Preliminary Study on Tinnitus: Can we Control Ringing in the Ear?

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  • Objective: This preliminary study aimed to implement a new set of sound parameters in modified white noise to produce significant reductions in tinnitus amplitude. Design: This study was a single subject design in which subjects served as their own control. Each participant received treatment and changes were measured over time. Sample: Eight participants with tonal tinnitus underwent 3 months of tinnitus treatment. Participants were instructed to listen to an individualized notched white noise sound for 2 hours per day. Tinnitus mapping and the IOWA Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire (THQ) were conducted at baseline (pre-treatment), and at a minimum of 1.5 and 3 months to measure treatment effects. Results: Data showed a significant decrease in tinnitus volume from the pre-treatment to post-treatment condition. The was also a significant improvement in the Q-Positive scores on the IOWA Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire. Discussion and Conclusion: Individualized modified white noise therapy demonstrated a significant effect on reducing tinnitus amplitude. The negative effects of tinnitus on participants tended to decrease. These findings warrant further investigation of the potential long-term effects of this treatment, as well as factors related to maximizing its effectiveness.

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