Category Archives: Tinnitus

Understanding Tinnitus: Mindfulness (Part 5)

Understanding Tinnitus: Mindfulness (Part 5)

Tinnitus can impact all areas of life. It can be really difficult for people with tinnitus not only to manage the symptoms, but also to manage the psychological side effects. There are many ways that therapy can help people living with tinnitus find a way to live a fulfilled and quality life.

 

Learning and implementing mindfulness practices can improve daily management of tinnitus symptoms. 

Mindfulness skills can improve stress management, decrease anxiety, manage depression symptoms, improve sleeping difficulties, and help relationship difficulties. Tinnitus can be managed in a positive way when people learn and practice mindfulness daily.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental approach to life that is gradually cultivated throughout a person’s life after it is learned in therapy. The goal of mindfulness practices is to help people focus on and live in the present moment to reduce both anxiety and depression.

Over time, people who practice mindfulness learn to willfully shift their attention to better manage stress and emotions. Mindfulness has been found to be extremely helpful for many disorders, including tinnitus, by numerous research studies.

How does mindfulness help tinnitus?

People with Tinnitus who practice mindfulness report an improvement in psychological side effects as well as improved quality of daily functioning.

Mindfulness training can help to improve the overall well-being of people living with tinnitus by improving their ability to manage daily stress.

As we’ve noted before, there is a high correlation between tinnitus and stress. Through mindfulness training, people can learn to recognize the signs of stress and exacerbation taking over their ability to manage their tinnitus. It can help people to learn to live in the present with moment-to-moment awareness through inner relaxation skills.

Mindfulness can also help people accept their tinnitus diagnosis and conquer the anxiety they may feel about having the condition.

 

Laura Lebovitz

LLebovitz@ GROWcounseling.com

Understanding Tinnitus: Treatment Options (Part 4)

Understanding Tinnitus: Treatment Options (Part 4)

Now that you understand what tinnitus is, you might be thinking, “What can I do if I have tinnitus?” or “How can therapy be helpful with the symptoms I am experiencing?” Today I hope to give you an idea of the treatment options that are available for someone who might be suffering from tinnitus. Read More »

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 3)

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 3)

Tinnitus is a disorder that you may never have heard of, however, the statistics are staggering as to how many people suffer from this condition. Today, I hope to give you an idea of just how much tinnitus can affect a person’s life. We’ll also discuss the other disorders, known as co-occurring disorders, that often accompany it. Read More »

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 2)

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 2)

Are you living with tinnitus? Do you know someone that lives with tinnitus? There is a good chance that you do know someone that suffers from this condition, as it affects about 1 in 5 people.

Last time, we discussed what exactly tinnitus is and how many people are affected by it. Today we’ll look at what causes tinnitus and the symptoms that are associated with this condition.Read More »

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 1)

Understanding Tinnitus (Part 1)

Tinnitus is a condition that can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and in some cases, suicide. Because of the psychological distress that often accompanies this condition, I believe it is important to understand tinnitus and the current treatment options available. Let’s start by gaining a better understanding of tinnitus and how many people are affected by this condition.Read More »

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