Olfactory Training: Relearning to Smell with Smell Retraining Therapy
DEc 16 ,2022
At ScentSNAP, we understand that smell is something most of us take for granted. But for those suffering from smell loss, the world can seem dull and without flavor. Smell retraining therapy is an emerging field of study that helps people regain their sense of smell through olfactory training. In this blog post, we'll explore the causes of smell loss, the benefits of smell retraining therapy, and how to get started with olfactory training.
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Introduction to Olfactory Training
Olfactory training, also known as smell training, is a type of therapy that helps people relearn their sense of smell after injury or illness. It is typically used to help people who have suffered from smell loss due to conditions such as sinus infections, head trauma, or age-related sensory depletion. In some cases, smell training may even be used to help people with congenital smell disorders.
The goal of olfactory training is to help people regain their sense of smell so that they can enjoy the fragrances of life again. It works by exposing patients to different smells, and then rewarding them for correctly identifying the fragrance. Over time, this helps the patient retrain their brain to recognize and identify smells.
What Causes Loss of Smell?
Covid & other viruses
Viruses, sinus infections, and even common colds can cause smell loss.
Head trauma & chemical exposure
Head and Face injuries can result in various degrees of smell loss. It can also be caused by prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, such as solvents and pesticides.
Age & Genetics
Age is a contributing factor to smell loss, along with some congenital disorders.
How do I know if I've lost my sense of smell?
Smell loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including head trauma, sinus infections, age-related smell loss, and some medications. It can also be caused by prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, such as solvents and pesticides. In some cases, smell loss may be caused by a congenital disorder.
Smell loss can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. People with smell loss may struggle to enjoy the smells of food, recognize smoke, or even detect gas leaks. It can also cause depression, anxiety, and a feeling of isolation.
What is Smell Retraining Therapy?
What is smell retraining therapy?
Smell retraining therapy is a type of olfactory training that helps people relearn their sense of smell. It works by exposing patients to different smells and rewarding them for correctly identifying it. Over time, this helps the patient retrain their brain to recognize and identify smells.
Smell recognition involves helping the patient recognize smells on a more complex level, such as recognizing the difference between similar smells.
Olfactory training and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the way we experience the world. Many people have experienced a loss of smell or taste as a result of the virus, and this can have a profound impact on their quality of life. Fortunately, olfactory training can help people who have experienced smell loss due to COVID-19. In fact, a recent study found that smell retraining therapy can be beneficial for people who have experienced smell loss due to the virus.
Masks and ScentSNAP Mask Diffusers
Do I really need to wear a mask?
Masks are an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19, and they can also be used to help with smell retraining. Mask diffusers such as ScentSNAP are an in-mask essential oil diffuser, allowing you to inhale essential oils while wearing the mask. This can help to stimulate the olfactory system and can help people relearn how to smell.
In addition to mask diffusers, there are also essential oil diffusers that can be worn around the neck. These diffusers allow you to inhale essential oils without having to wear a mask. This can be a great way to supplement olfactory training and help people relearn how to smell.
What are the benefits of smell retraining?
Smell retraining has a number of benefits. It can help people who have experienced smell loss due to conditions such as sinus infections, head trauma, or age-related smell loss. It can also help those with congenital smell disorders.
Smell retraining can also help people who have experienced smell loss due to COVID-19. The therapy can help to stimulate the olfactory system and help people relearn how to smell.In addition to helping people regain their sense of smell. Smell retraining can also have a number of psychological benefits.
People who have experienced smell loss may experience depression, anxiety, and a feeling of isolation. Smell retraining can help to reduce these symptoms and help people feel more connected to the world.
Get started retraining your smell with ScentSNAP!
ScenSNAP is currently developing a smell retraining kit of our own, which is expected to be released soon!
For now, you can start the process using any of our ScentSNAP fragrances by clicking HERE