Although this is the first research done in the USA, there have been numerous studies focusing on using Tackling Tinnitus in Europe and the UK. Tinnitus professionals have viewed the program and gave it high ratings for the content, presentation and its suitability for those with tinnitus. Subsequent studies found that this program is able to reduce the impact of tinnitus and the effects of associated problems such as sleep difficulties. The most recent study indicated that similar results can be obtained regardless of obtaining tinnitus therapy online or seeing a health professional in a tinnitus clinic. It has shown that the effects generally only start becoming evident after about 6 weeks of doing the program and these effects are maintained for at least a year after completing the program.
Those who have undergone the program found that the efforts made to dedicating time towards doing the program and trying the techniques each week was well worth the time. They have found that the effects are lasting and have improved their outlook on life. They have commented on the value of having an Audiologist support them throughout the program.
Here are some comments:
“I cannot say how much I have valued this program and was so grateful to have had the opportunity to do it. My tinnitus has vastly improved- vastly! It is far less intrusive and the techniques are now part of my daily life. I have truly habituated to my tinnitus and I can’t thank you enough!”
“I feel privileged and extremely fortunate to have been chosen to take part in the tackling tinnitus program because not only has it helped me to reinterpretation and cope with tinnitus effectively it has also given me new positive coping strategies to deal with many aspects throughout my life.”
"People said I just need to get used to the tinnitus, but not how. I now know how and this has made such a significant difference to me and the way I relate to and manage my tinnitus. I don’t feel alone and that there is something I can do about the tinnitus, not just having to accept it. Thank you!”
“Thanks so much to you and the team, it is so great to be doing something positive and taking control rather than just grinning and bearing my tinnitus which I had been doing until now. I now have tools so that tinnitus does not have such a big impact anymore.”
“ I am a much more relaxed person, it’s brilliant. It is a marvellous programme, very well put together. It is very beneficial for chronic anxiety and depression as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and benefited immensely.”
“I have had an attitude change and view tinnitus from a different perspective. I am in control and am able to embrace it and not just cope with it. I am now able to deal with tinnitus in a positive way.”
“It’s been fantastic. I have control, 180 mind shift. I had tinnitus for so many years and just put a lid on it. So many aspects have been new to me.”
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Beukes, E.W., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M., Manchaiah, V. & Andersson, G. (2018). Audiologist-Guided Internet-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for adults with Tinnitus in the United Kingdom: A randomised controlled trial. Ear and Hearing, 39(3), 423-433. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000505
Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V., Baguley, D.M., Allen, P.M. & Andersson, G. (2018). Long-term efficacy of Audiologist-guided Internet-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology, 27(3S), 431-447. doi:10.1044/2018_AJA-IMIA3-18-0004
Beukes, E.W., Manchaiah, V., Andersson, G.A., Allen, P.A. & Baguley, D.M. (2018). Participants experiences of an Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for tinnitus. International Journal of Audiology, 57(12), 947-954. https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2018.1514538
Beukes, E.W., Andersson, G.A., Allen, P.A., Manchaiah, V. & Baguley, D.M. (2018). Effectiveness of guided Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus face-to-face clinical care for treatment of tinnitus: A randomised clinical trial. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, 144(12), 1126-1133. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2238.