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Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom national health service audiology departments

Smith, Sandra N.; Broomhead, Emily; Greenwell, Kate; Watts, Emily; Stockdale, David; Hoare, Derek J.


Emily Broomhead

Kate Greenwell

Emily Watts

David Stockdale

Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences


© 2018, © 2018 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Self-help has the potential to provide low-cost and effective ways of improving access to psychological support for people with tinnitus. When developing and evaluating resources it is important to consider issues that may influence successful implementation. This Survey explored clinicians’ use and views on self-help, and barriers to implementation. An online survey was distributed to 220 UK audiology departments. One-hundred and twenty-four clinicians responded to the survey (91 audiologists, 32 hearing therapists, 1 clinical psychologist), each representing a different tinnitus department. Two-thirds of respondents reported providing or recommending self-help resources. Potential benefits were patient empowerment and providing a means of engaging patients in their care. Almost half of respondents felt that there is insufficient training or guidance for clinicians on using or promoting self-help. Clinicians felt that for patients with low-level tinnitus severity, self-help may reduce the number of audiology appointments required. For patients with more complex needs self-help may be useful to engage with between clinical appointments. Further research is needed to determine effectiveness, who benefits, and by what mechanism, before clinicians can confidently recommend or implement self-help. Clinicians will benefit from formal guidance on promoting and supporting use of self-help for tinnitus.


Smith, S. N., Broomhead, E., Greenwell, K., Watts, E., Stockdale, D., & Hoare, D. J. (2018). Promotion and views on tinnitus self-help within United Kingdom national health service audiology departments. International Journal of Audiology, 57(12), 900-907.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 27, 2018
Publication Date Dec 2, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2019
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 12
Pages 900-907
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics
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