Our speaker was Colin Eveleigh, who gave us a fascinating talk on mindfulness and tinnitus. Colin has spoken to us before on this subject, and we were delighted to invite him back. A copy of his presentation is available below.
Colin began by defining what mindfulness is – and what it isn’t – and went on to discuss how, in practical terms, it can help people learn to cope better with their tinnitus.
Evidence from a growing body of scientific trials and studies shows that mindfulness can be helpful to people with tinnitus in a number of ways, from directly reducing the distress and annoyance caused by sounds in the head, to helping foster an improved sense of emotional well-being. Moreover, living mindfully can give rise to other much more general benefits such as a healthier lifestyle and a more peaceful, accepting attitude towards life.
Colin had obviously spent a lot of time tailoring his talk to meet the specific needs of our group, and this was much appreciated. It led naturally to a surprise announcement at the end of the talk, when Colin told us he was considering organising and running a local 6-week course on ‘Living Mindfully with Tinnitus’. It is early days yet, and a lot will obviously depend on sufficient people coming forward and expressing an interest in attending any such course. But we feel this is an exciting idea and we will be updating this website regularly with news and progress reports.
Our thanks once again to Colin for coming out on such a miserable night to talk to us.