Depression and tinnitus

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003 Apr;36(2):383-8. doi: 10.1016/s0030-6665(02)00168-8.


Most patients with tinnitus are neither depressed nor seriously bothered by their tinnitus. Patients who complain bitterly of tinnitus, however, are often found to have a MDD. Treatment with tricyclic antidepressant drugs helps these patients, especially those who complain of insomnia. Other types of drugs and psychotherapy may also be helpful.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Humans
  • Tinnitus / psychology*
  • Tinnitus / therapy