Customized notched music training reduces tinnitus loudness

Commun Integr Biol. 2010 May;3(3):274-7. doi: 10.4161/cib.3.3.11558.


Chronic tinnitus is a symptom with high prevalence. There is evidence that the tinnitus perception is related to unfavorable cortical plastic changes. In our recent study we have developed and evaluated a customized music training strategy that appears capable of both reducing cortical tinnitus related neuronal activity and alleviating subjective tinnitus perception. We hypothesize that the regular and enjoyable music training reverses unprofitable cortical reorganization to a certain degree by means of the focused strengthening of auditory inhibitory neuronal networks.

Keywords: MEG; cortical plasticity; human auditory cortex; lateral inhibition; magnetoencephalography.