Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatments Curb Tinnitus Severity

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatments Curb Tinnitus Severity
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatments Curb Tinnitus Severity

HealthDay News — Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may help improve tinnitus, according to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Robert L. Folmer, PhD, from the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oregon, and colleagues conducted a randomized, participant and clinician or observer-blinded trial to determine whether rTMS can reduce the perception or severity of tinnitus. 

Seventy individuals who experienced chronic tinnitus were randomized to receive active or placebo rTMS; 64 individuals were included in data analyses. On 10 consecutive workdays, participants received 2,000 pulses per session of active or placebo rTMS at a rate of 1-Hz rTMS daily. The main study outcome was the Tinnitus Functional Index, which was compared at baseline and post-treatment.

The researchers found that 56% of the active rTMS group and 22% of the placebo group were responders to rTMS treatment. There was a statistically significant difference in the percentage of responders to treatment in each group (P < 0.005).

"Improvements in tinnitus severity experienced by responders were sustained during the 26-week follow-up period," the authors write. "Before this procedure can be implemented clinically, larger studies should be conducted to refine treatment protocols."

Reference

  1. Folmer RL et al. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015; doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.1219. 
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