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Contribution of cognitive and behavioral therapy for patients with tinnitus

11 Apr

In a study at a French hearing clinic (Laboratoire de Recherche sur l''Audition) at Rene Descartes University, 96 patients with chronic and intense tinnitus (ringing and buzzing in the ears) - 38 females, 36 males, with a mean age of 48 years - were given a cognitive behavioral therapy protocol (CBT) specifically developed for this condition, and designed particularly to help with the anxiety and depression that often accompanies tinnitus.

The study concludes that it is of critical importance to address and treat the related distress of anxiety and depression in this population, and that CBT significantly helps with this, as well as ameliorating the perception of tinnitus in 75% of the study subjects.

Citation: Londero A, Peignard P, Malinvaud D, Nicolas-Puel C, Avan P, Bonfils P. [Contribution of cognitive and behavioral therapy for patients with tinnitus: implication in anxiety and depression] Annales d Oto-Laryngologie et de Chirurgie Cervico-Faciale. 2004 Dec; 121 (6): pages 334-45.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award