Overcoming Fears

In the early stages people with tinnitus have many worries and fears regarding their tinnitus. It is important to address these fears with an experienced tinnitus counsellor.

Listed below are some of the main fears expressed by people with tinnitus and the reality regarding those fears:


Fear Versus Reality

The Fear: Do I have: a serious illness, a brain tumour or blood clot?

Unlikely because only approximately 4% of people with tinnitus are found to have a treatable medical condition. A thorough medical examination by your GP and ENT specialist will determine whether you are in the 4%,

The Fear: Will my tinnitus drive me insane?

No. In the early stages it may have a huge emotional impact, but it is not linked to insanity.

The Fear: Will it get louder?

Research suggests that you do not need to fear tinnitus increasing with age. Other factors may temporarily increase your tinnitus, such as tiredness, being run down and stressed.

The Fear: Will it continue forever?

If you have had your tinnitus for longer than 6 months it is most likely that you have permanent tinnitus.

The Fear: my tinnitus can’t be cured

If you have had your tinnitus for longer than 6 months it is most likely that you have permanent tinnitus. There is no cure, however, there are very effective treatments and successful management strategies.

The Fear: I will have no more peace and quiet

It is true that very quiet environments should be avoided, but peaceful and restful times can still be enjoyed.  Over time, tinnitus will accepted as your new ‘normal’ background.

The Fear: It will interfere with my concentration

Your concentration will be affected in the early stages. However, as you begin to successfully manage your tinnitus your concentration will improve.

The Fear: Tinnitus will affect my sleep

Many people with tinnitus have sleep problems in the early stages. More normal sleep patterns return when you become less anxious about your tinnitus and find distraction techniques that help you get off to sleep.


It is important to overcome your fears. Failure to do so will impede your progress toward habituation.