Tens can relieve tinitus

Tens can relieve tinitus

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Study showed: Relieve tinnitus with TENS

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life in patients with acute tinnitus. This is the result of a current study.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been used for many years to treat persistent ringing in the ears. So far, however, it has been unclear whether it also works in acute tinnitus.

Chinese scientists therefore investigated whether four-week TENS treatment was more effective than placebo treatment in patients with acute tinnitus. To do this, they divided 46 adult patients with tinitus that did not last longer than six months into two groups. The first group received TENS treatment, the second a so-called Sham-TENS (placebo treatment).
In addition to their treatment, the subjects in both groups received an intramuscular injection of 1 ml vitamin B12 (2500 µg) once a week during the four-week study period.

An electrical stimulus of 2/100 Hz was used for the TENS treatment. The electrodes were attached to the ear cups and lids on the right and left. The negative electrode was attached to the left side in the case of bilateral tinitus. With unilateral tinnitus, it was attached to the opposite side of the affected ear.

All subjects were treated 30 minutes three times a week for four weeks, with no electrical stimulation in the Sham-TENS group. At the beginning and at the end of the study, the strength of the tinnitus, the impairment due to ear noises in everyday life, the quality of life and the undesirable side effects were questioned.

At the beginning of the study, the participants in both groups had similar measurements. After the four-week treatment phase, the values ​​in the TENS group were significantly better in all aspects than in the placebo group. Adverse effects from the treatment did not occur in either of the two groups. Source: Carstens Foundation. You can find the study here.

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