In a pioneering study, Dr Hashir Aazh, in collaboration with Professor Brian C.J. Moore and Dr Christina Bryant (School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne) explored the views of patients who completed audiologist-delivered CBT regarding: (1) the effectiveness of the treatment, and (2) the acceptability of receiving CBT from audiologists. This is one of the first studies assessing the patients’ perspectives on the acceptability of CBT for tinnitus and hyperacusis delivered by audiologists, as opposed to mental health professionals. One may have expected that, since CBT is typically offered in mental health settings, it would not be acceptable to patients seen in outpatient audiology clinics for seemingly ear-related disorders. He described that 97% of the patients reported that it was very acceptable to receive tinnitus-focused CBT from specialist audiologists and 87% of patients reported that they were able to manage their tinnitus differently compared to before you started your treatment.
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