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Table 1 Intervention based on the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment outline

From: The value of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing in the treatment of tinnitus: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Phase number Treatment outline
Phase 1 Educating the patient about the auditory system (brief, only if necessary after TRT sessions)
Phase 2 Introduction of CBT and assess the motivation and commitment towards the therapy
Phase 3 Help identify thoughts, emotions and behavior in response to sound
Phase 4 Help identify negative automatic thoughts and core belief
Phase 5 Education about common errors of judgment and distortions in thoughts
Phase 6 Challenging unhelpful thoughts and creating counterstatements
Phase 7 Empirical demonstration: experiencing the consequence of helpful thoughts
Phase 8 Behavioral desensitization and graded exposure
  1. Note: CBT treatment outline by Dr. Aazh based on handouts and personal communication from the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Master Class in March 2013 at Birkbeck College, London