Dr Laurence McKenna

Dr Laurence McKennaTel: 020 7915 1533
Email: laurence.mckenna@nhs.net

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

Adult diagnostic audiology, Ear, nose and throat services (ENT)

Professional background

Dr McKenna graduated from the University of Liverpool as a clinical psychologist in 1983. He obtained a PhD from the City University on the subject of psychological aspects of tinnitus and hearing loss. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the University of Oxford.

He has worked at the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital in the field of psychology as applied to audiology for almost three decades. His work has brought about a greater understanding of psychology into the care of audiology patients. He has a particular interest in the treatment of tinnitus and of insomnia. In recent years he has worked to develop the application of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy in the care of patients with distressing tinnitus.

He holds honorary academic positions at University College London and at the University of Bristol. He undertakes peer review and has served as an editor on a number of journals. He has been a member of the faculty of the European Tinnitus Course, an internationally respected instructional course on tinnitus, for twenty years and acted course director for seven years. Dr McKenna is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the British Tinnitus Association.

He also holds a post within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust where he works with the neurology team at Guy’s. He has a particular interest in the psychological management of migraine.

In February 2016 Dr McKenna hosted a UCLH web chat on living with tinnitus. Click here to replay the web chat

Research interests

Dr McKenna’s research has been within the field of tinnitus, particularly investigating aspects of tinnitus complaint and treatment options.


Kentish, R., Crocker, S. & McKenna, L. (2000) Children’s experiences of tinnitus: a preliminary survey of children presenting to a psychology department. British Journal of Audiology, 34, 335-340.

McKenna, L.  (2001) The psychological consequences of acquired hearing loss.  In: J. Graham  & M. Martin (eds)  Ballantyne’s Deafness (Sixth Edition). Whurr.

McCombe, A., Baguley, D., Coles, R., McKenna, L., McKinney, C. & Windle-Taylor, P. (2001) Guidelines for the grading of tinnitus severity: the results of a working group commissioned by the British Association of Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, 1999.  Clinical Otolaryngology, 26, 388-393.  

McKenna, L. & Andersson. G.  (2003) Psychological aspects of hearing impairment and tinnitus.  In: L. Luxon & S. D. G. Stephens  (eds) A Textbook of Audiological Medicine: Clinical Aspects of Hearing and Balance.  Martin Dunitz, London .

McKenna, L., Baguley, D. & Andersson, G. (2003) Psychological aspects of acquired hearing impairment and tinnitus.  In: S. Llewellyn & P. Kennedy (eds) Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology.  John Whiley, 

Hallam, R. S., McKenna, L. & Shurlock, L. (2004) Tinnitus impairs cognitive function. International Journal of Audiology, 43, 1-9. 

McKenna, L. (2004) Models of tinnitus suffering and treatment: compared and contrasted. Audiological Medicine, 2: 41-53.

Andersson, G., Baguley, D., McKenna, L. &  McFerran, D. (2005) Tinnitus: A multidiciplinary approach. London, Wiley.

McKenna, L. & Daniel, H. C. (2005) The psychological management of tinnitus related insomnia. In: R. Tyler (ed) Tinnitus Treatments. NY: Thieme

Hallam, R. & McKenna, L. (2005) Habituation therapy. In: R. Tyler (ed) Tinnitus Treatments. NY: Thieme.

Andersson, G. & McKenna, L.  (2006) Cognitive factors in tinnitus. Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 126: 39-43.

McKenna, L. & Scott, D. (2007) Acquired hearing loss. In: S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (eds) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Cambridge University Press. NY.

McKenna, L. (2008) Tinnitus: A clinical review. GP, February.

McKenna, L. & Irwin, R. (2008) Sound therapy for tinnitus: Scared cow or idol worship. A review of the evidence.  Audiological Medicine, 6; 16-24.

Stephens, S. & McKenna, L. (2008) Editorial. Audiological Medicine; 6, 1-2

McKenna, L. & Andersson, G. (2008) Changing reactions. In: R. Tyler (ed) A consumer guide to tinnitus. Auricle Ink, Sedona, AZ

McKenna, L. & Scott, D. (2008) Sleeping well with tinnitus. In: R. Tyler (ed) A consumer guide to tinnitus. Auricle Ink, Sedona, AZ

Andersson, G. & McKenna, L.  (2008) Concentration problems. In: R. Tyler (ed) A consumer guide to tinnitus. Auricle Ink, Sedona, AZ

McKenna, L. & O’Sullivan, A. (2009)  Psychological aspects of acquired hearing loss. In: J. Graham & D. Baguley (eds) Ballantyne’s Deafness (Seventh Edition). Wiley

St. Claire, L., Stothart, G., McKenna, L. & Rogers, P.J.  (2010) Caffeine abstinence: an ineffective and potentially distressing tinnitus therapy. Int. J. Audiology; 49: 24-29.

McKenna, L., Baguley, D. & McFerran, D. (2010) Living with tinnitus and hyperacusis. London: Sheldon Press.

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