What is the role of biofeedback in the treatment of tinnitus?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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This technique has a 25-year history of successful treatment for pain and other stress-related disorders. As described above, the patient's psychological state of mind may have more to do with the status of his tinnitus than the actual loudness of the tinnitus itself. With biofeedback in tinnitus, the goal is to decrease stress and anxiety levels that may be contributing to tinnitus. For biofeedback success, the patient must be cooperative and committed. The patient is taught to relax and is encouraged to relate his state of relaxation to the stress of living and the gradual reduction of the tinnitus. Therapy may require weekly sessions over several months to demonstrate improvement. A psychologist who can work as a team with the otologist to gain maximum benefit from the therapy conducts this therapy. Up to 80% of patients find some relief of their symptoms, and 20% of patients may find total relief in this therapy.


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