Podcast 16: Considering the Psychophysiological Elements of Tinnitus

Christopher ChristopherSUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Christopher Spankovich, PhD, MPH

TOPIC: Dr. Christopher Spankovich discusses how tinnitus interventions should address both the psychological and physiological impact of tinnitus on patients. He explores how nutrition, emotional health, and physical health all play a role in mitigating the negative impact of tinnitus. He also discusses the importance of helping patients understand the power of sound to elicit positive or negative emotions, aside from the tinnitus sound, in order to facilitate habituation. Noting that not all patients believe or accept the psychological component of tinnitus, Dr. Spankovich encourages providers to assess what best fits the needs of individual patients, taking into consideration their specific challenges, what the patient believes, and what he/she is likely to respond to, rather than focusing on a one-size-fits-all approach.

 

 

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Patient Stories

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Tinnitus Research

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Treatment Options

Treatment Options

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