Emotional Processing and Non-Auditory Based Interventions in Tinnitus In this brief review, we describe the latest research on the emotional underpinnings of an individual's reaction to chronic tinnitus. We elucidate evidence for interventions that are beginning to show promise in alleviating the distressing aspects of this reaction. Such therapies do not rely on the traditional sound-based approaches, instead ... Article
Article  |   October 26, 2016
Emotional Processing and Non-Auditory Based Interventions in Tinnitus
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Fatima T. Husain
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Yihsin Tai
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Megan K. Finnegan
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
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  • Financial: Fatima T. Husain is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yihsin Tai and Megan K. Finnegan have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Fatima T. Husain is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yihsin Tai and Megan K. Finnegan have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Fatima T. Husain has previously published in this subject area, some of those works are cited in this manuscript. Yihsin Tai and Megan K. Finnegan have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Fatima T. Husain has previously published in this subject area, some of those works are cited in this manuscript. Yihsin Tai and Megan K. Finnegan have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Hearing Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   October 26, 2016
Emotional Processing and Non-Auditory Based Interventions in Tinnitus
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG7.13
History: Received April 15, 2016 , Revised July 8, 2016 , Accepted July 8, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 13-23. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG7.13
History: Received April 15, 2016; Revised July 8, 2016; Accepted July 8, 2016

In this brief review, we describe the latest research on the emotional underpinnings of an individual's reaction to chronic tinnitus. We elucidate evidence for interventions that are beginning to show promise in alleviating the distressing aspects of this reaction. Such therapies do not rely on the traditional sound-based approaches, instead they focus on psychological or mental health by incorporating a “mindfulness” aspect, or by relying on a cognitive-behavior methodology, or indirectly by including an exercise regimen. There is, as yet, no cure for tinnitus, but additional tools that allow an audiologist to guide patients towards better managing their symptoms will go a long way toward providing relief to many.

Acknowledgments
We wish to thank Anthony Tsao for assistance with the figure.
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