CBT for Hearing Distortion

Discussion in 'Dr. Bruce Hubbard (Psychologist, CBT)' started by Aldo, Nov 29, 2014.

    1. Aldo

      Aldo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Dear Dr Hubbard

      Thank you for sharing your own frank and inspiring story. It has taken me a lot of courage to post this as I find my own situation so distressing but your words have helped enormously.

      A month ago I was using a hammer to break up some old (hard plastic) computer discs - just a few blows but stupidly it didn't occur to me to protect my ears.

      I now have one ear with some tinnitus, some HF frequency loss and sound distortion (at loudish volumes) particularly if I'm in a hard, acoustically reflective environment.

      My question is whether CBT can help me habituate to the distortion - which worries me far more than the tinnitus.

      Thank you for your time.
    2. Dr. Hubbard

      Dr. Hubbard Member

      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Yes Aldo, the same strategies used to help accept and habituate to tinnitus apply to sound distortion. The distortions were the scariest part for me as well. I occasionally notice them but without the fear and despair.
      Dr Hubbard
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