Using Therapeutic Sound With Progressive Audiologic Tinnitus Management

James A. Henry, Tara L. Zaugg, Paula J. Myers, Martin A. Schechter

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Management of tinnitus generally involves educational counseling, stress reduction, and/or the use of therapeutic sound. This article focuses on therapeutic sound, which can involve three objectives: (a) producing a sense of relief from tinnitus-associated stress (using soothing sound); (b) passively diverting attention away from tinnitus by reducing contrast between tinnitus and the acoustic environment (using background sound); and (c) actively diverting attention away from tinnitus (using interesting sound). Each of these goals can be accomplished using three different types of sound—broadly categorized as environmental sound, music, and speech—resulting in nine combinations of uses of sound and types of sound to manage tinnitus. The authors explain the uses and types of sound, how they can be combined, and how the different combinations are used with Progressive Audiologic Tinnitus Management. They also describe how sound is used with other sound-based methods of tinnitus management (Tinnitus Masking, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, and Neuromonics).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-209
Number of pages22
JournalTrends in Amplification
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • auditory
  • hearing disorders
  • intervention
  • outcomes
  • rehabilitation
  • tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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