Reducing stress levels may help to reduce condition’s impact
One of the country’s leading hypnotherapy training schools says that seeing a qualified therapist can really help to reduce stress levels caused by tinnitus.
‘Hypnotherapy has emerged as an effective treatment option for easing some of the symptoms associated with tinnitus,’ says Matthew Cahill, Director of Inspiraology.
Tinnitus is a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It can be characterised by a constant ringing, buzzing, or humming sound in the ears, even when no external noise is present.
The condition can be highly frustrating and have significant impacts on a person’s quality of life. It can result from damage to the auditory system, exposure to loud noise or age-related hearing loss.
Tinnitus can only be diagnosed by a doctor or a hearing expert which will see them perform a physical examination – and provide a review of the patient’s medical history.
There’s no cure for tinnitus but there are a number of treatments which can help to manage the symptoms. These vary from ‘sound therapy’ which involves using gentle noise to help mask the problem.
Patients can also engage in cognitive behavioural therapy which can help them identify and learn coping strategies to manage their tinnitus.
‘Hypnotherapy can help people to manage some of the negative effects of tinnitus as we help the mind to refocus its thinking away from the source of the perceived noise and towards something which is seen as relaxing – and comforting.’
‘Tinnitus is often worsened by stress and anxiety, which can cause the brain to focus more on the ringing or buzzing sound.’
Reducing stress and anxiety
‘Hypnotherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can, in turn, reduce the perceived loudness of tinnitus. We can also help to retrain the brain so that it starts to perceive tinnitus in a different way.’
‘By accessing the subconscious mind, a therapist can work with the patient to change their perception of the sound.’
‘In other words, instead of perceiving the sound as a harmful and bothersome experience, the client may learn to perceive it as being a neutral experience for them.’
A therapist may work with the patient to develop coping strategies for tinnitus. This may involve teaching the patient relaxation techniques or helping them establish positive self-talk to reduce stress and anxiety.
By reducing stress and anxiety levels, and retraining the brain to perceive sound differently, hypnotherapy experts say sessions with a qualified practitioner can help to improve the quality of life for many clients with tinnitus.
For more information, visit: https://inspiraology.com