tinnitus and suicidal thoughts

Tinnitus and Suicidal Behavior

2020 has been a very difficult year for many of us. More so for some than others. The increased number of suicides from year to year is jaw-dropping. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2018, as of March 1, 2020, Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. The rate of suicide is truly saddening and astounding. In fact, during the year 2018, there were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts. Of the many causes of suicide, tinnitus remains on the list of causes. The correlation between tinnitus and suicide is shocking to many individuals. 

Nearly 30% of individuals experience tinnitus and approximately 6% report that their tinnitus is disabling. Tinnitus is any noise in your ears or head that is not related to a true sound within the environment. Tinnitus can be perceived as ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, and or chirping. This can become extremely bothersome and annoying. This annoyance can lead to anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, and suicidal thoughts. 1 in 6 (16%) of tinnitus patients reported suicidal thoughts (Fox-Thomas, 2016). 

Tinnitus is dreadful to experience day after day. This is heightened by the lack of information, treatment options, and public awareness. The thought of a tinnitus sufferer ending or attempting to end their lives is extremely troubling. Tinnitus sufferers need to know that they are not suffering alone. There is hope for tinnitus to decrease and be less bothersome. Treatment options that can provide significant relief include; Progressive Tinnitus Management, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), sound generators, and hearing aids.

If you’re struggling with tinnitus, know that you’re not alone and that there’s hope. At the Ear, Nose & Throat Institute our audiologists are trained to treat tinnitus with varying options. It is manageable. To schedule a same-day appointment, call 770-740-1860 or click on the button below. 

Written by Sonia Hamidi, Au.D., CCC-A 

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