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o Issue N# 3 - 2011 o

OTOLOGY

Interest of hypnotherapy in the treatment of distressing tinnitus


Authors : Gajan F, Pannetier B, Cordier A, Amstutz-Montadert I, Dehesdin D, Marie JP. (Rouen)

Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2011;132,3:147-151.

Article published in french
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Summary : Objective: Hypnotherapy is currently used for tinnitus therapy in our university hospital. The aim of this study was to evaluate its efficacy. Material and methods: This study was performed on 110 patients suffering from distressing tinnitus. They were treated during five sessions with hypnotherapy, supplemented by instruction on self-hypnotherapy. A subjective evaluation was done by the practitioner at the end of the sessions of hypnotherapy. Then a question­naire on psychologic distress (Wilson 1991) was sent retrospec­ti­vely to the patients. Results: We received 65 responses which were used for this study. Before treatment, the mean value of the Wilson score was 54 (28-104). After treatment, it was: 31 (0-86). 69% of the patients felt an improvement ≥5 points Wilson score. These results were compared with the evaluation carried out by the practitioner at the end of the sessions of hypnosis. There was a "significant correlation" between the evaluation of the felt benefice, analyzed by the practitioner at the end of the sessions of hypnosis, and by the patient questioned long after the treatment. These results had significant correlation with the evaluation made by the therapist at the end of the five sessions of hypno­therapy. They show, how effective (68% improvement) this thera­peutic approach can be. Conclusion: Hypnotherapy can be regarded as an effective treatment against distressing tinnitus.

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