Biofeedback behavioral treatment for tinnitus

 Many tinnitus sufferers believe their condition will not respond to psychological treatments.

In December 2008, researchers from Philipps University of Marburg, in Germany reported a positive study.

First, the details.

  • 130 tinnitus patients were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
    • 12 sessions of a biofeedback-based behavioral treatment over 3 months
    • A wait-list control group

And, the results.

  • Results showed clear improvements regarding tinnitus annoyance, diary ratings of loudness, and feelings of controllability.
  • Changes in coping cognitions, as well as changes in depressive symptoms were found.
  • Medium to large improvements were maintained over 6-months.

The bottom line?
“Clear improvement” What does that mean?

In the absence of a statistical analysis, it’s not possible to know if these results are any different from no treatment.

5/11/09 21:04 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.