Science

Evidence-based science news on noise, tinnitus or hyperacusis evaluation, treatment, or prevention.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for Tinnitus

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is being studied as a possible tinnitus treatment.  Past studies on rTMS have shown variable results.  A recent study found rTMS could be a promising new tinnitus treatment approach for people with normal hearing.  This was a double-blind controlled study.  People in the study were set up using the rTMS …

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Tinnitus and Brain Decoupling Research

The Tinnitus Association of Canada website News & Views (July, 2010) discusses interesting new research looking at disorders (e.g. tinnitus, depression, chronic pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s, etc.) that may come from decoupling of two parts of the brain leading to cell activity firing out of synchrony.  The researcher (Rudolpho Llinas of the Medical School of N.Y.U.) …

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Highly Sensitive People

Some people with tinnitus or fibromyalgia also have some hyperacusis.  Everyday sounds feel painful or annoying.  These are sounds that don’t bother other people like water running, doors closing or regular conversation.  It is as if the volume of the world is stuck on high. One difficulty in my experience is that hyperacusis is often …

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