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Can Magnetic Therapy Heal Tinnitus?

Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 11:33 AM


Scientists are studying a promising new treatment for tinnitus – ringing in the ears – based on a form of non-invasive magnetic therapy that delivers short pulses of magnetic fields to the brain.
Loyola University Medical Center researchers are conducting the research to determine if the technique, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), can help people who suffer from the debilitating illness.
TMS has been approved since 2009 for patients with major depression and has been found to be helpful in other mental-health disorders.
The Loyola study involves patients who suffer from both depression and tinnitus, which often go hand-in-hand.
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People with tinnitus experience sounds in one or both ears that can include ringing, hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking. There is no cure for the condition, which strikes about 50 million Americans to some degree, according to the American Tinnitus Association. About 16 million seek medical attention for tinnitus; about 2 million are seriously debilitated.
Dr. Murali Rao, who is leading the Loyola research, noted several past studies have found that TMS can benefit tinnitus patients.
During TMS treatment, a magnetic coil ends short pulses of magnetic fields to the surface of the brain, stimulating brain cells. The currents, in turn, affect mood-regulatory circuits deeper in the brain that, in turn, appear to ease depression.
The new study will involve 10 to 15 patients who will receive five treatments a week for four to six weeks.
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