Tinnitus at the very least can interfere with people’s ability to sleep or concentrate but at it’s worst is a disabling condition leaving the sufferer withdrawn and depressed. Tinnitus is characterised by persistent ringing, buzzing, hissing or any other combination of other sounds in the head even when there is no external sound source.
There are no proven (Evidence based) treatments for Tinnitus but new research suggests a new treatment – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may provide lasting relief to many people with tinnitus.
What did the researchers do?
The new study included dozens of patients who’d had Tinnitus for at least a year and underwent TMS sessions on 10 consecutive workdays. Each session involved receiving 2,000 magnetic pulses.
Tinnitus symptoms were eased for at least six months in 50% of the patients who received the active treatment versus a “sham” treatment, according to the study published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.
Lead researcher associate professor Robert Folmer of the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research Portland said, “For some this was the first time in years that they experienced any relief in symptoms. These promising results bring us closer to developing a long-sought treatment for this condition that affects an enormous number of people, including many men and women who have served in our armed forces.” Military service veterans in the USA are at increased risk from tinnitus and it is the most common service-related disability in the Veteran Association (VA) health system.
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