NPR: Psychotherapy Helps People Tune Out The Din Of Tinnitus

Psychotherapy may be a solution to those who experience tinnitus, a condition that causes an individual to hear a ringing or roaring sound. An article released by NPR mentions that while tinnitus may be a simple annoyance to some individuals, it can be so intolerable to others that they begin to experience anxiety, depression, and an overall decreased quality of life. As mentioned in this article, Dr. Harrison Lin, an ear surgeon at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, states, “Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely accepted and promoted by our national professional society, but very few people know about it. It’s about converting the way in which you think about tinnitus from negative emotions and trains of thought to more positive trains of thought.” An incorporation of relaxation techniques and mindfulness may also help affected individuals develop the skills to adjust and remain calm when their tinnitus is negatively impacting their day. Visit NPR’s website for the full article and all related resources.