I worked with several people with tinnitus using hypnosis and in fact did a small pilot study which showed that the people who tended to respond were generally less than 60years old, noted that their tinnitus worsened with stress and had no significant hearing impairment. There was a correlation with response and increased hypnotisability but an even higher correlation with optimism ( using Seligman's attributional style q's)
Essentially the technique I use involves telling stories about initial noticing sensory input then acclimatisation. e.g noise of nearby trains, smell of the fishmarket,
This then flows onto talk about discrimination for touch. e.g. I do have some loose change in my pocket (but do I have a 10 cent coin?)Zoom lenses and wide angle lenses.
The idea is to talk about how we someties notice things but at other times they blend into the background.
Another point is to mention that human beings are programmed to respond to sound of danger. e'g. snake rustling in the grass. This is a good evolutionary survival skill but not appropriate when there is no threat.
Hpe this helps.
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