Music Therapy as an Early Intervention to Prevent Chronification of Tinnitus

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    1. metro
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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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      Abstract
      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
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      Craig in Cali Member Benefactor

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      Someone screaming
      I've read multiple articles on this therapy, but can't figure out exactly what the protocol is?
       
    3. Champ
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      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
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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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    5. Antje

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      Stumbled upon some scientific research on the Heidelberg Music Therapy method practiced in Germany.
      It all sounds very promising but I haven't really seen anybody speak about it on fora like these.

      Does anyone have any experience with the Heidelberg Sound Therapy method?

      Really looking forward to hear your experiences!

      Selection of research:
      http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/arti...tment-outline-and-psychometric-evaluation.pdf

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2015.00049/full
       
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    6. Bidyut saha
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      Have Read something..interesting...but I don't have patience :)
       
    7. Champ
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      I have the literal opposite experience.

      After listening to anything above "normal" volumes, my tinnitus will literally sit on top of the sound.

      My tinnitus has been much more manageable when I sleep with literally zero external sound. It's almost like my brain is compensating for the lack of sound and down-gauging the tinnitus signal.
       
    8. mintblue
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      I'm so sorry to hear that :(
       
    9. Sannoliver1

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      Concerts, Ambien, genetics?
      Has anybody tried this method? Does anyone know of a practioner?? Please help.
       
    10. Samir
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      Could it be this "Heidelberg Model"? It's also called "Heidelberg Model of Music Therapy for Chronic Tinnitus". Heidelberg is a town in Germany.

      They started recruiting people for this therapy in 2004 for a study. That was the first broad use of it I guess. The details about the method can be found here:
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3443887/

      I guess it's really down to the behavioral and structural changes of the neurons. Which reminds me of this:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...n-change-the-way-nerve-cells-are-wired.20506/

      But if music therapy can reverse these neural changes without restoring the input, that I do not know. Who does really? Only time will tell.
       
    11. The Red Viper
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      The Red Viper Member Team Research

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      Current Theory: Neck injury (Tendonitis @ trap/SCM junction)
      Sounds like smoke and mirrors to me...
       
    12. Kekistan

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      Ok so My tinitus is kind of new what is this music. I should listen to try it?
       
    13. Kekistan

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      Can you do it by yourself as my tinnitus is new and has nothing to lose?
       
    14. Samir
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      @Kekistan If I can do it, since your tinnitus is new? You are one smart cookie! :LOL:

      I am not sure there is enough detailed information about how they customize the sounds to each patient. I would say it's plausible!
       
    15. Kekistan

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      Yeah i had a feeling that was Wrong need to improve My english.
       
    16. Samir
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      @Kekistan I didn't mean to be mean, but this is not something you can do on your own. The best would be to visit the ENT clinic at the university hospital of Heidelberg. They will know what to do and how to do it. Some private ENT doctors in Germany might also be able to offer you this therapy.
       

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