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ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope

JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.

ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with Tinnitus

Welcome to another episode of ACT taking hurt to hope on

Join us today for a discussion about a common problem, a problem that about 20% of people between the ages of 55 and 65 have. Tinnitus. The word tinnitus means simply ringing. It is defined as the perception of sound with the ear when there is no corresponding external sound. That is you hear a ringing that others dont hear. Tinnitus is not a disease but a condition that may have a multiple number of causes. It is usually accompanied by hearing loss. Usually this is a noise induced hearing loss. What does tinnitus have to do with psychology? Well, tinnitus is a subjective experience and how we react to it determines to what extent it will limit our lives.

Today we are going to have the chance to discuss this with a Tinnitus expert. Our guest today is Dr Gerhard Andersson. Gerhard is a professor of clinical psychology at the university of Linköping in Sweden. Gerhard is the author of TINNITUS – A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

Remember that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has three main processes: Open up to any private events within you, that is to thoughts, to sensations or feelings, then become aware of the true nature of these private event, for example, comes a sensation that changes immediately and leaves again or a thought just came and went. These private events are not me, they are experienced by me. And lastly engaging in valued activities together with any private event, that is any feelings or sensations or thoughts that may be present.

You can read more about Gerhard on his website (WWW.GERHARDANDERSSON.SE) by clicking on his name on this week’s episode of ACT taking hurt to hope