Neurofeedback for Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by aurelientt, Mar 15, 2013.

    1. Marcuseva03

      Marcuseva03 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      1st week of neruofb. Still figuring the protocol that should be used for me. Done 3 sessions so far no change in anything. 20 sessions more to go. Still early stages.

      My qeeg found too much delta and lack of alpha throughout my brain. Similar to what has been found in research paper. So we will see how it goes.
       
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    2. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      Which research paper was that?
       
    3. Marcuseva03

      Marcuseva03 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17956812

      This is the one. Decreased alpha and increased delta for people who suffered from tinnitus.

      But there are papers who found otherwise. But who knows who is right. However my qeeg has areas that is different from 'normaltive data'
       
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    4. Champ
      Woot

      Champ Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma from headphones
    5. Marcuseva03

      Marcuseva03 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2015
      @Champ Yup there is. And i heard of a few others too. But the protocol used is actually the most important. We can be doing nfb but yet training the wrong parts of the brain.
       
    6. OnceUponaTime
      Fine

      OnceUponaTime Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/11
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies or Acoustic Trauma, Stress
      @Marcuseva03 How is the Neurofeedback working for you??? Hope it helped! Please report.
       
    7. heyhey

      heyhey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      brain wave activity
      ERIK,

      You said that Neurofeedback and Biofeedback "Not much diff between the two".

      I would disagree.
      Biofeedback is about teaching yourself how to relax.
      Neurofeedback directly changes brain waves.

      ..AND...it worked for me...10 years of tinnitus...GONE. :rockingbanana::rockingbanana::rockingbanana:

      I hope more people use it, and hopefully it will get cheaper.
       
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    8. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Drugs barotrauma
      I've done the treatment and it did nothing for me. How bad was your tinnitus? Do you have a lot of hearing loss?
       
    9. monacco

      monacco Member

      Location:
      forte Antoine .monaco
      Tinnitus Since:
      29/09/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      anknown
      @heyhey who are you? We don't know you .you have joined TT today.
       
    10. heyhey

      heyhey Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      brain wave activity
      Neurofeedback (NF) takes a minimum of 10 sessions, and I noticed a little difference, but a more pronounced difference after 20 sessions. It could take longer for others. The protocol is different for each person, as there are not treating just the tinnitus, but other areas of the brain causing anxiety, depression, etc. You just need to do your research on your Counselors/Doctors that are performing NF, and check to see if they are properly trained., and how long they have been doing NF. You could ask for some references as well, and follow up. I had my counselor, who has LCSW & LFMT certifications, for over 20 years. I've had complete trust in him. When he began doing NF, I didn't need to do any research.

      p.s. The requirements are different in the USA & Canada, for Counselors/Therapists/Physchologists, etc. that might be trained in NF.
       
    11. Kyxwz
      No Mood

      Kyxwz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      x
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      x
      Very expensive and without scientific basis. To be evaluated.
       
    12. Beste
      Disappointed

      Beste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/16/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo/Clonazepam, Stress
      Happy for you but you know being a sufferer means also being skeptical about anything we hear.

      Can we ask some questions to you?

      1-What is your T story?

      2-How bad was your T?

      3-Can you describe your T? Was it tonal? Was it constant or fluctuating?

      4-Did you take any drugs while you having this treatment?


      Thank you
       
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    13. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      1
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      what would be more important to know was exactly what the neurofeedback treatment that @heyhey had was. There are a lot of different kinds of NF. The main schism right now in the industry seems to be between conventional high-frequency NF and low-infra which is trying to work with slower brainwaves. Most (all?) of the published research on NF and tinnitus uses conventional high-frequency feedback. However, a person who has tinnitus and runs a NF clinic in Alaska (who has posted in this thread at some point) recommended low-infra to me, and said that while he personally has not been able to impact the intensity of his tinnitus with NF, he has had patients respond to it.

      It's all pretty complicated and poorly understood. Needs a lot more study; the thing is, the correlation between different kinds of brain waves, and brain structures, and the fundamental nature of consciousness isn't understood at all. So we're stabbing around in the dark flipping switches. Given enough time and empiricism, it seems likely to me that this kind of work is going to lead us to all kinds of useful, reproducible knowledge about consciousness itself... but right now it's all kind of a crapshoot.

      I'll probably attempt a course of low-infra NF over the next couple months principally because I can do so in the area I presently live, and I'm aiming to move (to somewhere a lot quieter ;) ) by the end of the year.
       
    14. Champ
      Woot

      Champ Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Boston, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma from headphones
      Any details?
       
    15. Jantine

      Jantine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Trauma
      Does neurofeedback help tinnitus?
       
