In addition to treatments such as hearing aids and a wearable sound generator – which tackle the causes of tinnitus more directly – many sufferers benefit greatly from a further combination of therapies. While they may seem less evidence-based, they are backed by science, and we’d thoroughly recommend trying some or all before ruling them out.
Addressing underlying worries and concerns, and getting the support you need around your tinnitus, can be effective. This encompasses all varieties of psychological support, designed to help individuals deal with accompanying feelings of anxiety and depression.
Many people find that their tinnitus is worse when they are stressed, and better when they are relaxed. By developing strategies to unwind and relieve tension, some symptoms can be alleviated.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT or habituation therapy)
TRT uses sound generators and counselling to retrain the brain in sound processing, so you no longer hear your tinnitus. It is based on the idea that just as we can filter out other sounds, such as a fridge or air-conditioning unit, we can also get used to the sound of tinnitus. This process is called habituation.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This form of therapy addresses negative thoughts you may have around your tinnitus. Through both counselling and developing coping strategies, it changes the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours for those that are more positive.
Some people with troublesome tinnitus have sleep difficulties. In these cases, specific advice on what to do at home to help you sleep will be beneficial.
Sound Enrichment Therapy
The use of sound, either from desktop devices or wearable sound generators, can help to both reduce the starkness of the tinnitus and promote habituation. Wearable generators form half of the combination device treatment method.
It is possible that some people may benefit from medication, such as anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants or sleeping tablets, for conditions they have in addition to their tinnitus. There is no specific medication for tinnitus, but tackling problems that exacerbate its symptoms is a step in the right direction.
For more information, or consultation on which therapies might best benefit you, get in touch today.