The International Tinnitus Journal

The International Tinnitus Journal

Official Journal of the Neurootological and Equilibriometric Society
Official Journal of the Brazil Federal District Otorhinolaryngologist Society

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ISSN: 0946-5448

Abstract

Upper Cervical Nerves Can Induce Tinnitus

Author(s): Henk M Koning

Introduction: Treating cervical spine disorders can result in a reduction of tinnitus

Objectives: The object of the study was to ascertain the benefit of therapy of the third and fourth cervical nerves in reducing tinnitus and to assess parameters indicating a long-term relief.

Design: Subjects were 37 tinnitus patients who were treated with infiltration of the third and fourth cervical nerves. Clinical data form these patients were reviewed retrospectively. An independent perceiver evaluated the long-term effect of the therapy by telephone interview.

Results: In a group of tinnitus patients, 19% of the patients reported less tinnitus after therapy of the third and fourth cervical nerves. Most of the patients had a moderate reduction of 25% to 50%. At 3.8 months, 50% of the successful treated patients still had a positive effect. No adverse events of the procedure were observed. The combination of an evident anterior spur at the third cervical vertebrae together with less hearing at 2 kHz indicate patients who responded the best to therapy of the third and fourth cervical nerves.

Conclusions: Treating cervical spine disorders can reduce tinnitus. In a group of tinnitus patients, 19% of the patients had less tinnitus after therapy of the C3 and C4. Screening of tinnitus patients is needed for the proper selection of the ones who could benefit from a somatic approach. In our study, the combination of an evident anterior spur at the third cervical vertebrae together with less hearing at 2 kHz indicate patients who responded the best following therapy of the C3 and C4

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