Can Hypnosis Help Tinnitus?

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the ears or head which is not caused by an external sound source.

There may be a ringing or buzzing in one or both ears, or that appears to be in the head region but that is difficult to locate exactly.

It is a subjective noise, experienced by the sufferer alone i.e. no one else can hear it.

It is not an actual illness or disease although it may sometimes relate to a problem with the ear or hearing pathways; although it usually occurs when the inner ear is impaired or damaged in some way.

Damage or impairment to the inner ear and resulting tinnitus may result from:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Injury to the ears or head
  • Ear infections
  • Build up of wax in the inner ear

Although these are some of the most common causes there may be other contributing factors. Tinnitus may be a side-effect of medication, or caused by another health problem such as high blood pressure. It is also often a symptom of age and deteriorating hearing, but it can affect anyone at any age.

Tinnitus is experienced as a chronic problem by some 10% of people in the UK.

About 90% of cases occur together with an underlying hearing loss.

The World Health Organisation lists tinnitus as a distinct disorder, and states that noise exposure is a major contributor to hearing loss world wide.

Chronic or persistent tinnitus may create other debilitating symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia or some form of sleep disturbance.

The Treatment of Tinnitus

Although the condition may persist I help people to cope with the symptoms in two main ways. Often a major part of the problem is an increased focus on what could be considered perfectly normal and usual sounds which are a part of the experience of hearing. Since we can often develop a ‘fixed’ focus of attention on these sounds they start to register as noise and are intrusive and distracting. Part of the treatment plan therefore is to teach the client to manage their own perceptions and mental focus more effectively, and to distract attention away from the noise they are focused on.

The other part of the treatment plan is relaxation. Although it may be true in many cases that the individual has always had a tendency to be tense or anxious, tinnitus will definitely have aggravated this and increased tendency. Using hypnosis and meditation techniques to encourage relaxation in tandem with distraction from the fixed focus of attention can at the very least reduce, if not banish the symptoms of tinnitus altogether.

If you suffer from this uncomfortable and debilitating condition begin the process of taking control and make an appointment to see me today…

AFRAID TO TRY HYPNOSIS?

THE TRUTH ABOUT HYPNOTHERAPY

People who have experienced hypnotherapy, for whatever reason, will often come back and work on other problems they might have at a later date, as and when they feel the time is right.

This is because hypnosis and hypnotherapy are very effective tools for dealing with a variety of personal, emotional, and behavioural problems.

Many people are amazed at how comfortable and relaxing the process of hypnosis actually is.

They are also surprised by how easily and effortlessly they have been able to achieve their goals once helpful hypnotic suggestions have been installed. I liken this to planting seeds in the mind which over time blossom and grow, and at the appropriate time bear fruit.

However for those people who have not tried hypnosis there can be some reservations and possibly some fear. New enquiries are often prefaced by “I have thought about hypnosis for some time, but I am concerned.” or “I want to try hypnosis but I’m afraid.” Sometimes people tell me “I have had your number for several months but I was afraid to call!”

Contrary to the fears that people have about hypnosis it is both a safe and comfortable experience, and although the results may seem miraculous, no magic is involved!

Hypnosis relies on natural and normal functions and behaviours of the mind that everyone is familiar with.

When I do get to speak to people about there fears they are usually around three main questions:

1) I am worried about losing control, or being controlled and made to do things that I consider inappropriate. I do not like the idea of someone else controlling my actions.
2) I am afraid I will say something I will later regret. I do not want to run the risk of blurting out something I consider to be secret and personal while in trance.
3) I am worried that the therapist will not be able to ‘bring me out of it,’ and I will stay hypnotised.

Let me just go through these concerns one at a time.

No one loses control while hypnotised. The client is not reduced to some zombie like state and will often be aware of everything that is said to them. It is true that as the individual gets better at relaxing into trance after several sessions, they may on occasion just ‘drift off’ into a deeper state of relaxation, and not bother to pay attention to what is being said to them.

Some people are good at relaxing and ‘letting go’ right from the start but hypnosis is effective regardless of how deeply in trance you actually are.

Although it is recommended that you relax and ‘go with the flow’ the person being hypnotised is always in control. In fact there is a school of thought that proposes that there is actually no such thing as hypnosis – only self-hypnosis. This is because the individual actually hypnotises themself, with the help of their facilitator, the hypnotherapist.

This fear of losing control usually relates to stage shows or entertainment programs that have been seen where the subjects appear to be controlled by the hypnotist, and ‘under the influence’ do silly or outrageous things. Always bear in mind that they are not made to do anything, they volunteered!

As to the second point since you are not out of control, or being controlled by the hypnotist, there is never any danger of you blurting out some deep dark secret.

When I work with someone I encourage them to tell me anything they feel is relevant. It is true that it is helpful to have a clear picture of a persons background, the problem, and what has stopped them dealing with that problem so far. It is also good to be aware of any fears or anxieties that person may have. However if they feel there is information they wish to withhold because it is too personal or private they may do so. Hypnotherapy is not about making someone do anything – it is about helping them achieve the result that they want to achieve.

The third point comes up fairly often, particularly when working online. People are concerned that once hypnotised there is a danger of staying hypnotised.

The truth is that the hypnotic state is a) perfectly normal i.e. we all go in and out of ‘trance’ states several times a minute, and b) the altered state of consciousness usually described as trance is really only a deeply relaxed, more open and receptive (to suggestions) state.

I have never been unable to bring a person out of trance, and I have never heard of anyone not being able to be brought out of trance, but speaking hypothetically, if this were to happen, the subject would merely drift off into normal sleep and wake up after a few minutes of their own accord.

So in conclusion it should be said that hypnosis is safe, effective, and a comfortable and relaxing experience. It is not some kind of voodoo but a proven scientific tool used to help people achieve their goals and deal with personal or emotional problems, fears and phobias, or change bad habits.

If you feel you would like to try hypnotherapy to help you with an issue or problem, but have some fear or reservations about the process, you are more than welcome to call me to arrange a free trial that is guaranteed safe!

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