Trials of a protocol to support LFN sufferers in the UK
University of Salford
Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 14:20 - 14:40
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The paper reports experience from a research project funded by Defra (Department of Environment Food Rural Affairs) in which a network of support centres for LFN sufferers was set up throughout the UK on a trial basis. During the trials a treatment protocol was developed aimed at reducing agitation caused by the perceived LFN and encouraging habituation to it. This form of treatment was based on an understanding of the reaction to troublesome sounds which is now widely applied in the treatment of tinnitus and hyperacusis. In effect, the basis is a model of the perception of, and reaction to, unwanted sounds. The hypothesis adopted in the trial was that a similar model can be applied to the distress caused by perceived LFN, particularly in cases where no external source can be identified. In the paper, after a brief description of the trial, the proposed model of perception and reaction is presented together with the resulting treatment protocol. The success of the model is discussed in the light of the results of the trial.
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