Emotional processing refers to the way in which people deal with disturbing events (such as tinnitus) in their lives: some people might ‘bottle up’ their emotions and maintain a stiff upper lip; others might share their experience of tinnitus and openly express how they are feeling. The question is: does tinnitus severity vary depending on the style with which people process their emotions? Are people who are deficient in emotional processing more likely to experience tinnitus distress?
Susan used a variety of questionnaires to measure people’s tinnitus distress and their emotional processing, and she is now developing a new therapy based on her findings. She will be speaking about her work at the BTA Annual Conference in Birmingham in September 2018. It was a very interesting talk about an exciting new area in tinnitus research, and we are grateful to Susan for coming along to speak to us. We wish her well with her new therapy work.
Afterwards, Susan was happy to respond to a wide range of questions from the audience ‒ not all of them related to her research topic - and she fielded everyone's questions well.
All round, another good meeting with 17 people attending.