The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    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

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