Neurofeedback Shows Promise in Treating Tinnitus

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    1. NatureHiker
      Angelic

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      https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127091127.htm

      Date:

      November 27, 2017
      Source:
      Radiological Society of North America
      Summary:
      Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) have found that neurofeedback training has the potential to reduce the severity of tinnitus or even eliminate it, according to a new study.
       
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    2. Jomo

      Jomo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/4/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      going for a rim shot on the snare drum.
      I think that summary is a bit too aggressive... Sounds like they used white noise to distract them from their tinnitus... Sounds like something everyone else does here lol.
       
    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

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      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I wish the authors were to make it more clear how they measured changes in tinnitus in this study.
       
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    4. Jim51042

      Jim51042 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3/28/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphone use
      Yea the word is misleading. I still don't get or buy that distraction, mood calming, or focusing on breathing etc changes anything permanently. Its akin to telling someone with cancer to be more positive to reduce their cancer. Its not necessarily bad advice to stay positive but it shouldn't be sold as a treatment.
       
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    5. Aaron123

      Aaron123 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      00/0000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Irrelevant
      Here's the actual press release which has more information than is in the initial link: http://press.rsna.org/timssnet/media/pressreleases/14_pr_target.cfm?ID=1974

      This is a press release about a paper being presented at a conference.

      Yep, it is after all a press release.

      No one in the study had tinnitus. They were trained to reduce activity in the auditory cortex while listening to white noise.
      It's nothing like that.
       
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    6. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

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      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Thank you for the clarification.
       
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    7. hans01
      Artistic

      hans01 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress, hearing loss, sinus infections, ... ?
      Well like my doctor said, 70% of the diseases are a result of stress, so why wouldn't it work the other way around ? Sure it's not easy to stay positive when you have a ton of problems to solve, and believe me I come from there, life isn't the same for everyone, but one thing is sure, stress is killing us and staying positive and learning to relax, on top of eating healthy is probably the best option we have.
       
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    8. Thissucks..jenn

      Thissucks..jenn Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 1-2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bunch of b.s from cosmetic injections
      Also TMS therapy being used with fMRI has shown to be effective in lowering tinnitus significantly in some. I'll be doing this.
       
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    9. parsky

      parsky Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      8/1/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      How much is it going to cost? Please let us know how it goes and good luck with it.
       
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    10. Paul13
      Nerdy

      Paul13 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
    11. RODRIGO

      RODRIGO Member

      Location:
      Valencia (Spain)
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2013
      I did Neurofeedback therapy.. And many sessions and there was no improvement. Perhaps it is the protocol that will determine the usefulness or not. The same as in rTMS, I also had many sessions and there was no improvement. The protocol?
       
    12. EDDTEKK

      EDDTEKK Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2000
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure
      Hi folks
      How can I send private messages?
       
    13. frohike
      Approved

      frohike Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      @EDDTEKK click the name of an user, then click on start a conversation.
       
    14. Adriel93

      Adriel93 Member

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/22/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies
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    15. Luman
      Spaced

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      Location:
      Brooklyn
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Intermittent Tinnitus probably noise induced
      Thanks for the link, that's very encouraging!
       
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    16. Apolonia
      Disappointed

      Apolonia Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, acoustic trauma
      I only believe in the magical Power of intratympanic injections Being injected info my ear and doing some curable stuff for my cochlea... And then after the curing, maybe some therapy that would reduce the overstimulated brain... That is how I see a therapy for People with hearing damages... However, IT Sounds too good and too impossible to be True... Adios ,healthy life...
       
    17. GregCA
      Jaded

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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Sorry to be a downer but I don't see anything significantly interesting in that study in terms of Tinnitus. It seems that the participants were healthy individuals with no hearing loss. The Tinnitus isn't explicitly mentioned in any pre-study information or measured outcome, so I have to assume that these candidates didn't have any Tinnitus to begin with.

      I think they just showed that one can decrease the amount of activity in the auditory cortex when that activity stems from a real stimulus.

      I feel uneasy about sounding ungrateful when people try to "do something to help T", but I wish the money allocated to that research had gone to more pragmatic avenues. Sorry - a bit of a let down for me.
       
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    18. threefirefour
      Rebellious

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      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      Seems like mire "divert attention" crap. Shame that it isn't what I hoped. Dropped.
      I agree but still. It's 2018. People should not be thinking that tinnitus is a function of the brain responding to auditory damage, and not maladaptive neuroplasticity in this day in age.
       
    19. Autumnly
      Wishful

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      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/August 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
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    20. GregCA
      Jaded

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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      An explanation about what's going on would have been useful. Not sure why they didn't include any.
       
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    21. Autumnly
      Wishful

      Autumnly Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      July/August 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
      What I found out so far: it's a study from the University of Marburg, Germany, that's testing neurofeedback to alleviate tinnitus symptoms. The goal seems to be to find out whether neurofeedback can help to reduce tinnitus loudness and distress.
      • 10 sessions over 4-5 weeks, each session is an hour long
      • 120 subjects will be examined
      • they expect to conclude their study in about a year
       
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    22. GregCA
      Jaded

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      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Thank you for that info.

      I was asking specifically about the video: it almost looks like the person is controlling the little fish with brain waves and somehow if he can keep it between the lines, the T is suppressed? That's really what I'm curious about: the mechanisms of this therapy.

      I realize you may not know this of course - I was just wondering what the value was to post a video without any explanation. Perhaps it's a teaser.
       
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