Change of Tinnitus with Xenon Phototherapy of the Stellate Ganglion

Photomed Laser Surg. 2018 Sep;36(9):468-471. doi: 10.1089/pho.2017.4431. Epub 2018 Aug 10.


Objective: To develop a treatment for tinnitus called xenon phototherapy of the stellate ganglion (XPSG) and analyze its effect on tinnitus.

Methods: Patients with chronic tinnitus received XPSG. Symptoms were assessed subjectively with tinnitus handicap inventory (THI) and numerical rating scale (NRS). THI and NRS scores were analyzed in XPSG (n = 43) and sham treatment (non-XPSG) (n = 18) groups.

Results: THI and NRS scores improved significantly after 3 months of XPSG. Severe cases with high THI or NRS score showed greater improvement. No significant difference was observed between before and after sham treatment in non-XPSG groups.

Conclusions: XPSG significantly improved THI and NRS scores with high patient satisfaction.

Keywords: stellate ganglion; tinnitus; xenon phototherapy.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Gas / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phototherapy*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stellate Ganglion*
  • Tinnitus / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Xenon*


  • Xenon