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Ericksonian Hypnosis Helps Ease Severe Tinnitus

28 May

Researchers from the Bakirköy Education and Training Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey,evaluated the efficacy of Ericksonian hypnosis  n reducing the impact of tinnitus on patients' quality of life.

They designed a controlled prospective longitudinal study where the severity of tinnitus was assessed with the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) before hypnotherapy and then 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after therapy.

Health Survey SF-36 was used to assess health-related quality of life before and after hypnotherapy.

Thirty-nine patients with severe idiopathic subjective tinnitus were enrolled in the study. Patients ages ranged from 21 to 65 years, with the  mean age 44.5 . Women comprised 48%, men 52%.

Mean THI scores assessed at the beginning and 4 times after commencement of therapy were evaluated. The changes in THI scores were significant. Health Survey SF-36 was assessed separately. The greatest increases were seen in physical role changes, followed by emotional role changes..

The researchers conclude that their preliminary results demonstrated the effectiveness of Ericksonian hypnosis for improving quality of life for sufferers of severe tinnitus.
Citation:  Yazici ZM, Sayin I, Gökkuş G, Alatas E, Kaya H, Kayhan FT. Effectiveness of Ericksonian hypnosis in tinnitus therapy: preliminary results.  B-ENT. 2012;8 (1): pp. 7-12. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award