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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Otolaryngology

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Tinnitus distress affects one out of every three patients suffering from tinnitus. It is sudden, traumatic, and elicits a severe emotional response. To date, cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective therapy at reducing the initial, and secondary, emotional stresses caused by tinnitus distress. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, patients are taught cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, therapeutic sound masking, and repeated exposure. These skills lead to habituation and desensitization, providing recovery for the patient. The purpose of this article is to provide physician assistants with a form of therapy proven to bring relief. This article will discuss tinnitus distress, cognitive behavioral therapy, and give resources for providers to use immediately in their practice.

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