Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Chronic Tinnitus

A commentary was published today on the JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) about a JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery that evaluated transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of chronic tinnitus. The objective of the trial was to determine if repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce the perception or severity of tinnitus and to test the hypothesis that rTMS will result in a statistically significantly greater percentage of responders to treatment in an active rTMS group compared with a placebo rTMS group.

Participants received 2000 pulses per session of active or placebo rTMS at a rate of 1-Hz rTMS daily on 10 consecutive workdays. Overall, 18 of 32 participants (56%) in the active rTMS group and 7 of 32 participants (22%) in the placebo rTMS group were responders to rTMS treatment. Depending on the amount of Tinnitus discomfort you are experiencing, 56% makes this worth looking at. From what I read in the commentary, there was an reported improvement in results with a followup treatment. Here is the citation for the full study – JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(8):716-722. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.1219. If your ENT isnt aware of this study, it might be worth looking into.

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