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Hearing and CBT

The loss or impairment of our hearing can be upsetting and inconvenient, but we can find ways to reduce the stress this may cause. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression in deaf and hard-of-hearing patients. This treatment focuses on an individual’s reaction to hearing loss or tinnitus. CBT does not cure the problem; it is a tool to help us cope.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT first came about in the 1980s and was developed to deal with pain, depression, anxiety, and other types of mental distress. It is now one of the most widely used therapies for hearing loss and tinnitus patients.

CBT Can Help

We respond to situations using our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Utilising CBT, we can change how we perceive ourselves when responding to our symptoms and diagnosis.

 

CBT can help us overcome our embedded negative thought patterns, as these negative feelings negatively impact our emotions and behaviours. CBT aims to change our automatic responses to a more positive outlook. CBT focuses on improving our ability to regulate our emotional reactions to stress and anxiety. It teaches personal coping strategies and skills, including relaxation exercises and techniques to redirect our attention.

 

If you are constantly dwelling on your hearing challenges, you aren’t going to enjoy life post-diagnosis. CBT can teach you how to adjust your thinking and, most importantly, how to have a different automatic emotional reaction.

How Does CBT Support Individuals With Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in either or both ears, and it doesn’t come from an outside source. If you have been diagnosed with tinnitus and other treatment options have failed, there are three essential parts of your CBT:

 

  • Get used to the new sound and be hyper-aware of your emotions when you let the noise control you.
  • Move your attention away from the stressful sounds; try relaxation therapy or other mental and emotional centering practices.
  • Accept your tinnitus. It is a chronic illness, and there isn’t a cure for some types. CBT aids in addressing the issues of accepting and living with your condition instead of fighting against constant frustration and mental anguish.

 

If you suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus, or wear hearing aids, you need to visit your Audiologist and ask what your best options are moving forward regarding your mental and emotional health.

 

Be honest as you express your feelings about your new diagnosis and ask about CBT and a qualified professional therapist in your area. We have CBT specialists here at Pindrop Hearing – get in touch today to find out more.

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