Losing silence, gaining acceptance:A qualitative exploration of the role of thoughts in adult patients with subjective tinnitus


Objective: Tinnitus is one of the most common somatic symptoms to affect humanity. Prevalence rates in adult populations range from 8.2 to 20.1%. Our aim was to understand the beliefs and interpretations of tinnitus and the experience of living with it. Design: An in depth grounded theory interview study. Grounded theory is an inductive approach to developing theory. Sample: Thirteen contrasting people with tinnitus who had sought help from clinical services in England. Results: We identified that the thinking patterns that people held around their tinnitus impacted how they experienced it. A core category emerged from the data, “sense making”. Around “sense making” eight other themes operated. Results are discussed in relation to the literature on tinnitus acceptance and beliefs. Conclusions: The aim of interventions is to foster understanding and enhance perceptions of control, which may minimise the emotional impact of tinnitus and reduce the perceived severity of consequences.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2018.1500041
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: ©2018 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publication ISSN: 1708-8186
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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 09:23
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Published Date: 2018-10-08
Published Online Date: 2018-10-08
Accepted Date: 2018-07-07
Authors: Pryce, Helen (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5183-6236)
Chilvers, Katie



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