Anyone who suffers from tinnitus will know that the condition involves ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling sounds heard in the ear continuously or intermittently. Internally generated, the sound can also vary in volume, and believe it or not is actually quite a common condition which can occur at any age. Healthcare service BUPA believes that one in 10 people will experience mild tinnitus at some point in their lives, so it is a serious problem, which many people suffer from daily.
Causing stress, anxiety and annoyance, tinnitus can be caused by an infection, age, injury or prolonged exposure to loud noises, and due to the fact that there often aren’t any medical signs of a problem, it can be extremely hard for doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists to treat. In fact, as of right now, there isn’t a cure for tinnitus, but its symptoms can be improved over time and underlying causes such as an ear infection or a wax build up can be treated and eased.
Just like those who suffer with chronic pain, each sufferer’s individual relationship with their problem is different and subjective, and how it affects them and their daily life can vary greatly. However, when it comes to tinnitus, anxiety and stress will make the condition worse. Stress and anxiety can be caused by the body’s natural responses when loud noises are heard which triggers a flight or fight response. This response will increase the level of stress hormones in the body, causing stress and anxiety to be felt.
This is where hypnotherapy and Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) come in, and while the physical tinnitus condition can’t be treated with medicine, the psychological stress and anxiety which causes the condition to get worse, or even which allows people to be upset and distressed by the condition can be treated using hypnotherapy and BWRT.
Both of these therapies can be used to help give people some techniques which will alter how they interact with and react to the sounds that can be heard. Hypnotherapy involves a modified state of consciousness that guides your subconscious mind to process the sounds the same way as we process everyday background noise, which allows us to change how we respond to the symptoms of tinnitus, and due to the fact that everyone suffers differently, the sessions will be individual and tailored to each person’s specific experiences. In contrast to this, BWRT can be used to help tinnitus by ‘freezing’ those distressing reactions and reconditioning the brain.
Here are a few tips on how to cope with tinnitus: keep calm, try and distract yourself by keeping as busy as possible, think positively, try your best to understand your condition and seek advice from fellow sufferers and support groups to share your thoughts and feelings.