Tinnitus Treatments That Need More Research

At Now Hear This®, our Raleigh audiologists are here to give you all the information you need to help manage or treat your tinnitus. Through our research, we know that there are some tinnitus treatments that are promising, but just need more research conducted on them before they are determined effective. Here are a few:

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a training of the mind and body to relax itself. The patient is hooked up to devices which monitor heart rate, muscle tension or other indicators of stress. The patient is then trained to reduce their own stress by learning to lower these stressful feelings and body reactions. There is disagreement as to how this treats tinnitus, but it does appear to make people with tinnitus more relaxed and less anxious, which has overall benefits and in particular helps them deal with their audiological condition.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually performed with the help of a trained hypnotherapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and therefore are more open to suggestions. There is some evidence that the subconscious mind is affected with hypnosis, and desired behavioral or perceptual changes can happen more rapidly and with less effort than normally required.

Hypnosis has been proven to promote relaxation, while reducing anxiety and the perception or disturbance of chronic pain. Hypnotherapy has been used as a treatment for tinnitus since the 1940s, and studies over the years have shown effectiveness in reducing tinnitus. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the hypnosis itself, or the relaxation and reduced anxiety that comes from hypnosis, but most patients seem to benefit from this technique.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is performed by applying magnetic energy directly to the auditory parts of the brain of someone with tinnitus, with the goal of reducing over-active areas that are thought to sustain tinnitus.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation is when a direct electrical current of a low level is applied to a patient’s scalp with electrodes. It is thought to modify the over-active areas of the brain that sustain tinnitus.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Various conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, benefit from deep electrical brain stimulation that is implanted in the brain. It is reported that some surgeons performing this procedure noticed that a few patients also had a major reduction in tinnitus.

Brain Surface Implanted Electrodes

In this technique, electrodes are placed either directly on the brain surface, or very nearly so, and electricity stimulates areas of the brain that sustains tinnitus.

Reach Out to Now Hear This to Learn More About Possible Tinnitus Treatments in Raleigh

The above procedures may treat tinnitus, but our Raleigh audiologists cannot perform any until more research is conducted and the procedures are proven safe and effective. If you are looking for more information on how to reduce your tinnitus symptoms in Raleigh, look no further than Now Hear This®. Schedule an appointment with us today at (919) 256-2899.