Tinnitus Researcher Dr. Hamid Djalilian
Dr. Hamid Djalilian is an ear nose and throat doctor who specializes in hearing and tinnitus. Dr. Djalilian was frustrated by the typical answer that the medical community gives to those suffering from tinnitus: “You just have to live with it”. It was out of this frustration that he helped form Elinava Technologies. Starting in the 1990s, Dr. Djalilian has been working on finding to bring research-based tinnitus treatment for everyone in the world. In 2008, the first version of a web-based customized tinnitus treatment that was accessible and inexpensive was deployed on the web for everyone in the world to use. This program has had users from all continents (except Antarctica).
Through innovations at Elinava Technologies, Dr. Djalilian helped create a new method of providing customized therapy for those who suffer from tinnitus. This novel and multifaceted treatment approach, the xTinnitus Therapy Program, allows for intensive, targeted therapy that is individually tailored to the user, an approach which yields faster and more complete tinnitus relief. At their core, our therapies are designed to achieve neuroplastic changes in the brain centers responsible for tinnitus rather than just cover up the symptoms. We aim not just to offer relief but to truly “Reset your Mind”!
Hamid R. Djalilian, M.D. Dr. Djalilian received his Doctor of Medicine with honors from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the University of Minnesota. His fellowship in neurotology and skull base surgery was completed at the Minnesota Ear Head and Neck Clinic and at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Djalilian has served as the director of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Los Angeles County Hospital, and the University of California Irvine. He has published over 250 articles, book chapters, and abstracts as well as a book on ear nose and throat conditions. He has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health, Lions International, American Tinnitus Association and the Center for Hearing Research on the treatment of Tinnitus. He has written many articles and lectured nationally and internationally about tinnitus. He is in the process of writing a book on tinnitus to be published by World Scientific Publishers. He has three pending patents on the treatment of tinnitus.
The internet-based CBT (iCBT) was developed as a collaborative effort between Dr. Djalilian and a team consisting of a psychiatrists, psychologists, sleep therapist, occupational therapist, audiologists, meditation specialist, integrative medicine specialist, and internet-based CBT psychologist. The iCBT protocol was initially developed in collaboration with Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital under a special grant for collaborations between the University of California Irvine and Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. The iCBT protocol has undergone multiple improvements after patient responses with consultation from a multitude of psychologists at the University of California.
The final version of the iCBT was co-developed with Dr. Alex Tanner, PhD psychologist. Dr. Tanner completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth in Psychology and Brain Science and her PhD in clinical psychology at UCLA. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.