As tinnitus becomes more noticeable in a quiet environment, it may affect your sleep patterns: either preventing you from falling asleep or waking you up. If you are anxious about your tinnitus, this can lead to negative thoughts, raised stress levels and changes in behaviour.
In turn, this can make the tinnitus seem more noticeable and intrusive, especially when you are trying to sleep. Sleep therapy involves reflecting on your beliefs about sleep, sleep record, and evaluating those negative automatic thoughts about tinnitus. The counselling process aims to change attitudes to tinnitus, and ultimately improve your sleep quality.
You may have noticed that your tinnitus is worse if you are anxious or tired. The Tinnitus Clinic audiologists will teach you relaxation techniques to help reduce the invasiveness of your tinnitus, its effects on your stress levels and everyday life. Our audiologists will train you in breathing and muscle relaxation techniques, and show you how to keep a record of your relaxation exercises.
Behavioural Therapy is a form of treatment for tinnitus that examines how thought processes adversely affect behaviour and how you can change those thoughts. It is a method for reducing the negative emotional reaction to tinnitus and often serve to reduce the associated anxiety. Behavioural Therapy uses relaxation, cognitive restructuring of thoughts, and uses situational examples to help improve your feelings about your tinnitus.