Hearing loss is curable!!
A guest post by Ursula Huggenberger.
There are very many views and opinions, aren’t there? Since my personal interest is the many suffering people who have hearing issues, I am now going public with my first blog article “Hearing loss is curable”
Do you already know the saying of Anton Stucki “Our hearing is not a tire that wears out”? It is a title of many of his lectures. He is one of my teachers on the subject.
Plausibility is the most important thing
Plausibility is important so that we can think in a new direction. That is why I would like to talk to you first about views and opinions that you have come to through your experiences. In reality, we humans do not arrive at our points of view solely through our experiences, but above all through the interpretation of these experiences. I would like to illustrate this by taking a closer look at the word “hearing loss” with you. Hearing poorly is an experience. And this stressful experience is made by affected people suddenly several times within a relatively short period of time. However, if someone hears poorly and understands poorly, we do not necessarily have to interpret this as a sign of hearing loss in the sense of a disease. It is possible that a person understands sometimes badly and sometimes very badly, but sometimes also better. In other words, the ability to understand is not always exactly the same. Of course, a hearing test does not reflect what we experience in everyday life. However, the word hearing loss implies to most people that there is an incurable disease. So what we really hear here is a term that represents a diagnosis. We then believe in a diagnosis, believe that our hearing would diminish, that it would be a degeneration in the inner ear, and that it has to do with age, and so on. But let me ask two questions:
Why aren’t all older people hard of hearing?
And why do people who don’t hear well sometimes hear better and sometimes hear worse?
So I want to ask if the word hearing loss, then, clearly belongs to a particular point of view. Let’s model this concept a little bit: let’s assume that hearing loss would mean that you sometimes understand very badly and sometimes a little better. This then means that the symptom is not always the same. And a symptom is not a disease, is it? Symptoms appear in the context of a disease, and diseases are usually, or let’s say, very often curable. Since I have dealt with trauma, I would like to make the following statement: symptoms come and go, unless there is a trauma, so that the body cannot find its way back to its original state. Hearing loss could therefore be something similar to an allergy. Our body has the ability to heal itself in very many cases. If the symptom is not always the same, it could mean that the cause is not a defect in the inner ear, but that there is a problem in processing auditory information. So it could be that my ability to understand a fellow human perfectly well is primarily a performance of my processing system.
Do you often experience stress because, as a person affected, you are afraid of the next situation where you will not understand well? May I tell you how a woman who came to me for help with her hearing loss suddenly heard much better when I relieved her of that stress? And may I tell you what happened next? Well, we had already worked together a couple of times to be able to determine that hearing loss is not always the same. We had used the MUNDUS-Basisverfahren zur Hörregeneration”® by Anton Stucki (A hearing training where you train to locate a natural sound source) and had conversations. The conversations were about what kind of experience might have been traumatizing and might have led to a hearing loss. Through the hearing training, the MUNDUS basic procedure for hearing regeneration”®, we have been able to experience that their ability to understand can change relatively quickly. So, in order to relieve her of the stress, I asked her in a new session to imagine the following:
Her right ear, which was her “worse” one, she should imagine in the sole of her left foot. So I asked her to listen to the music with her right ear, which was therefore in her imagination on the left sole of her foot. And what happened? She immediately heard the music louder and was even able to understand the singer for the first time without any problems. With this intervention we spatially separated the physical ear from its place, i.e. we imagined an additional ear that is in the sole of the foot. This distracted from the usual experience.
In hypnosystemic therapy, such an approach is called a spatial disconnect, or dissociation. As a further suggestion, I suggested that in the imagination we let a person come into the room who did not yet have the problem with hearing loss. We considered this person to be contagious (contagious health) and really charged ourselves with well-being with him. Then, in our imagination, we had that person come into the room who suffers from hearing loss a lot. We also charged this person with contagious health. And what happened? You can imagine it well now! In the everyday life of my patient more and more situations followed, where she could understand without problems what was spoken. This happened especially when she had no intention to understand well. Hm, how is it now with the hearing loss? May we not ask rightly and with some humor: “What hearing loss?”
Copyright text & photo: Ursula Huggenberger
Released for publication with the kind permission of Mrs. Huggenberger.