There is no single approach to tinnitus patients as there are many causes of tinnitus. Usually a comprehensive approach is done including a combination of tinnitus education, patient counselling, sound therapy and medical intervention. In cases where medical and psychological care is not required, patients can opt for the following treatment:
Appropriate sound amplification with open fit hearing aids and use of sound generations are a common well-known measure of reducing the symptoms of tinnitus by diverting an individual’s attention away from the tinnitus and focusing on environmental sounds (Sweetow & Henderson, 2010a).
Sweetow, R. W., & Henderson, S. J. (2010a). An overview of common procedures for the management of tinnitus patients. The Hearing Journal, 63(11), 11-15.
Patient education and counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Patient education on tinnitus, its causes and general mechanisms can help patients identify and understand any triggers or negative reaction towards their tinnitus. Patient education can also help correct any misconceptions towards tinnitus can also help individuals change their feelings, behaviours and thoughts and reduce their reaction to the tinnitus.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is a combination of patient education, counselling and sound therapy and is known to be clinically effective in reducing the annoyance and impact of tinnitus.
Read more about Tinnitus Retraining Therapy below:
Effect of tinnitus retraining therapy on the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus: a controlled trial
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy: A Different View on Tinnitus
Long-Term Clinical Trial of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
Outcomes of Clinical Trial: Tinnitus Masking versus Tinnitus Retraining Therapy