyler
said, but the condition seems to be caused by hyperactive nerve fibers. Individuals
with tinnitus perceive sounds that range from hissing to
roaring to clicking when no external sound actually exists.
If you suspect you have tinnitus, check with your doctor
or see a qualified ear, nose and throat specialist.