Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Tinnitus Distress

Posted by:gulf onJanuary 17, 2019

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Tinnitus cure has been the subject of audiology experts for some time now. While it cannot be totally eliminated or does not just go away even with the use of hearing aids, there are available options that can help minimize or lessen a person’s response to the disease. Tinnitus, which affects about one in five people, is defined as the absence of external sound in an auditory perception. It is a resonant ringing in the ears and signals an ear infection or Meniere’s disease.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychotherapy treatment that aims to change the patterns or thinking behavior of an individual in relation to one’s difficulties, and eventually change the way an individual feels. There are a wide range of issues that CBT can be of help, and one of these is tinnitus. CBT includes both cognitive and behavioral therapy including imagery techniques, relaxation training and exposure to difficult situations.


How Does CBT Work on Tinnitus?

Many studies have supported the use of CBT for treating tinnitus.CBT determines the negative automatic thought of a person suffering from tinnitus. The cognitive model is comprised of a core belief, intermediate thought and automatic thought. After determining the automatic thought, CBT then evaluates the validity of such thought with the patient. Since it is time limited, the therapist usually conducts eight to 24 weekly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions. People with tinnitus undergoing these sessions may find themselves experiencing less distress and anxiety. How does this happen? CBT constructs more realistic and positive thoughts about the situation of a person.

Depending on the gravity of the condition, a tinnitus can cause a lot of stress, more than what you could probably imagine. It helps to talk to a specialist to find out what tests you need. Discuss the possibility of undergoing a CBT session to improve your mental health and lessen the anxieties that prevent you from enjoying your normal activities.

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