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High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy in tinnitus treatment.
Laryngoscope. 2004 Mar; 114(3):495-500.L

Abstract

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS

Electromagnetic therapy has been used with reported success in multiple clinical settings, including the treatment of seizure disorders, brain edema, migraine headaches, revascularization of burn wounds, and diabetic ulcers. The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic therapy on chronic tinnitus.

STUDY DESIGN

A randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of high-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy using the Diapulse device in the treatment of chronic tinnitus. Thirty-seven adult patients with chronic tinnitus of at least 6 months' duration were recruited and randomly assigned to either a treatment or a placebo group.

METHODS

Patients received 30-minute treatments with the Diapulse device three times a week for 1 month. The unit was set to deliver electromagnetic energy at a frequency of 27.12 MHz at a repetition rate of 600 pulses per second. All subjects had pretreatment and post-treatment audiological testing, including tinnitus frequency and intensity matching. They responded to a tinnitus rating questionnaire and the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory before and after treatment.

RESULTS

There was no significant change in the pretreatment and post-treatment audiometric thresholds in either group. There were no significant differences between the pretreatment and post-treatment Tinnitus Handicap Inventory scores or the tinnitus rating scores in either subject group (Student t test). No diagnosis-specific differences were identified.

CONCLUSION

High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy (Diapulse) at the settings used in the study showed no role in the therapy of patients with chronic tinnitus.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15091224

Citation

Ghossaini, Soha N., et al. "High-frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy in Tinnitus Treatment." The Laryngoscope, vol. 114, no. 3, 2004, pp. 495-500.
Ghossaini SN, Spitzer JB, Mackins CC, et al. High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy in tinnitus treatment. Laryngoscope. 2004;114(3):495-500.
Ghossaini, S. N., Spitzer, J. B., Mackins, C. C., Zschommler, A., Diamond, B. E., & Wazen, J. J. (2004). High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy in tinnitus treatment. The Laryngoscope, 114(3), 495-500.
Ghossaini SN, et al. High-frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy in Tinnitus Treatment. Laryngoscope. 2004;114(3):495-500. PubMed PMID: 15091224.
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TY - JOUR T1 - High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy in tinnitus treatment. AU - Ghossaini,Soha N, AU - Spitzer,Jaclyn B, AU - Mackins,Cynthia C, AU - Zschommler,Anne, AU - Diamond,Beverly E, AU - Wazen,Jack J, PY - 2004/4/20/pubmed PY - 2004/5/14/medline PY - 2004/4/20/entrez SP - 495 EP - 500 JF - The Laryngoscope JO - Laryngoscope VL - 114 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Electromagnetic therapy has been used with reported success in multiple clinical settings, including the treatment of seizure disorders, brain edema, migraine headaches, revascularization of burn wounds, and diabetic ulcers. The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic therapy on chronic tinnitus. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of high-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy using the Diapulse device in the treatment of chronic tinnitus. Thirty-seven adult patients with chronic tinnitus of at least 6 months' duration were recruited and randomly assigned to either a treatment or a placebo group. METHODS: Patients received 30-minute treatments with the Diapulse device three times a week for 1 month. The unit was set to deliver electromagnetic energy at a frequency of 27.12 MHz at a repetition rate of 600 pulses per second. All subjects had pretreatment and post-treatment audiological testing, including tinnitus frequency and intensity matching. They responded to a tinnitus rating questionnaire and the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory before and after treatment. RESULTS: There was no significant change in the pretreatment and post-treatment audiometric thresholds in either group. There were no significant differences between the pretreatment and post-treatment Tinnitus Handicap Inventory scores or the tinnitus rating scores in either subject group (Student t test). No diagnosis-specific differences were identified. CONCLUSION: High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy (Diapulse) at the settings used in the study showed no role in the therapy of patients with chronic tinnitus. SN - 0023-852X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15091224/High_frequency_pulsed_electromagnetic_energy_in_tinnitus_treatment_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/00005537-200403000-00020 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -