Tinnitus & Hyperacusis

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible” ~ Christopher Reeve

For those with tinnitus and/or hyperacusis there is hope and there is help. With compassionate, personalized, and professional care you will experience an improved quality of life.

Guiding you through an insightful, goal-oriented and evidence-based approach, combined with the application of recent scientific evidence linking mindful awareness and consciousness to neural network changes in the brain, you will arrive at a much better place. A place of understanding; a place of peace.
The approaches used may include Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Safe & Sound Protocol™, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

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Safe & Sound Protocol™ (SSP)

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe & Sound Protocol™ (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.  It stimulates the nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory nervous system with specifically processed music to ‘retune’ the nervous system to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.

This intervention exercises the neural network associated with extracting speech from background noise and helps reduce auditory hypersensitivities and selective sound sensitivity.  Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.  It is not used as a stand-alone program but rather as part of other therapeutic interventions, depending on your child’s needs.

The Safe & Sound Protocol™ is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to “retune” the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.  This allows the child to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language.  Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviours and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate, and engage are often seen.

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The purpose of the Safe & Sound Protocol™ is to initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning and therapy.  It was created to help people learn to attain a grounded state where they feel safe, connected, calm, and social.

By helping to access a calm and grounded state, the Safe & Sound Protocol™ promotes a neural platform for health, growth, and restoration.  Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach the task at hand.  So when a child has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy.  Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes.

Learn more about the Safe & Sound Protocol