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TYPES OF TINNITUS.
Tinnitus is perception of sound only heard by a person. The most common type of tinnitus is NON-
SOMATIC TINNITUS is defined as tinnitus in which forceful movements/contractions of jaw and neck muscles changes the acoustic attributes of tinnitus, (eg. pitch and loudness.)
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(2018) Acupuncture for chronic nonpulsatile tinnitus: A randomized clinical trial.
‘Results: The case group included 26 males and 18 females, and in the control group there were 27 males and 17 females: with mean age of 49.11±1.07 and 55.20±8.33 years, respectively (p=0.005). Tinnitus severity index (TSI) and visual analog scale (VAS) for tinnitus loudness, before treatment were 43.84±2.81 and 9.56±0.43 in cases and 43.52±2.94 and 9.54±0.45 in controls, respectively. Both measures improved after 15 sessions in cases to 24.82±1.04 and 2.88±0.33, and to 33.16±1.24 and 7.86±0.23 in controls. The changes of TSI and VAS were significant in all groups (p<0.001). TSI and VAS in acupuncture group were lower than placebo group in each session (p<0.001), except TSI in the tenth session (p=0.392).
Conclusions: Acupuncture is effective in reducing the loudness and severity of tinnitus and can be a useful treatment for nonpulsatile chronic tinnitus.
Based on previous studies, the acupuncture
points suitable for treating tinnitus, including GB2, GB20,
SJ21, SI19, SJ17, SJ3, SJ5, LI4, and SI6 points were
selected, and the patients received 15 acupuncture sessions (3 times a week).’
(2017) Is Electroacupuncture Treatment More Effective in Somatic Tinnitus Than in Nonsomatic Tinnitus?
‘Conclusion. within the somatic tinnitus group, a subpopulation of patients whose tinnitus was modulated in a consistent way by a series of forceful head and jaw muscular contractions was relatively more responsive to Electro Acupuncture treatment.’
(2017) A comparative study on the effects of systemic manual acupuncture, periauricular electro-
‘Methods: A randomized, parallel, open-
admission using one-
treatment except DE in THI.
Conclusions: There was no statistically significant difference between systemic manual acupuncture, periauricular electro-
Kim et al. (2017) A comparative study on the effects of systemic manual acupuncture, periauricular electroacupuncture, and digital electroacupuncture to treat tinnitus: A randomized, paralleled, open-
(2016) Acupuncture Treatment for Tinnitus (Case report)
A very unusual case report of tinnitus which did not respond to the usual acupuncture treatment. However the patient identified that the tinnitus could be induced during right foot inversion but not eversion.
'The traditional acupoints on the right foot including Yanglingquan (GB 34), Qiuxu (GB 40) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6) were then stimulated. However, this strategy together with stimulation at the head and neck trigger points was also ineffective in ameliorating the tinnitus. Next, another strategy used three-
(2010) A randomised, placebo-
'The aim of this study was to examine the effects of manual/electrical acupuncture treatment on tinnitus in a randomised, single-
Wang K, Bugge J, Bugge S. (2010) A randomised, placebo-
(2006) Acupuncture for tinnitus immediate relief.
'We conclude that there was significant reduction of the counting of the moments pre and post needling in both the groups, and in the group study the reduction is greater that in the group control.'
(2000) Efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for tinnitus: a systematic review.
'CONCLUSION: Acupuncture has not been demonstrated to be efficacious as a treatment for tinnitus on the evidence of rigorous randomized controlled trials'
(1999) Somatic (craniocervical) tinnitus and the dorsal cochlear nucleus hypothesis
RESULTS: Some patients with tinnitus, but no other hearing complaints, share several clinical features including (1) an associated somatic disorder of the head or upper neck, (2) localization of the tinnitus to the ear ipsilateral to the somatic disorder, (3) no vestibular complaints, and (4) no abnormalities on neurological examination. Pure tone and speech audiometry of the 2 ears is always symmetric and usually within normal limits. Based on these clinical features, it is proposed that somatic (craniocervical) tinnitus, like otic tinnitus, is caused by disinhibition of the ipsilateral dorsal cochlear nucleus. Nerve fibers whose cell bodies lie in the ipsilateral medullary somatosensory nuclei mediate this effect. These neurons receive inputs from nearby spinal trigeminal tract, fasciculus cuneatus, and facial, vagal, and glossopharyngeal nerve fibers innervating the middle and external ear.
CONCLUSIONS: Somatic (craniocervical) modulation of the dorsal cochlear nucleus may account for many previously poorly understood aspects of tinnitus and suggests novel tinnitus treatments.
(1998) Effect of traditional Chinese acupuncture on severe tinnitus: a double-
'This study aims to determine the effect of intensive acupuncture on severe tinnitus. The structure of the study was a randomized, double-
Vilholm OJ, Møller K, Jørgensen K.(1998) Effect of traditional Chinese acupuncture on severe tinnitus: a double-