The Alpha-Stim — Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation for Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by ruben ruiz, May 12, 2015.

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    1. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
    2. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      didn't do anything useful for me.

      anyone who happens to be in the DC area is welcome to borrow mine to try it out.
       
    3. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      Did it help your anxiety or depression?
       
    4. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      I don't know that it did much of anything. I was a severe mess at that point though, dealing with the worst of benzo withdrawal.

      It clearly does something, it made me feel weird -- but that made me skeptical that using it long term was really a good idea, "oh hey let's shoot electricity through my head based on sort of strange sounding science". It made me feel like I was on a boat.
       
    5. soundmachine
      Buzzed

      soundmachine Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic + Ototoxicity
      There is a study at Harvard Medical School that low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) may give immediate relief to depression. How it does that, I'm not sure they know.
      http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/07/new-treatment-for-depression-shows-immediate-results/
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24331545
      But this is a magnetic field, not a current going into the brain. Although, the net result of a magnetic field that fluctuates at a freq will be a current at the same freq in some part of the brain.

      It could be that the part of the brain with over stimulated electrical activity from T would calm down. But I don't think I would trust this company.

      I am hopeful for the Harvard study ...but if it can help with T might be a stretch (maybe indirectly by helping depression). I would prefer this over SSRIs and SNRIs any day. Drugs simply suck ass..full stop.
       
    6. ruben ruiz

      ruben ruiz Member

      Location:
      Tucson, AZ
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I believe it was meds and stress
      Ive restarted using the Alpha Stim. Firstly I use it at a lower level. Not at a level where you get dizzy. It helps anxiety. And if it helps anxiety it helps depression. Im not selling the dang thing. Im using it. They (Alpha-Stim) claim it can helps tinnitus. If the A - Stim does knock down the anxiety it can help with habituating.
       
    7. amandine

      amandine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      july 2014
      Just was wondering how you are getting along now with this Alph-Stim since it has been a while since you started using it...thank you
       

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