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Int J Audiol. 2008 Nov;47 Suppl 2:S112-8. doi: 10.1080/14992020802301688.

The effects of acceptance versus thought suppression for dealing with the intrusiveness of tinnitus.

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  • 1Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Link√∂ping University, Link√∂ping, Sweden.


The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of acceptance versus suppression of disruptions on a mental imagery task in a sample of tinnitus patients. Previous research has indicated that acceptance can be an effective strategy for dealing with unpleasant experiences such as pain and anxiety. The study used a between-group design, including 47 participants who completed a task involving mental imagery in a sound-proof booth. Participants were randomly assigned to three instruction conditions: acceptance, suppression, or a control condition. The results showed a significant difference between the acceptance group and the control group in that participants in the acceptance group were able to focus on the imagery task for a longer time without being interrupted. The study provides preliminary support for the notion that acceptance can be a helpful strategy for tinnitus patients.

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