Tinnitus (ringing or hissing in the ears not produced
by external sound) has been the top serviceconnected
disability in the Department of Veterans
Affairs for the past 8 years. In this article, we focused
on coping with tinnitus. Fundamentally, coping can
be regarded as a person's efforts to manage stress.
Multiple research studies and interventions have been
created to help individuals with tinnitus. However,
these studies are flawed in several important ways.
We suggest ways to improve research on coping with
tinnitus in order to develop better interventions for
Veterans with tinnitus. Coping is an important aspect
of tinnitus research because most types of tinnitus are
not curable, and helping individuals learn how to better
cope with it may bring relief to those who experience
significant distress because of their tinnitus.
Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
Pages 729 — 742
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