Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the treatment of tinnitus: Effects on cortical excitability

Berthold Langguth, Tobias Kleinjung, Joerg Marienhagen, Harald Binder, Philipp G Sand, Göran Hajak and Peter Eichhammer

Summary: “… Low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been proposed as an innovative treatment for chronic tinnitus… All patients completed the study and adverse effects were not observed…. The treatment response was variable and ranged from no effect to a marked reduction in tinnitus complaints…”

Why is this relevant to misophonia? Tinnitus is not the same as misophonia, far from it. It is a ‘ringing’ in the ears as opposed to a specific aversion to sounds. However tinnitus, like mispohonia and hyperacusis, is almost certainly a neurological disorder and it is not uncommon for patients to have one or more of these conditions in tandem.

If rTMS can be found to have a beneficial effect on patients with tinnitus, it is worth examining these results and seeing whether there could be any practical application for patients with misophonia and hyperacusis.

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