Annette Boden MSc

Tinnitus

‘Tinnitus’ is now a condition that I offer hypnotherapy for within my practice.

I am very privileged to have facilitated  workshops for The British Tinnitus association at the ‘Tinnitus: Learning to Cope’ weekend retreat In Buxton, 2-3 April 2011

Where I taught methods of relaxation and explaining the importance of controlling stress and anxiety.

For further information about the weekend visit the British Tinnitus Association website

www.tinnitus.org.uk

 

About The British Tinnitus Association

“The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is a world leader in providing support and advice about tinnitus. We provide accurate, reliable and authoritative information, much of it written by medical professionals or clinical researchers.”

Most of it is available on this website and is free to download and use. If we’ve been of help you might consider joining the Association or perhaps supporting us with a donation to help us to help others; our work relies entirely on the generosity of our members and supporters, as we receive no government funding.

Mission Statement

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life.

It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.

History

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) was formed in 1979, became a fully registered charity in 1992 and has grown steadily since.

From its base in Sheffield, the BTA helps and supports the public, professionals and organisations to achieve better tinnitus awareness.

The BTA currently employs 6 members of staff.

How we help

The BTA works to help individuals with tinnitus and the wider public understand more about tinnitus, coping strategies and raising awareness amongst the general public. It does this via:

  • a confidential freephone helpline – 0800 0108 0527
  • over 30 information leaflets, written by leading medical professionals, that are distributed free of charge
  • Quiet, the BTA’s quarterly magazine
  • this website, containing information and advice for all audiences
  • attending awareness raising events across the UK

The BTA also works with medical professionals to support medical and clinical research and supports professionals to gain the skills and understanding of tinnitus to treat patients. The BTA achieves this through:

  • running Tinnitus Adviser Training courses
  • our Annual Conference, the only purely tinnitus related conference held in the UK
  • providing a bursary scheme for professionals to attend tinnitus related training
  • funding medical research into tinnitus

 

“ press release 01 October 2010– The British Tinnitus Association(BTA), the only charity solely dedicated to supporting those with tinnitus, is gearing up for the forthcoming national Tinnitus Awareness Week. Tinnitus is a term that describes the sensation of hearing a noise in the absence of an external sound and it is experienced by approximately 10% of the population in the UK. The week-long Tinnitus Awareness campaign – taking place from Friday 4th until Thursday 10th February 2011 – will aim to encourage better tinnitus awareness among the general public.” For further information and the full press release visit the British Tinnitus Association websitewww.tinnitus.org.uk

 

 

On this page I am including information taken from David Collingwood Bell’s overview from a recently written chapter on Tinnitus. David is Specialist Adviser on Tinnitus to the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

I would like to begin with a quote:

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances” (Victor Frankl)

 

“The Otolaryngology Department of the Hadassah Medical Centre, incorporating a hospital with an international reputation for successfully specialising in and treating tinnitus, defines tinnitus as ‘a subjective complaint of hearing a sound or sounds that are attributed to the ears or the head. The sound is simple and has no linguistic meaning. In that respect it is different from auditory hallucinations.”

“The distressing noise or noises of tinnitus that are heard in one or both ears or the head are generated entirely within the individual in the absence of any external source. Distressing, even debilitating, as it may be, tinnitus is not a disease and in itself is not causing harm.”

“… Tinnitus can cause much emotional distress in many patients, resulting in such symptoms as irritability, high anxiety, depression, difficulties in concentration and sleeping problems. It can also negatively affect relationships and activities at work, home and social life.”

“Stress can be a significant factor in most cases of tinnitus and a number of research studies have found this correlation between stress and tinnitus, both from the point of view that the annoyance and suffering created by the aberrant noise creates stress and that excessive stress may well have contributed to the onset of the tinnitus in the first place.”

“..it is the reaction to and the attitude towards the tinnitus that are the crucial factors; this is why psychological therapies, such as hypnotherapy, are considered to be the most effective.”

Some treatment approaches may include:

“1. Distraction– creating alternative focuses of attention

Creating an alternative focus of attention to distract the patient away from the tinnitus, thus starting the process of habituation and giving hope by allowing the tinnitus, even for brief moments at first, to stop dominating the foreground of the patient’s experience.

 

2.  Relaxation training

Deep relaxation is a significant part of the healing process and a foundation for subsequent treatment interventions.”

 

 For further information on Tinnitus you can go to the website of “The British Tinnitus Association” www.tinnitus.org.uk

Recommended reading:

Tinnitus – Turning the volume down” by Kevin Hogan and Jennifer Battaglino.

ISBN:978-1-934266-03-8

The British Tinnitus Association
I would like to raise awareness for the British Tinnitus Association and all the work they do.

I have included the mission statement here, but do please visit the website for an excellent resource of information to help individuals with Tinnitus and the wider public

Mission Statement
The British Tinnitus Association strives to be the primary source of support and information for people with tinnitus in the UK, thereby facilitating an improved quality of life.It aims to encourage prevention through its educational programme and to seek a cure for permanent head noise through a medical research programme.

For further information go to

www.tinnitus.org.uk