Chronic tinnitus is a common health problem. However, no effective drug treatment has been found yet. Researchers in UK evaluated the effects of mindfulness meditation in tinnitus (Sadlier et al., 2008).
In the study, 25 chronic tinnitus sufferers were divided into two groups. One group had a meditation training. The other group waited three months and was then trained in the same way, but used as controls. The study also conducted a four to six-month follow-up (Sadlier et al., 2008).
The study found significant reductions in tinnitus variables in both of the groups (Sadlier et al., 2008). In addition, the improvement was maintained during the follow-up period.
This study demonstrates that cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation may be useful for relieving chronic tinnitus. Further studies with larger population groups are still needed to confirm the results and to find out the mechanisms of such healing effects.
Sadlier, M., Stephens, S. D., et al. (2008) Tinnitus rehabilitation: a mindfulness meditation cognitive behavioural therapy approach. J Laryngol Otol 122, 31-37.