Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an inclusive term that features and combines numerous psychological interventions that were developed and evolved from cognitive and behavioural therapies respectively. CBT for tinnitus aims primarily to reduce the reactivity associated with tinnitus, rather than the perceived loudness.
Behavioural therapies (e.g. behavioural activation, exposure, relaxation) aim to help patients overrule learned associations between tinnitus and counter-productive responses (e.g. avoiding tinnitus-increasing activities). Cognitive therapies, on the other hand, focus on the relationship between thoughts and emotions (Ellis 1977), and apply a process of identification and modification of errors in thought processing of experiences (Beck 1979). Combined, the behavioural and cognitive theories have produced a range of intervention components designed to address the dysfunctional thought processes, behavioural and emotional responses that maintain aversive reactivity.
This 8 week course is meant to give you the tools and techniques required for you to decrease aversive reactivity towards Tinnitus. An audiologist from ODYO Online will guide through the course and support you all along the way.