Navigation Links
Combo Therapy May Help Ease 'Ringing in the Ears'
Date:5/25/2012

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- One in five people suffers from tinnitus, the annoying and sometimes severely debilitating condition often referred to as "ringing in the ears," and new research may offer some hope for relief for these patients.

Although the condition currently has no cure, researchers in the Netherlands found that combining two existing therapies may help more than either single therapy alone.

Their report is published in the May 26 issue of The Lancet.

The strategies used in the study aren't new, noted Dr. Eric Smouha, an associate professor of otolaryngology and director of otology and neurotology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, who was not involved with the study. However, the finding "shows hope for these people," he said.

Tinnitus can be incredibly frustrating for doctors and patients alike, added another expert, Dr. Michael Seidman, director of otologic/neurotologic surgery at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, because there is no cure for the condition and even good treatments are elusive.

Smouha also pointed out that doctors look for an underlying cause but usually can't find one.

Finding a remedy -- if there is one -- is very much a trial-and-error adventure, Seidman said. Dietary modifications (such as cutting out caffeine or alcohol, herbs including Ginkgo biloba), therapy, and even some drugs (such as anti-anxiety medications to facilitate sleep) may help some patients.

Right now, clinicians often rely on one of two main treatments for tinnitus. One, called "tinnitus retraining therapy," involves exposing the patient to another, more neutral sound to mask the tinnitus, along with counseling.

The second is "cognitive behavioral therapy," which includes correcting distorted thought patterns, relaxation techniques and mindfulness instruction.

To date, though, no one has investigated how the two work together, said study authors Rilana Cima and colleagues, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

For this study, about 500 adults with tinnitus were assigned to the combination therapy group, or to "usual" care, which itself was very intensive, involving more than two hours of initial testing followed by multiple visits with a social worker.

Those assigned to the combination therapy, referred to as "specialized care," showed more improvement in health-related quality of life over the course of a year, a reduction in the severity of the tinnitus, as well as less impairment from the condition, the investigators found.

Specialized care included the same initial testing period as usual care, followed by assessment by a clinical psychologist and group sessions with movement therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and social workers.

In the end, it was the uber-intensive specialized care that benefited people with both mild and severe tinnitus the most, the study found.

This specialized combination care really was not a dramatic departure from the tinnitus retraining therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy used individually in the United States, Seidman said.

And it's unclear if this intensive combination approach, which relies on the expertise of many different specialists, could be implemented in the United States with its different population and vastly different health care system, Smouha said.

"What they did is very intensive, consisting of hours and hours of counseling and coming back for sessions," Smouha pointed out. And the combination therapy used in the study really "doesn't differ much from what we refer to as tinnitus retraining therapy," he added.

In the United States, retraining therapy can cost $3,000 to $5,000 and require a commitment of two years, Seidman noted.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more on tinnitus.

SOURCES: Michael Seidman, M.D., director, division of otologic/neurotologic surgery, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; Eric Smouha, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology and director of otology and neurotology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; May 26, 2012, The Lancet


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Short-Term Drug Combo May Help Prevent Colon Cancer
2. Bone Marrow Cancer Patients May Benefit From Drug Combo
3. Drug Combo Staves Off Type 2 Diabetes
4. Binge Drinking, Hypertension a Deadly Combo
5. Exercise Combo Best for Type 2 Diabetes
6. New combo lung cancer therapy improves survival over single-line treatment
7. In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo
8. Risks May Outweigh Benefits for Blood Pressure Drug Combo
9. Diet-Exercise Combo Seems to Work Best for Obese Seniors
10. Low-Intensity Exercise, Drug Combo Can Help Parkinsons Patients, Studies Show
11. Alcohol-Energy Drink Combo Riskier Than Booze Alone, Study Says
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Combo Therapy May Help Ease 'Ringing in the Ears'
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... While James Earl Jones is known for myriad ... a show called "Front Page". One of the forthcoming episodes examines mammogram techniques; a ... plummeted in large part due to early detection. Like any other disease, treatments have ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2016 , ... ... without undergoing major cosmetic surgery can now take advantage of a cosmetic procedure ... advanced skin rejuvenation treatment that reduces the appearance of age spots, fine ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Lori G. Cohen and Sara K. ... at the American Conference Institute’s 21st Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference , ... of the conference. , Cohen, who chairs the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... More than 100 ... are expected to attend the UNCF Dothan-Wiregrass Mayor’s Luncheon Dec. 9, 2016. This ... area students and operating support to UNCF-member institutions, including Miles College, Oakwood University, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... The annual time ... Period (or Annual Election Period), is ending December 7th. Currently-enrolled Medicare beneficiaries who are ... or prescription drug plan (Part D) need to make changes during this period order ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced the ... their offering. ... R&D Drug Pipeline Database: 1-Year ... Drug Pipeline Database provides 24/7 online access to information about more ... and on investigational drug candidates in research & development. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 bioLytical Laboratories, un líder mundial ... el INSTI HIV Self Test , a los miembros de la Kenya ... ... INSTI HIV Self Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical fue ...
(Date:12/2/2016)...  LifeVac, the revolutionary device that has successfully rescued ... Training and Support Services (ERTSS) training programs. ... part of the ERTSS mission to save lives," said ... "Having an established network of expert trainers demonstrating how ... our efforts to spread LifeVac,s message that choking deaths ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: