What is the role of support groups in the treatment of tinnitus?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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People with tinnitus often feel alone with their condition. The opportunity to share experiences in a group session, either with or without a counselor, is helpful. Many cities have support groups that meet on an irregular basis. These groups can be found by calling the local public library or the newspaper for meeting times. Many otolaryngologists who care for large groups of tinnitus patients have assisted a local group through its formation and development.

American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA), based in Portland, Oregon, is one of the best-known organizations providing sympathetic support. The organization directs research and education pertaining to tinnitus across the country. The ATA publishes a monthly newsletter that many patients find reassuring. They know that research is being conducted and that others in the world have similar symptoms.


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