As my husband has been suffering from tinnitus for some time, I have looked into the matter. It was a huge shock to my husband because how do you deal with a loud noise in your head that you can’t turn off and that you can’t escape? Where does it come from? And how do you get rid of it? Somatic Experiencing© has proved to be a good method to reduce tinnitus in a number of cases. Tinnitus can be the result of overwork, stress and/or unprocessed traumas. In the sessions, these are the starting points to work with. When the nervous system is calmed down, chances are that tinnitus will fade into the background. If you want to know more about how Somatic Experiencing© can help you with tinnitus, please call or email me.
Unfortunately there is no cure (yet). Besides Somatic Experiencing© there is a whole range of other treatments and practical ways to handle tinnitus better. Below are a few links to alternative treatments, knowledge sites and tips that have been very helpful to my husband in his search for tinnitus relief.
- Generally speaking, the body is highly activated/stressed for whatever reason. This triggers the tinnitus. Anything you can do to relax your body is a bonus. Walking in nature, massages, listening to nice music/sounds, yoga, meditation, pleasant smells etc. In short, anything that is nice for you is good. Getting out of your head and into your body proves to be very helpful in accepting and reducing tinnitus and/or vertigo.
- My husband has benefited greatly from Julian Cowan Hill, a London-based expert and psychotherapist. His approach fits very well with Somatic Experiencing©, because he also uses the nervous system as an entrance. Hill gives Cranio Sacral Therapy himself and also confirmed: Somatic Experience works fantastic for tinnitus! But, better not have your wife treat you…’.
- Then there is the Yokoso Foundation led by ENT specialist and tinnitus specialist Bas de Cock of the Amstelland Hospital, which I hold dear. The foundation organises retreats in Portugal where a team from a holistic vision supports people to reduce tinnitus,vertigo and Ménière. Curious about this Inner Silence retreat? Click here.