    16. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Neurofeedback for the treatment of chronic tinnitus : Review and future perspectives.
      [Article in German]
      Kleinjung T1, Thüring C2, Güntensperger D3, Neff P3, Meyer M3.
      Author information
      1Klinik für Ohren‑, Nasen‑, Hals- und Gesichtschirurgie, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Frauenklinikstraße 24, 8091, Zürich, Schweiz. tobias.kleinjung@usz.ch.
      2Klinik für Ohren‑, Nasen‑, Hals- und Gesichtschirurgie, UniversitätsSpital Zürich, Frauenklinikstraße 24, 8091, Zürich, Schweiz.
      3Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz.
      Abstract
      Neurofeedback is a noninvasive neuromodulation technique employing real-time display of brain activity in terms of electroencephalography (EEG) signals to teach self-regulation of distinct patterns of brain activity or influence brain activity in a targeted manner. The benefit of this approach for control of symptoms in attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, depression, and migraine has been proven. Studies in recent years have also repeatedly shown this treatment to improve tinnitus symptoms, although it has not become established as routine therapy. The primary focus of this review is the rational of EEG neurofeedback for tinnitus treatment and the currently available data from published studies. Furthermore, alternative neurofeedback protocols using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements for tinnitus control are considered. Finally, this article highlights how modern EEG analysis (source localization, connectivity) and the improving understanding of tinnitus pathology can contribute to development of more focused neurofeedback protocols for more sustainable control of tinnitus.

      KEYWORDS:
      Electroencephalography; Hearing disorders; Neurofeedback; Neuromodulation; Source localization

      Source : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29143096
      Unfortunately, this abstract does not have a clear conclusion.
       
    17. veedub

      veedub Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      I am interested in trying neurofeedback for my Tinnitus but feel confused about all the different types of neurofeedback programs practitioners use. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had some success with neurofeedback and what type of program their practitioner used. Thanks!
       
    18. Sassy7854

      Sassy7854 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Antidepressants
      I have been doing the neurofeedback therapy. I have had about 14 treatments. After my sixth treatment the following morning when I woke up it was amazing. I was no longer depressed I no longer had anxiety. I felt like I got 20 years of my life back. I still have the tinnitus, but I look at it in a different way today. I am still going through the therapy because I believe it can at least lower the noise if it doesn't end it all together. This is the best I have felt in seven years!
       
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    19. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/19/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10484-018-9420-6

      Extracts from this article:

      In another higher quality study, Vanneste et al. (2016) researched the effects of LNFB on tinnitus related distress. A total of 58 subjects were included, 23 received LNFB of the posterior cingulate (alpha up and beta down), 17 LNFB of the lingual gyrus and 18 were part of a wait list control group. The findings showed no significant change on tinnitus loudness, but distress was diminished in the posterior cingulate trained group with a large ES (ES = 0.70) but not for the other groups. This effect was explained by a select number in that group; close to half of those with grade iv distress moved to a lower level of distress. Analysis of the brain change data showed no change of the targeted activity at specific regions, but rather a decrease in connectivity between the posterior cingulate and dorsal anterior cingulate. These findings are fascinating, also due to the protocol specific effects and did include appropriate control groups.
      (...)
      For tinnitus, no effects were found for tinnitus loudness, whereas a protocol specific effect was found for distress with a large effect size. Replication and expansion of these findings would clearly be important.

      Link (study from Vanneste) related to this review:
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352289515300424?via=ihub
       
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    20. Sevv

      Sevv Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      14.04.2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert
      Recent dissertation on neurofeedback for tinnitus at the university of Zurich.
      https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/158283/1/158283.pdf

      Key findings (page 119):
      The neurofeedback protocol used in this project has been found to be apromising treatment option for chronic tinnitus. Patients benefited greatly from the training as their tinnitus-related distress has been permanently, loudness of their tinnitus at least temporarily, reduced. Furthermore, none of the patients reported persisting side effects due to application of the training. [...]
       
    21. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
    22. EDDTEKK

      EDDTEKK Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      For me Neurofeedback didn’t work, even I tried approx 50 sessions and tried several protocols. I can’t believe this helps severe or moderate suffering patients at all after my experience.
      However some patients claim some improvement, even though I believe the effect is due to care of the therapist and believe of doing something for their symptoms.

      Perhaps Neurofeedback does help to enhance somebodies self healing power - not sure.
      also the Placebo might play a role.
      They say you change brain patterns, but this can be achieved also with other techniques and it’s not proven that this is the root cause of tinnitus.

      Also my reaction to tinnitus didn’t change at all. All the nice brain pictures and wired connections by EEG looks sweet but were not really helpful.
      It’s similar to mri imaging, you see some blood flow increase and that’s it. Doesn’t mean anything. All the experts told me not to over interpret such pictures...
       
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    23. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma, noise exposure, TMJ, neck?
      Dr. Shulman mentioned brain imaging to me. QEEG/LORETA and CBT. If neurofeedback doesn't help your tinnitus I don't see the reason to try it myself.

      What did it cost you for 50 sessions or was it covered by insurance?
       
      Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
    24. Chinmoku

      Chinmoku Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication
      A recent paper stating that the protocol has to be tailored.
      https://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2019/3540898/
      This is probably the same work as in the dissertation posted above.

      "However, unlike the previous studies, the frequency range for the rewarded alpha band was not fixed between 8 and 12 Hz but rather individually determined according to each patient’s specific alpha peak frequency (IAF)"

      Interestingly, they say that while distress remained lowered for six months after end of treatment, loudness reverted back.

      "While distress remained on a low level even 6 months after the completion of training, loudness returned to baseline levels in the follow-up period."
       
    25. DaveN
      Stressed

      DaveN Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
      I know with my insurance, Neurofeedback is only covered for certain diagnoses and tinnitus is not one of them.
       

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