There are plenty of options for those who suffer from “ringing in the ears” (better known as tinnitus) to find relief. Some of them involve medication and/or surgery, but one way that is starting to come out of the woodwork is known as regression therapy.
Read on and we’ll take a closer look at regression therapy and how it may be able to help you overcome your tinnitus issues.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a “ringing of the ears” that can be caused by a number of issues. Some of the more common reasons for tinnitus to occur are the following:
• Exposure to loud sounds
• Degeneration of hair cells in the cochlear
• Some medications.
• Ear problems, such as otosclerosis (fixation of the tiny stirrup bone in the middle ear)
It is the extreme stress and trauma cause that is why therapies like age regression therapy are starting to be used for tinnitus. These therapies focus on helping the client overcome the extreme stress or trauma that started the whole problem and focus on eliminating the negative emotions. This in turn helps to make the tinnitus less noticeable in the long run.
What is Age Regression Therapy?
Age regression therapy is actually a form of hypnotherapy where the client is “regressed” to a time where they are discovering and reliving earlier experiences. Usually it is used in cases where those experiences were relatively negative, and are causing issues even now. Regression therapists work to help their clients relive those experiences in order to help the client overcome their current issues.
Nowadays, most regression therapists focus on helping their patients go back into their memories and unlock their memories, which puts them in a sort of “trance.” Most of the techniques used are related to Gestalt and Inner Child theories, which explore the history of a person.
Basically, the point is, you and your therapist are on a journey to find what happened in your past that caused the stress. This will enable you to fix the issue that you are facing right now due to that issue.
In relation to tinnitus, the client is “regressed” back to a time before the onset of the tinnitus. This therapy is then used to help try and determine if there was a “trigger” that caused the noise to start occurring. The reason being most people don’t have any idea as to why their tinnitus started in the first place.
In many cases, the therapist will have the client re-experience the moment (after it has been determined) several times until the emotional impact is reduced. This will reduce the severity of the client’s tinnitus.
What Can Regression Therapy Find?
Tinnitus is often caused by an emotional issue, such as anxiety, depression, or extreme stress. Because of this, regression therapy tries to find that “root cause” that initially started the onset of the tinnitus, and those root causes could be a number of different things. Most of these causes lie in forgotten experiences.
Sometimes, we stuff negative experiences with emotional wounds to the back of our minds. With regression therapy, these experiences can be brought back to the surface and explored with the intent to eliminate the negative emotions related to them.
Does Regression Therapy Work?
Regression therapy has been known to work in some people. People who have certain emotional and/or mental disorders (autism spectrum, bipolar disorder, paranoia, addiction issues, obsessive issues, etc) may not benefit from it at all because of a lack of awareness in the client. Self-awareness is vital for regression therapy to work, and those who struggle from emotional and/or mental disorders may not be self aware enough for it to be effective.
Where regression therapy really shines is when the reason(s) for certain issues is unclear. If a client cannot point at a particular reason for their disorder or issue, but they know that it “came out of the blue,” regression therapy may be able to unlock those memories and help the client start to heal.
Regression therapy sessions also do not have to last long; many times, the memories are unlocked within a couple of sessions, and then the client is usually sent back to their original therapist to help work through some of the deeper issues related to the unlocked memories.
If you think that regression therapy may be an option for dealing with your tinnitus, talk to your audiologist and any other doctors that you are in the care of. They may have suggestions for therapists that you can seek, and they can help you with other treatments alongside of your regression therapy.
All in all, regression therapy may be a good option for those who believe that their tinnitus is the result of psychological trauma during their younger years. As long as pathological causes (tumors, etc) have already been ruled out, it is a completely safe and reliable type of therapy to try.
Last Updated 14 Oct 2013
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