The study aims to develop and to evaluate a psychophysiological intervention for distressing chronic tinnitus. Therefore 100 people suffering from chronic tinnitus are randomly assigned to either an intervention-group, receiving 12 sessions of a psychophysiological oriented intervention, or to a waiting-list-group, who are waiting for a comparable time period. Afterwards, patients of the waiting-list-group also receive intervention. The effects of the intervention on severity, distress and perceived loudness of the tinnitus as well as on other psychological variables like depression or self-efficacy are evaluated through comparing the results of the intervention group with those of the waiting-list-group.
Additionally the psychophysiological reactivity under different stress-conditions is measured before and after intervention or waiting. Therefore the activity of the muscles of head and shoulders (EMG) as well as the skin temperature and skin conductance are measured. It is hypothesized that patients with stronger psychophysiological reactivity benefit more from an psychophysiological intervention.
Estimated Enrollment: 130
Study Start Date: May 2005
Study Completion Date: May 2008