Neurofeedback for treating tinnitus

Prog Brain Res. 2007;166:473-85. doi: 10.1016/S0079-6123(07)66046-4.

Abstract

Many individuals with tinnitus have abnormal oscillatory brain activity. Led by this finding, we have developed a way to normalize such pathological activity by neurofeedback techniques (Weisz et al. (2005). PLoS Med., 2: e153). This is achieved mainly through enhancement of tau activity, i.e., oscillatory activity produced in perisylvian regions within the alpha frequency range (8-12 Hz) and concomitant reduction in delta power range (0.5-4 Hz). This activity is recorded from electrodes placed on the frontal scalp. We have found that modification of the tau-to-delta ratio significantly reduces tinnitus intensity. Participants who successfully modified their oscillatory pattern profited from the treatment to the extent that the tinnitus sensation became completely abolished. Overall, this neurofeedback training was significantly superiorin reducing tinnitus-related distress than frequency discrimination training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biofeedback, Psychology*
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Humans
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Tinnitus / physiopathology*
  • Tinnitus / psychology
  • Tinnitus / therapy*