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Lifeworld interpretation of tinnitus
  1. Helen Pryce1,
  2. Rachel Shaw2
  1. 1 Audiology Department, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Psychology Department, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen Pryce, Audiology Department, Aston University, Birmingham B47ET, UK; h.pryce-cazalet{at}


Lifeworld-led care provides a route through which research and practice can navigate the ‘biopsychosocial’ allowing us to overcome the shortfalls of the medical model and enabling us to prioritise humanity in the care of people living with tinnitus. In this article, we sought to explore qualitative descriptions of life with tinnitus. We aimed to address the question ‘what it is like to live with tinnitus?’ In doing so we examined qualitative studies and provide suggestions about key themes that seem consistent. This is a narrative, thematic overview of the way lifeworld has been conceptualised and explored in tinnitus research.

  • tinnitus
  • life-world
  • qualitative
  • embodiment
  • invisible

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  • Contributors HP conceived article, reviewed literature and wrote first draft. RS contributed to the design and revised the article for intellectual content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.