Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients

Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients
Dr. Folmer is a research investigator with the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System and associate professor of Otolarynology/Head and Neck Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. Credit: National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System/OHSU

In the largest U.S. clinical trial of its kind funded by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, researchers at the VA Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants. Their findings were published today in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

"For some study participants, this was the first time in years that they experienced any relief in symptoms. These promising results bring us closer to developing a long-sought treatment for this condition that affects an enormous number of Americans, including many men and women who have served in our armed forces," said Robert L. Folmer, Ph.D., research investigator with the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System and associate professor of Otolarynology/Head and Neck Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine.

One of the most common health conditions in the country, tinnitus affects nearly 45 million Americans. People with this audiological and neurological condition hear a persistent sound - that can range from ringing or buzzing to a hissing or white noise hum - when there is no external sound source. The distraction can impair people's ability to sleep or concentrate and is sometimes disabling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15 percent of Americans experience some degree of tinnitus. Currently, there are no proven treatments available. So, patients with the condition often develop coping strategies to manage their reaction to tinnitus.

Military veterans are at greater risk of developing the condition. Tinnitus is the most prevalent service connected disability in the VA health system. Study participants were a mix of veterans and non-veterans.

Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients
Dr. Theodoroff is a research investigator at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System and an assistant professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU. Credit: National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System/OHSU
"We applaud the work of Dr. Folmer and his colleagues. The results of the joint National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research/OHSU study are promising for tinnitus patients everywhere," said Melanie West, Chair of the American Tinnitus Association's Board of Directors, the premier member-based tinnitus organization. "We are committed to finding solutions for tinnitus and excited to see the progression of TMS clinical trials producing positive results for some patients."

To conduct this research, Folmer and colleagues, including Sarah Theodoroff, Ph.D., used a TMS system that generates a cone-shaped magnetic field that penetrates the scalp and skull to interact with brain tissue. The higher the stimulation intensity, the deeper the magnetic field can penetrate and affect neural activity. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has approved only for treatment of depression.

All 64 participants enrolled in the study received one pulse of TMS per second to their skull just above the ear to target the auditory cortex in the brain. Participants underwent TMS sessions on 10 consecutive workdays, receiving 2,000 pulses of TMS per session. Of the 32 participants who received the "active" TMS treatment, 18 people found their symptoms were alleviated for at least six months. To participate in the study, patients were required to have had tinnitus for at least a year or more.

A significant number of participants who had tinnitus for more than 20 years were pleased to receive some relief from TMS treatment. In light of these encouraging results, Dr. Folmer hopes to conduct a larger clinical trial to refine protocols for the eventual clinical use of TMS for .


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AAO-HNSF clinical practice guideline: Tinnitus

More information: "Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Chronic Tinnitus: Results of a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial," JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 2015. doi:10.1001/.jamaoto.2015.1219
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Jul 16, 2015
I lost some of my hearing and got tinnitus in return from the YAT-37D with experimental engines at Edwards AFB in 1966. Sometimes, (as now), it is the loudest thing I hear.

When doctors ask if it bothers me, I have to tell them it is there continuously, and I dare not let it bother me.

Jul 16, 2015
I lost some of my hearing and got tinnitus in return from the YAT-37D with experimental engines at Edwards AFB in 1966. Sometimes, (as now), it is the loudest thing I hear.

When doctors ask if it bothers me, I have to tell them it is there continuously, and I dare not let it bother me.
Lie. Eikka proved that those engines werent being tested at the time you allegedly were there.

Jul 16, 2015
otto, please grow up. Eikka does not even know about the YAT-37D. We had the only ones at Edwards. And those engines were not used in any other aircraft, to my knowledge but those two we had. For you Comm folk, they used the VHF-101 and FM-622. The Wilcox 807 may have been employed in some, as well.

Jul 16, 2015
otto, please grow up
What was that '69 yourself' post you dropped today?
Eikka does not even know about the YAT-37D. We had the only ones at Edwards. And those engines were not used in any other aircraft, to my knowledge but those two we had. For you Comm folk, they used the VHF-101 and FM-622. The Wilcox 807 may have been employed in some, as well.
But he does know youre a pathological LIAR.

Doesnt he?

Jul 16, 2015
Did you look up the YAT-37D? The "Y" stands for prototype, things you do not see on normal airfields. Like the "X" stands for experimental, or did you know that?

Our EC-121R aircraft had the Electronics designation. It also had 51 radio systems. Want to hear which ones? You can look them up, hoping to be able to scream "LIAR!", like you did over and over before after making a mistake.

Jul 16, 2015
Did you look up the YAT-37D? The "Y" stands for prototype, things you do not see on normal airfields. Like the "X" stands for experimental, or did you know that?

