Should I consider cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for individuals with tinnitus?
CBT does not improve the subjective loudness of tinnitus or the symptoms of clinical depression, if present.
Tinnitus affects 6–17 per cent of the population, with 0.5–2 per cent having tinnitus that produces sufficient annoyance to interfere with normal daily life.1 At present there is no specific therapy for tinnitus which benefits all individuals. (1. Searchfield GD. NZ Fam Phys 2003;30:345–349)