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Coping with tinnitus

Erin Martz, PhD, CRC; James A. Henry, PhD

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

Abbreviations: CBT = cognitive behavioral therapy, CET = Coping Effectiveness Training, PTM = Progressive Tinnitus Management, RCT = randomized controlled trial, TCQ = Tinnitus Coping Questionnaire, TCSQ = Tinnitus Coping Strategy Questionnaire, TCT = Tinnitus Coping Training, TFI = Tinnitus Functional Index, TRQ = Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire, TRT = Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, VA = Department of Veterans Affairs.
*Address all correspondence to Erin Martz, PhD, CRC; National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, VA Portland Health Care System, Bldg 6, Rm 114A, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239; 503-220-8262, ext 56006. Email:

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Martz E, Henry JA. Coping with tinnitus. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6):729–42.

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