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Best Practice CBT for Tinnitus Distress

Tinnitus Distress Webinar, Constant Ringing in Ears, Anxiety, CBT Treatment
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm ET


Join ADAA for a live Q&A with Dr. Hubbard on May 2nd, 2023 to ask your questions about CBT and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common neurological condition in which a person hears internal sounds which have no external source. Everyone hears tinnitus occasionally, but for about a billion people world-wide the sounds are persistent and chronic. Persistent tinnitus appears to arise from the same nerve damage that causes hearing loss. There is no known medical treatment. Shortly after tinnitus starts about one in four people develop an emotional condition called tinnitus distress, which consists of mild to severe anxiety. Audiologist-guided “sound therapy” is the most common treatment for tinnitus distress, however, this has been shown to be no better than placebo. 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the only evidence-based treatment for tinnitus distress and the only treatment recommended in US and European tinnitus clinical guidelines. However, because tinnitus is not a mental health diagnosis, very few qualified cognitive behavior therapists know of or treat tinnitus distress. In 2017, Bruce Hubbard and the ADAA produced the first freely available webinar on “Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Tinnitus Distress.” 

As of November 2022, it has garnered close to 350,000 views. This Part 2 webinar expands on and clarifies points made in the original, and a best practice version of CBT for tinnitus is described. “Best Practice CBT for tinnitus Distress” incorporates concepts and strategies from two additional therapies in the CBT family, which have been shown to significantly reduce tinnitus distress: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  


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Bruce Hubbard, PhD, ABPP

Bruce Hubbard, PhD

On developing tinnitus distress in 2005, Bruce Hubbard, an experienced clinical psychologist, turned for help to the only evidence-based treatment, CBT, but could not find a single qualified expert. After successfully guiding himself through the program, he went on to found CBT for Tinnitus, LLC, whose mission is to fill this evidence-to-practice gap by providing internet-based training and coaching to tinnitus distress sufferers throughout the world. He has published numerous articles and podcasts on CBT and mindfulness for tinnitus. Bruce’s webinar, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Tinnitus Distress, sponsored by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), has garnered more than 380,000 views as of March 2023.

Bruce Hubbard is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Teachers College, a past President (2016-2018) of the New York City Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association, and Founder of CBT for Tinnitus, LLC. Bruce is certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Binghamton University and his clinical internship at New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital. 

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