Music Therapy as an Early Intervention to Prevent Chronification of Tinnitus

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    1. metro

      metro Member

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      Music therapy as an early intervention to prevent chronification of tinnitus.
      Grapp M1, Hutter E, Argstatter H, Plinkert PK, Bolay HV.
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      In the present study a music therapeutic intervention according to the 'Heidelberg Model' was evaluated as a complementary treatment option for patients with acute tinnitus whom medical treatment only brought minimal or no improvement. The central question was if music therapy in an early phase of tinnitus was able to reduce tinnitus symptoms and to prevent them from becoming chronical. 23 patients with acute tinnitus (6-12 weeks) were included in this study and took part in our manualized short term music therapeutic treatment which lasted ten consecutive 50-minutes sessions of individualized therapy. Tinnitus severity and individual tinnitus related distress were assessed by the Tinnitus Beeinträchtigungs-Fragebogen (i.e. Tinnitus Impairment Questionnaire, TBF-12) at baseline, start of treatment, and end of treatment. Score changes in TBF-12 from start to end of the treatment showed significant improvements in tinnitus impairment. This indicates that this music therapy approach applied in an initial stage of tinnitus can make an important contribution towards preventing tinnitus from becoming a chronic condition
    2. Craig in Cali

      Craig in Cali Member Benefactor

      East Bay Northern California
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Someone screaming
      I've read multiple articles on this therapy, but can't figure out exactly what the protocol is?
    3. Champ

      Champ Member Benefactor Team Tech

      Boston, MA
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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma from headphones
      That's a hell of a conclusion to jump to, that because people report being less impaired by the tinnitus, that somehow that fact "indicates that this music therapy approach applied in an initial stage of tinnitus can make an important contribution towards preventing tinnitus from becoming a chronic condition."

      Sounds like conjecture to me. Are brain scans included in this study?
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    4. mintblue

      mintblue Member

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      I have no scientific evidence to provide but I've noticed an overall lessening in my tinnitus in conjunction with increasing my exposure to louder sound levels. Sometimes I'll go to a concert with a ton of bass and despite wearing earplugs will have slightly elevated tinnitus for a day or two after. Then it actually becomes less intrusive than before the concert. I am pretty sure my tinnitus became bad because I went from so much loudness to none at all nearly overnight. Having found a balance now I can say my tinnitus is at a level that would be acceptable and undetected by most people. I'd even dare say it's gone, because it's no longer intrusive to my life. I produce music, go to concerts, and listen to music in the car every day with no discernible problems in my ear.

      Important notes: I don't have significant hearing loss of any kind. I'm busier than I've ever been before doing something that's important to me. It's amazing how many problems in our society stem from a lack of purpose.
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