Tinnitus Support

Tinnitus SupportWhere To Find Tinnitus Support Groups!

In many cases, the symptoms of tinnitus may not be resolved despite the current medical and natural treatment options.  This is where tinnitus support groups come in.

These support groups provide not only emotional support for their members, but also useful information regarding effective coping strategies, solutions, results of scientific studies and latest treatment options.  The sympathy, compassion and empathy provided by members are obviously the main reasons for joining these support groups.

The best support groups can improve the individual’s quality of life despite the distress caused by these sounds.  There are several choices in support groups, both formal and informal, of which the following are the most common.

Family and friends can provide support especially when the noises are louder in volume, higher in pitch or longer in duration than usual.  This informal support group is undoubtedly one of the most important support groups.

Licensed therapists can teach several coping techniques that will significantly lessen tinnitus symptoms. These professionals will also provide expert guidance in dealing with underlying issues that may be causing the tinnitus symptoms (i.e., anxiety, stress and depression).  Referrals to appropriate healthcare professionals will also be made when necessary.

Formal support groups are also great sources of personal and professional support.  Fellow members share their personal experiences about living with tinnitus, including effective coping strategies.  These support groups can be found online as well as in brick-and-mortar establishments.  We suggest joining a group led by a physician, a licensed therapist, or an audiologist.

Learn as much as you can.  Aside from these tinnitus support groups, it is recommended you learn as much as you can about tinnitus by reading books, asking doctors and participating in forums. You may even find that learning about tinnitus will help by making it less intimidating and less foreign.

Find A Support Network Near You.  This link will take you to a large list of support groups specifically for tinnitus sufferers.  If there isn’t one near you, feel free to contact one in another area or state.

Useful Resources:

American Tinnitus Association Support: http://www.ata.org/support

British Tinnitus Association Support: http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/support-services

2 Responses to “Tinnitus Support”

  1. Barrie says:

    I have been a tinnitus sufferer for many years and have become much worse over the last year. Now after reading about tinnitus support I am going to visit a licensed therapist. I live in St Paul. Can you recommend a Therapist?

    • Anne says:

      Hi Barrie, Unfortunately I’m unable to recommend individual therapists. I suggest you visit your family doctor who can give you a referral to a qualified therapist in your area.

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