Tinnitus and Hearing Loss: Achieving Holistic Hearing Wellness

Holistic care can be a beneficial way to address challenges associated with hearing loss and tinnitus.
Written by
Melanie K. Hecker, Au.D., CH-TM
Published on2 July 2024

Living with tinnitus and hearing loss can be challenging. It impacts one’s ability to hear and quality of daily life in many ways — think lack of sleep, difficulty concentrating, and even stress and anxiety. For many, a holistic hearing wellness approach is essential for conquering these challenges and learning tangible skills to find relief.

The impact of tinnitus and hearing loss

You may have tinnitus with or without hearing loss. Whether or not you have hearing loss, one thing is for sure: dealing with constant noise in your ears, like ringing or buzzing, can take a toll.

It can also require having challenging conversations. For some, this may mean opening up to loved ones about hearing and treatment progression. For others, it’s learning how to navigate and advocate for accessibility modifications in the workplace. Whatever the situation, pushing these conversations off can cause one to struggle much longer than needed.

And it's not just about your ears either. The experience of hearing loss and tinnitus goes beyond the physical hearing impairment to affect emotional well-being and social interactions too.

It’s completely normal for change to be accompanied by internal conflict. This may be experienced as:

  • Grief
  • Frustration
  • and/or fluctuations in self-esteem 

Often, people living with tinnitus report that it makes them feel anxious and stressed and/or prevents them from resting well. Stress and lack of sleep are two of the best-known triggers that worsen tinnitus symptoms. It’s a vicious cycle. The good news? You can break the cycle and reduce the impact that tinnitus has on your quality of life.

By addressing tinnitus and hearing loss holistically — with a focus on mind, body, social environment, and overall health and wellness — it’s possible to find relief from the impact of tinnitus.

It’s possible to live life on your terms with hearing loss and tinnitus. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing
It’s possible to live life on your terms with hearing loss and tinnitus. Photo courtesy of BLUEMOTH Hearing

The benefits of holistic care

Holistic care can be a beneficial way to address the complex challenges associated with hearing loss and tinnitus. A trusted hearing care provider can help you understand how to meet these challenges with confidence and express yourself fully. Seeking out a hearing care provider to have an open conversation, access new tools, and learn how to shift your mindset can help you to: 

  • Manage tinnitus
  • Overcome hearing loss challenges
  • Reduce stress

One way to approach holistic hearing wellness is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In the past, CBT for tinnitus would need to be delivered in person by a licensed practitioner. Today, digital CBT-based programs for tinnitus can be delivered on a smartphone, making the latest technological advances in hearing healthcare more affordable and accessible.

CBT for tinnitus can support individuals by helping them to:

  • Develop practical problem-solving skills
  • Minimize triggers that worsen tinnitus symptoms
  • Identify and change unhelpful thought patterns
  • Replace unhelpful behaviors
  • Use relaxation and mindfulness exercises to reduce stress
  • Break vicious cycles that amplify the experience of tinnitus symptoms 

One such program, Mahana Tinnitus, is now available via hearing healthcare providers. The program offers the foundational education and skills needed to help individuals find relief from the distress of tinnitus — all from a smartphone. The Mahana Tinnitus program has been studied in people with tinnitus and found to provide relief from the impact of tinnitus in 61% of study participants.

Often, a CBT-based tinnitus program is part of a holistic care plan that you and your hearing healthcare provider develop together. That is, one that considers the whole person for more effective outcomes with symptom management. With the right tools that fit your unique situation, it’s possible to reduce the impact that tinnitus can have on your quality of life.

BLUEMOTH is an exclusive provider of Mahana Tinnitus. Schedule a free virtual consultation with a hearing healthcare provider to get started today.

Get relief from the impact of tinnitus.
Get relief from the impact of tinnitus.

Mahana Tinnitus is an evidence-based, self-guided digital program designed to help improve your quality of life.

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