Mindfulness Day 2018

 

In recent years, September 12 has become known as Mindfulness Day. Dictonary.com defines mindfulness as follows;

 

mind·ful·ness  (noun) 

  1. the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.
  1. Psychology.
  1. a technique in which one focuses one's full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them: The practice of mindfulness can reduce stress and physical pain.
  2. the mental state maintained by the use of this technique.

In Audiology, mindfulness is often used to promote relaxation in an effort to help suppress negative thoughts and emotions associated with tinnitus.  Tinnitus being the presence of a sound or noise in the ears or head, in the absence of an external sound source.  It can lead to anxiety, sleep difficulties, difficulty concentrating, and even depression. 

Mindfulness may be used in conjunction with meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy, and in conjunction with structured therapies for tinnitus suppression.  Recently, psychologists have combined mindfulness with cognitive based therapy and have formed a new therapy called mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT).  This new approach opens more avenues of effective treatment for tinnitus sufferers.

Mindfulness can also be useful when communicating with those with hearing loss; being aware of their communication needs can mean a more meaningful conversation. If you are interested in some useful communication tips let us know, we’d be happy to send you some.

 

 

 

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