Mindfulness involves paying more attention to the present moment – to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the world around you. Practising mindfulness has been shown to have a range of positive effects – it can improve general wellbeing and also help people to cope with stress, depression, chronic pain and tinnitus.
When used as a therapy for tinnitus, mindfulness is not expected to change the nature of your tinnitus, but it can change how you respond to it in a positive way, so you’re able to cope with it better. It can help you to accept your tinnitus, so that you no longer fight it and it no longer causes you to feel distressed.
Mindfulness sessions are not available in all audiology departments, and you may need to be referred to a specialist tinnitus centre if this therapy is recommended for you.
If you can’t access mindfulness as part of a tinnitus management programme, you may find local classes, books, apps and online resources helpful.You can find out more about mindfulness on the NHS Choices website, and more about how it can help with tinnitus from the British Tinnitus Association.