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Clinical trial on tonal tinnitus with tailor-made notched music training

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Title
Clinical trial on tonal tinnitus with tailor-made notched music training
Published in
BMC Neurology, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12883-016-0558-7
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Alwina Stein, Robert Wunderlich, Pia Lau, Alva Engell, Andreas Wollbrink, Alex Shaykevich, Jörg-Tobias Kuhn, Heinz Holling, Claudia Rudack, Christo Pantev

Abstract

Tinnitus is a result of hyper-activity/hyper-synchrony of auditory neurons coding the tinnitus frequency, which has developed due to synchronous mass activity owing to the lack of inhibition. We assume that removal of exactly these frequencies from a complex auditory stimulus will cause the brain to reorganize around tonotopic regions coding the tinnitus frequency through inhibition-induced plasticity. Based on this assumption, a novel treatment for tonal tinnitus - tailor-made notched music training (TMNMT) - has been introduced and was tested in this clinical trial. A randomized controlled trial in parallel group design was performed in a double-blinded manner. We included 100 participants with chronic, tonal tinnitus who listened to tailor-made notched music for two hours a day for three consecutive months. Our primary outcome measures were the Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire and Visual Analog Scales measuring perceived tinnitus loudness, awareness, distress and handicap. Participants rated their tinnitus before and after the training as well as one month after cessation of the training. While no effect was found for the primary outcome measures, tinnitus distress, as measured by the Tinnitus Questionnaire, a secondary outcome measure, developed differently in the two groups. The treatment group showed higher distress scores while the placebo group revealed lower distress scores after the training. However, this effect did not reach significance in post-hoc analysis and disappeared at follow-up measurements. At follow-up, tinnitus loudness in the treatment group was significantly reduced as compared to the control group. Post hoc analysis, accounting for low reliability scores in the Visual Analog Scales, showed a significant reduction of the overall Visual Analog Scale mean score in the treatment group even at the post measurement. This is the first study on TMNMT that was planned and conducted following the CONSORT statement standards for clinical trials. The current work is one more step towards a final evaluation of TMNMT. Already after three months the effect of training with tailor-made notched music is observable in the most direct rating of tinnitus perception - the tinnitus loudness, while more global measures of tinnitus distress do not show relevant changes. Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN04840953 ; Trial registration date: 17.07.2013.

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Unknown 70 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 21%
Student > Master 13 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 17%
Unspecified 9 13%
Student > Postgraduate 6 9%
Other 15 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 23%
Psychology 15 21%
Unspecified 10 14%
Neuroscience 6 9%
Engineering 6 9%
Other 17 24%

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