Tinnitus SA was established with support from the South Australian Government.
Some mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety, can be a result of your reaction to tinnitus. A cognitive-behavioural understanding of tinnitus views tinnitus as a stimulus to which a person responds with a number of thoughts, some of which are conscious but others are automatic. The source of distress is therefore not the tinnitus itself, but rather the way in which you view and think about the tinnitus.
The aim of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is to teach a range of self-control techniques so that you can change the way you view and react to the tinnitus. The aim is not to ‘cure’ the tinnitus but to help you to find effective ways to manage the problem and your reaction to it, thereby reducing its annoyance.Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can help to relieve your distress and annoyance and reduce your attention to the tinnitus sounds.
A CBT Program can help to do the following:
Individual CBT for tinnitus management is available from some psychologists.
CBT May benefit you if:
If you are unable to attend a CBT Program, you may find that you can change your thoughts about the tinnitus and learn the control and relaxation techniques with the aid of a book such as;
“Tinnitus. A Self-Management Guide for the Ringing in Your Ears” by Jane Henry and Peter Wilson, Psychologists.
On-line help for tinnitus is also available from UK website www.tinnituseprogramme.org