"...with a rhythmic sound of languid water lapping hypnotically against a beach nearby."
Author: Lois Lowry
Tinnitus is described as a ringing sound in one or both ears. Patients with mild forms of tinnitus notice the buzzing sound occasionally. However, other sufferers hear the debilitating sounds every day that affects their daily lives. Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, it can be treated. If no treatments work, hypnotherapy is often used as additional and alternative treatment. But it is important to note that hypnosis is not a cure for tinnitus. Hypnosis for Tinnitus helps the tinnitus sufferer to tune out those annoying sounds.
Think of it this way: the human brain and body are thought to have evolved as superiorly as we have because of great human adaptability. How many times have you been so engrossed in something that you didn't hear someone call your name or hear the phone ring? How many times have you walked in a room filled with smells that you find you quickly don't "smell" anymore? We can teach people to do the same with pain AND with sound.
Tinnitus can cause psychological stress to sufferers because the sounds can be continuous and intrusive. If the sounds become disturbing, they can cause frustration and annoyance. When you are frustrated, you become anxious. You also feel that great desire to escape, making it harder to handle your condition.
How hypnosis for Tinnitus works:
With the use of advanced hypnotherapy techniques, hypnosis works by programming your subconscious to turn down the noises by altering the perception of the sounds. Much as we teach pain sufferers to "turn down" the brains perception of the pain signals, the tinnitus sufferer is trained to "hear" less or none of the plaguing internal sounds. You will need a hypnotherapist to teach you how to perform self-hypnosis that involves relaxation and mental imagery. Through hypnotherapy, your subconscious mind is temporarily re-routed so you can be more open to positive and selective suggestions.
Each person is different. Your treatment may be different from others. Your hypnotherapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help you live in peace without hearing the buzzing sounds. You will learn how to retrain your brain to be less disturbed by those sounds. As you are guiding your subconscious mind to process the annoying sounds like it handles everyday noises, it can make the sounds less threatening. Thus, they will no longer affect your everyday life.
In this study, it shows that Ericksonian hypnosis had been proven to be a “promising” therapy for tinnitus. During the study, patients learned how to modulate the intensity of the sound, thereby, modulating tinnitus intensity. As mentioned earlier, every person is unique. The results may vary from one person to another.
If you seek relief from your tinnitus, it is always ideal to consult a hearing medical professional. Any of the medicines you already take could be causing your tinnitus. By eliminating the triggers, the annoying sounds could be reduced. In addition to hypnotherapy, other types of treatment are available, such as sound therapy, brain stimulating and drug therapy. Some patients may wear hearing aids with particular tinnitus features.