Transcranial Stimulation Treatments (rTMS & tDCS & tACS)

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by exodus, Apr 18, 2012.

    1. derpytia

      derpytia Member Benefactor

      Rescue, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss / ETD
      My psychiatrist's office says that they offer TMS and when I asked about it they said that technically, it's not approved for patient use in the United States, but they have it and are only allowed to use it for patients who have exhausted all other available options in the world for their depression. I've asked other doctors about it and they've all told me the same thing. It's technically not FDA approved for patient use. Gotta love the state of medical science in the United States.
    2. Mentos

      Mentos Member Benefactor

      Cracow, Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced, loud rock concert
      For how long does he have it? Your profile states tinnitus from 2003, how did he cope for all these years, did IT get worse recently? If so maybe it's just a temporary spike.
    3. Emrethal

      Emrethal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I am sorry to hear that. I hope we all find a solution in close future...
    4. Frédéric

      Frédéric Member Benefactor

      Marseille, France
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      Treatment of Tinnitus Using Theta Burst Based Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation—A Single Blinded Randomized Control Trial
      Joanna Godbehere;Jaswinder Sandhu;Alexander Evans;Victoria Twigg;Ian Scivill;Jaydip Ray;Anthony Barker;

      Objective:To determine whether theta burst repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is an effective treatment for chronic tinnitus compared with a control stimulus.Study Design:A two-arm, single-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing an active treatment group to a placebo control group.Setting:Neurotology department of a tertiary referral center.Patients:Forty new and existing patients with chronic unilateral or bilateral tinnitus were recruited from specialist hearing and balance clinics.Interventions:The subjects were randomized into two groups representing the treatment and sham subcategories. Two 40 second trains, 15 minutes apart of transcranial stimulation was provided using a super rapid stimulator (2.2. Tesla, Magstim Inc., Wales, UK) using a circular delivery coil. Treatment was provided over 5 consecutive days.Main Outcome Measure:Tinnitus functional index (TFI) scores were recorded before treatment, immediately after treatment, 2 weeks, and at 4 weeks following treatment and compared.Results:TFI scores were analyzed using the Shapiro–Wilk test and found to be normally distributed. A paired Student t test was then performed. Both the active treatment group and control group had a significant improvement in their TFI scores following treatment; however, there was no significant difference between active treatment and sham treatment groups.Conclusion:This study demonstrated a significant placebo effect following treatment with sham therapy and may suggest that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation does not have a therapeutic use in treating chronic tinnitus.

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