Tinnitus Began with ECT

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    1. MichaelO
      Angelic

      MichaelO Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      My tinnitus started after waking from an Electroconvulsive Shock treatment. It is about 11 KHz and has been with me for years now. I am interested in speaking with others who have had ECT induced tinnitus and any possible treatment.
       
    2. backsmith

      backsmith Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I created an account to ask if anyone here has had success in treating tinnitus with ECT.
      Here is a study that suggests that some have had positive outcomes from it:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7552051
       
    3. Well, the paper is a single case study from 1995 that has been cited 5 times since then, and it appeared in a journal published by the Association for Convulsive Therapy. As a counterpoint, here is another case study that attributes chronic tinnitus to ECT: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/crips/2011/607061/ Neither of them qualify as anything resembling scientific proof one way or the other. I guess I am a little surprised that someone somewhere hasn't done a tiny trial with ECT.

      I will be interested to see if anyone weighs in with personal experience, but it does not look promising.
       
    4. MichaelO
      Angelic

      MichaelO Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2011
      Thanks, I reviewed the abstract. It doesn't state whether the improvement was in the depression or the tinnitus, though.
       
    5. Good catch! The abstract really isn't that helpful.
       
    6. backsmith

      backsmith Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1994
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      No, it's not and it's definitely not clear if ECT is even that helpful for depression. I figured someone on here might have some experience with it though.
       
    7. Thebeanlady

      Thebeanlady Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Late 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      After having 7 ECT treatments
      I had seven ECT treatments, I developed tinnitus and my memory and concentration have been greatly impacted. It's been 4 months now, silence is deafening. My physicians seem to think that having tinnitus is nothing but an annoyance that can be dealt with using noise machines. Sometimes it's so much worse than others, I'm not sure what makes it worse. It's really difficult to concentrate with this constant noise in my head. How do you cope?
       

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