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Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 729 — 742

Abstract — Coping with tinnitus

Erin Martz, PhD, CRC;1–2* James A. Henry, PhD1,3

1National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Department of Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR; 2Rehability, Beaverton, OR; 3Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Abstract — This narrative article on coping with tinnitus has four primary objectives. First, theoretical perspectives about defining and categorizing coping are discussed. Second, an overview of the empirical research on coping with tinnitus is provided, focusing on how coping with tinnitus has been measured and on the trends that were found in research on coping with tinnitus. Third, the problems related to the current state of research on coping with tinnitus are highlighted. Fourth, suggestions are provided on ways that researchers can improve research on coping with tinnitus.

Key words: adaptation, auditory rehabilitation, chronic health condition, coping, disability, impairment, psychometrics, rehabilitation, tinnitus, Veterans.

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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