Our EC-121R aircraft had the Electronics designation. It also had 51 radio systems. Want to hear which ones? You can look them up, hoping to be able to scream "LIAR!", like you did over and over before after making a mistake.
This is something new yes? A position we've not heard about before.

You should add this work, along with dates, to a comprehensive CV on your website. This is the only way people might not conclude that its bullshit like most everything else you post.

Do it.

Jul 16, 2015
Oh, otto, it is so easy to twang your little ego and get you all riled up and screaming nonsense. If you had served in the military you could keep up, but you folk who stayed on the sidelines your entire lives in all respects can not.

You did not know a YAT-37D from YA Tittle. You thought all engineers had diplomas which said "engineer" on it, and all did the same work. I have no idea ow you stayed so ignorant, but you managed to do it.

Jul 17, 2015
So you were an engineer while you were a 20yo untrained tech in the air force? Perhaps you were born an engineer.

After all who needs a diploma to lie and bullshit?

Jul 17, 2015
There are lots of people who learn to do some engineering without the comprehensive knowledge and experience needed to become licenced, and they do earn a living by doing it.

But few would claim to be engineers.

You've proven that you're not one of these by making gross mistakes, inventing facts which aren't true, and displaying a fundamental lack of even the most basic knowledge required to be an engineer.

And because you blame and demean your accusers when they're obviously right and you are wrong, you exhibit psychosis.

You're delusional. A very sick man.

Jul 17, 2015
This thread regards Tinnitus. I got mine from experimental, prototype, and special aircraft. Those of us with real histories of accomplishments, which lurkers like otto can only dream of, are not appreciated by the wannabe and the neverwas.

Jul 18, 2015
This thread regards Tinnitus. I got mine from experimental, prototype, and special aircraft. Those of us with real histories of accomplishments, which lurkers like otto can only dream of, are not appreciated by the wannabe and the neverwas.
No obviously this thread is about the glories of george kamburoff.

They all are.

Isnt that right george?

Jul 18, 2015
Put all your glories in one spot, on your little webpage, along with dates, so that we may comprehend them fully.

Come on coward, fess up. Be a man. Tell the truth.

Jul 18, 2015
If otto had any real experiences, or was even a real person, we would hear it. Instead, he is either a kid at home, as my VA folk think, or someone with a wasted life and deep resentment towards others.

You already bragged how you are here to play "games" with the rest of us.

Go back to school. Summer's over.

Jul 20, 2015
Show us what your real experiences are, in order, complete with dates, so that we might know that you're not just making them up.

You want to share your education and experience; this is the proper way to do it.

The honest way. The adult way.

Jul 20, 2015
Sure, otto, in October of 1966, The time you said I was not in the USAF, I was at Edwards AFB on the front page of the base newspaper, along with the pictures of Pete Knight (look him up), and some Astronaut trainees.

Want a copy?

Where were you?

Jul 20, 2015
Again, george, nobody ducking cares besides you.

But if you care so much you should provide a comprehensive list along with dates on your website which shut all of us here who think you're nothing but a delusional lying psycho, up.

Shut us up george. Post your entire CV.

Jul 20, 2015
Solly boy. I identified myself.

Who are you really? You already bragged about being a lurker using pseudonyms to play your "games here. Why should anyone do anything you think?. You're not real.

Give it up. Your Mommy probably wants her computer back .

Jul 20, 2015
Solly boy. I identified myself.

Who are you really?
George continues to think that posting his real name means he can lie and post all sorts of bullshit.

Why is that george? What we post needs to stand by itself. George kamburoff posts insane crap like how fallout is supposed to be the main cause of lung cancer.

Anyone can do a search and see that this is something george kamburoff made up.

This makes george kamburoff a confrimed liar.

Attaching your name to lies and bullshit does not mean they are any less so. It means that george kamburoff is a liar and a bullshit artist.

And it is also pretty obvious that since george kamburoff continues to insist that the things he posts are right BECAUSE he posts his real name, he is quite obviously

INSANE.

Did your VA doctors gently explain this to you george?

Jul 20, 2015
in October of 1966, The time you said I was not in the USAF, I was at Edwards AFB on the front page of the base newspaper, along with the pictures of Pete Knight (look him up), and some Astronaut trainees
So is THIS supposed to mean that fallout is indeed the main cause of lung cancer?

Funny, the CDC still says its not.

Only an

INSANE

person would think that it would.

Just how SICK are you george?

Jul 20, 2015
If you want to see sickness, otto go look in the mirror. In a science site, all you can do is try to get even with me for letting you embarrass yourself, like here. Do you think a science site is a good place for your fascination with me?

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