The International Tinnitus Journal


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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


Tinnitus treatment with sound stimulation during sleep

Author(s): Pedemonte M,Drexler D, Rodio S, Geisinger D, Pol-Fernandes D and Bernhardt V.

A new strategy for idiopathic subjective tinnitus treatment – sound stimulation during sleep – has been applied. It was based on the knowledgement that the auditory system also works during sleep, processing the incoming information. Eleven patients were stimulated every night during 6 months. The stimulus was a sound that mimetized the tinnitus and was fixed at the same tinnitus intensity, applied through an iPod. All patients decreased their tinnitus intensity in the first month of treatment (statistically significant), most of them in the first week. Tinnitus intensity continued decreasing in the following weeks; three patients presented periods of total silence.