Has ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) Ever Been Tried as a Treatment for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by MichaelF6161, Oct 14, 2018.

    1. MichaelF6161

      MichaelF6161 Member

      VA Beach
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Exposure to Gun Fire
      This may be an off the wall question, and maybe someone has already looked at this, but has anyone heard of using ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) as a possible means to treat tinnitus?

      I know they had made some gains in treating patients with severe depression, and maybe even a sub-set of schizophrenia, but I can't remember the exact details.

      If the brain is now synchronized and looking for auditory input that is not there, could getting ECT scramble those organized neurons so they could possibly reset and stop the tinnitus signal?

      I guess if noise-induced hearing loss, then once those neurons are reset, it may start the cycle again, but just thought I'd ask if anyone has ever seen research or anecdotal evidence for this possibility?

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    2. TheDanishGirl

      TheDanishGirl Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      I have read reports of people experiencing onset of tinnitus after ECT, or worsening of an existing tinnitus.

      Too bad, cause I think ECT could maybe help my depression.
    3. Nebras5

      Nebras5 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      sertraline , clonazepam , zolpidem
      I'm on my second ECT session for depression and the tinnitus is still same. I will keep you updated.

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