The Mozart Effect in Patients Suffering from Tinnitus

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    1. Danny Boy
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      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23025336

      Abstract
      CONCLUSION:
      The study suggests that Mozart therapy could be a valid alternative to the common sound therapy methods in tinnitus patients.

      OBJECTIVES:
      The aim of the study was to evaluate the presence of the Mozart effect as indexed by a variation in tinnitus intensity and tolerability.

      METHOD:
      Sixty-two individuals aged between 22 and 78 years, reporting tinnitus for at least 1 year, were enrolled for the study. All patients attended a 1 h cognitive behavioral counseling session and listened to Mozart's sonata k448 for 1 h per day for a month. Afterwards patients listened to Beethoven's Für Elise sonata for 1 h per day for a month. To evaluate the general stress level, the impact of tinnitus on patients' quality of life, and the intensity of tinnitus, patients were invited to participate in three tests: the Measure du Stress Psychologique (MSP) questionnaire, the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), and a 0 to 10 visual analog scale (VAS).

      RESULTS:
      For all the parameters investigated, MSP, THI, and intensity, there was a general significant improvement between the pre- and post-listening evaluation. A significant improvement, as regards THI and intensity, could already be appreciated after a single exposure to Mozart's sonata.


      Has anyone tried this? Might have the biggest potential for notching too!
       
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    2. Sound Wave
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      Wait, what... this is interesting and frustrating, because it doesn't say what is in these specific musics that would reduce T.

      P.S. I am now listening to k448 via Spotify. Not bad... :)
       
    3. Sound Wave
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    4. sandra72

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      But what kind of music from mozart en must it be played at some frequancy?
       
    5. David Tholfsen

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      Lovely piece. The study must have been made by a Mozart lover
      High end of the piano is still a bit searing for me.
      Brahms, Schumann and Beethoven all had serious T. Maybe from all that tickling of the ivory? I doubt that Mozart lived long enough to nurture his T properly.
       
    6. Markku
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    7. Steve H
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      It's interesting.

      I wonder if the results were as much that the listener had a forced period of relaxation. We really don't know how to relax these days, so grabbing a time where we have to focus on a beautiful piece of music can be very therapeutic.

      I wonder if we could strip down to the basic elements of the piece and reconstruct it as a sort of music therapy?
       
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    8. J-rod
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      Ate a sandwich, then I feel asleep meditated while at work listening to k448..:sleep:
       
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    9. J-rod
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    10. SoulStation
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      I'm sure there is a piano reduction that's not too insane to play floating out there somewhere.
       
    11. RaZaH
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      I have noticed that doing something/anything about your T will subjectively "lower" it or to be more accurate , make it more bearable. Maybe the folks taking part in this were just feeling the effects of that "placebo" ?
       
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    12. SteveToHeal
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      IS this the one:
      Mozart Sonata K.448 - 1st Movement
      ?
       
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    13. EatMoTacos
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    14. Danny Boy
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    15. dan
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      if listening to mozart gives significant relief, you have mild tinnitus, trust me....lol
       
    16. Danny Boy
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      It's always worth trying. I haven't done it yet...May try it haha.
       
    17. carlover
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    18. Beste
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      Too bad that Beethoven was the one who suffered from Tinnitus but Mozart is the one who is eating the cake in somewhere up above.
       
    19. JRW

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      Pianos are actually a percussion instrument...a hammer hits a string. Thus, the notes have low sustain...that is, when a note on a piano is played it is very close to simply a short tone. Mozart Sonata K448 is a sonata duet...so there are two pianos. (I don't think there is anything special about K448 other than it generates a continuous stream of tones.)

      For a Mozart piano duets, there is almost a continuous stream of tones at different frequencies. Lots and lots of tones.

      So:

      I bought Mozart for 2 Piano Duets...2 CDs of Piano sonatas. It cost a whopping $6.00, used from Amazon. I try to listen to it an hour a day...when I'm driving to work, on a plane or when I'm working on the computer at home. (You can get a free program to convert the CDs to MP3s, so you can take them anywere.)

      This has helped me. It has *not* cured my tinnitus. It reduces the "tonal" part of my tinnitus, but it does not help the "static".

      As an added benefit: After about an hour, I understood why he is one of the greatest composers in history. The music is incredible.
       
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    20. Danny Boy
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      I'm glad it's helped you! It's a lovely piece of music. I also <3 moonlight sonata.
       

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