Current Validated Medical Treatments for Tinnitus: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Laurence McKenna, Florian Vogt, Elizabeth Marks

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Tinnitus distress results from a weave of physical and psychological processes. Reducing the power of the psychological processes will therefore reduce the degree of suffering. The main psychological therapy in this context is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This seeks to understand and change the influence of thinking processes, including information processing biases, and the behaviors that these motivate, on the experience of tinnitus. The results of systematic reviews and meta-analyses indicate that CBT is the tinnitus management approach for which there is the most robust evidence. In spite of this it remains difficult to access for people with tinnitus.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Specialist publicationOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Acceptance
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Insomnia
  • MBCT
  • Mindfulness
  • Tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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