Berlin - Chronic tinnitus - noise or ringing in the ears - is sometimes treatable with psychotherapy, according to the Association of German Neurologists (BVDN).
Stress, which often triggers the chronic form of the feared hearing disorder, can be treated with various therapies, the BVDN pointed out.
It said the therapist could help the patient determine the cause of the tinnitus and suggest ways to minimize the noises or at least allow them to be integrated into the patient's everyday life.
Relaxation therapies can also help. Psychotherapy is especially likely to be successful if the tinnitus is accompanied by mental disorders such as depression, said the BVDN's chairman, Frank Bergmann.
The therapy can then treat not only the tinnitus but the ailment in its entirety. Tinnitus caused by a sudden noise is called Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), or sudden deafness.
In this case, the best treatment is medication that promotes blood flow inside the ear, which prevents chronic tinnitus.