Coping Strategies

Suspension of programme

We are sorry but this program is closed permanently as no new funding has been approved. It was a successful programme and a range of people were helped to come to terms with intractable noise problems.  However, due to the severe cuts in public finances, the funding was not renewed.

There is now at least one book on this subject and it is hoped that in time a booklet of the strategies used here will be available from this site.

Is this you?

Do you suffer from persistent low frequency noise problems?

Have you tried all the usual remedies?

Need help coping?

Join this new programme and try the proven methodology of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy used in this innovative approach.

All this is done from home – using the internet and CDs – no time-consuming trips to meetings.

Interested? Want to find out more? Read on.

Coping with Low Frequency Noise

Project continued by Defra until March 2011

Download  the interim Report

This new Government sponsored investigation will use a computer based system, akin to distance learning, to help sufferers learn how to cope  more successfully. This project follows on from a recent successful trial by the same team:

  • Donald Robertson – Psychotherapist
  • Steve Benton – Psychologist
  • Geoff Leventhall – Specialist in low frequency noise- team leader
  • Lyn Leventhall – e-learning & IT specialist

Low frequency noise problems are often difficult, indeed frequently impossible, to solve. Whilst every effort must be put towards achieving a technical solution, and this must always have top priority, there remains a core of low frequency noise sufferers, sometimes called Hum sufferers, whose noise problem cannot be solved and whose quality of life is significantly reduced.

What can be done to help these sufferers? In the absence of a technical solution to reduce the noise, they can be trained in cognitive therapy techniques in order to ensure  that the unwanted impact from the noise is reduced.

This project, funded by Defra (in consultation with the Department of Health), builds on an earlier project for Defra, a paper on which has been published. Click here for a PDF of the paper “Coping Strategies for Low Frequency Noise”. The same team which carried out the earlier project has been commissioned for this new initiative.

A report on low frequency noise, prepared for Defra in 2003, which Geoff was responsible for, can be read here.

The project

The project is CD or Internet based, so that it is not necessary for participants to attend face to face sessions with the psychotherapist. This is in line with current developments in the UK, where computer based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been approved for use in the Health Service.(see NICE paper TA097 on CBT. The work will be carried out by you, in your own home, using material and step by step guidelines designed and supplied by us, specifically to support your quality of coping.

If you have a low frequency noise problem and are interested in participating as a subject in this new project sign up for more information. It is fully funded and you will not pay any fees.

Whilst the primary interest is within the UK, we are able to extend participation to a few persons who live outside the UK. The language of the work is English.

The Online Course

Every participant will receive audio CDs to be used in conjunction with the special online course developed for participants in this project.  Support will mainly be via email and the online forums.

The course is divided into two phases – a Preparation phase and a Self Help phase. On successfully completing the first phase you will automatically progress to the second. Each phase is further subdivided into lessons.

The course material will be delivered via your web browser and you will be expected to read the material and give feedback on your computer’s screen.

  • Each participant will be issued with a username and password, so they can access this course.
  • It is web based and so is an ordinary web site, but you will need to log in to access the site.
  • The site is secure so that only participants can access it – this means nobody else can see the material or anything you contribute to a discussion.
  • Optionally, download a selection of the audio files that you will  receive in the post on CDs.  You could then transfer them to an MP3 player or listen directly on your computer.
  • Join forums, also called discussion boards, where you are given support, ask questions of the tutors, exchange views with the participants.