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Magnet Therapy Didn't Help 'Ringing in the Ears'
Fox News ^ | March 25, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/25/2011 6:55:04 AM PDT by Red Badger

A constant annoying ringing in the ears – called tinnitus - didn't go away when researchers tried zapping patients' heads with magnetic waves in a recent study.

The researchers still think magnetic therapy could work, if they can find the right part of the brain to apply it to.

"We haven't found the sweet spot yet," said Dr. Jay Piccirillo, the lead author of the study and a professor of ear, nose and throat surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri.

Tinnitus is caused by a "phantom" sound, thought to be the result of mis-wired brain cells. The condition is common. One study estimated that 50 million Americans experience chronic ringing in their ears at some point in their lives. Piccirillo said most people are not bothered by the ringing. A very small fraction of people are crippled by the sound, however. Some become depressed, or even suicidal.

Doctors who treated the patients in the current study generated magnetic waves outside each person's head that traveled through the skull into the brain; the waves would temporarily rewire the brain's circuits. Several studies in Europe have found that sessions of such magnetic therapy can help relieve ear ringing.

In the United States, sending magnetic waves to the brain is approved for use in patients with depression, but it is only experimental for tinnitus. Piccirillo and his colleagues recruited 14 patients who were severely bothered by the ringing in their ears.

All of them received 10 treatments with a magnet over a 2-week period, and another 10 sessions over another 2 weeks using a fake magnet. The order of the 2-week periods was flipped in half of the patients.

After the treatments, the ringing was no better than before.

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Piccirillo's federally-funded study is published in the March issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
1 posted on 03/25/2011 6:55:09 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Acupuncture seems to have some value, so much so that some acupuncturists specialize in tinnitus.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 6:57:44 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Red Badger

“... at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri.”

So does this mean they are considered a magnet school?


3 posted on 03/25/2011 6:57:46 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus

I hear this research has polarized the medical community.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 7:01:56 AM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-specialisms/pain-management/acupuncture-no-better-for-pain-than-placebo/5027684.article


5 posted on 03/25/2011 7:02:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger

Interesting that they attribute tinnitus to “miswired” brain cells. I always thought it was caused by loud noises damaging the inner ear cells. I suffer from it due to a youth spent with firearms, extremely loud rock concerts, loud workshop tools, unmuffled lawn mowers, various explosives, exploding bicycle tires and other loud reports and noises. I sorely wish people had warned about tinnitus in the old days — it is a real pain. Of course, what kid actually listens to his elders?


6 posted on 03/25/2011 7:03:21 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

My Dad suffers from it. I also have always heard it’s from damage to the little cells in there. But I did read recently about the miswired brain cells and thought...well, if it works, that would be awesome.


7 posted on 03/25/2011 7:05:53 AM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

So you had a typical childhood. I too suffer and it is a real pain in the rear. The annoying part is that you can’t get away from it even for a short period of time. My Harley does drown it out...sometimes.


8 posted on 03/25/2011 7:06:15 AM PDT by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Acupuncture seems to have some value,


I have tinnitus, bad. Constant high pitched tone. I’ve talked to at least 10 doctors and 100 people. So far there is nothing, except large amounts of alcohol. :-)


9 posted on 03/25/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: animal172
My Harley does drown it out...sometimes.

When I ride, I use ear plugs. The muffle suspension of using the plugs with the loud pipes is music to my ears.

10 posted on 03/25/2011 7:16:31 AM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Red Badger
I get tinnitus off an on and an acupuncture treatment helps. Lycopodium works, or any of these other remedies (depending on the kind of sound you're hearing): http://www.holisticonline.com/remedies/ear/tin_alt_homeopathy.htm
11 posted on 03/25/2011 7:18:04 AM PDT by mancini
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To: 23 Everest

1969
The Old Iowa Fieldhouse (basketball area)
Jefferson Airplane
Second row, center.

I think this might have something to do with it...


12 posted on 03/25/2011 7:19:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That or blasting the headphones at full volume while listening to “Frampton Comes Alive” back in 1976 might have something to do with it.


13 posted on 03/25/2011 7:22:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Andyman

Maybe the opposites can attract some federal grants...................


14 posted on 03/25/2011 7:25:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: brytlea
I also have always heard it’s from damage to the little cells in there. But I did read recently about the miswired brain cells

I work with my acupuncturist on a regular basis and it's amazing how Western and Eastern medicine differ on the genesis of disease. She tells me ringing in the ears has to do with liver/kidney dysfunction. When she treats me for this the tinnitus goes away.

15 posted on 03/25/2011 7:26:47 AM PDT by mancini
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To: dfwgator

Developed in my late thirties in one ear. Stuck around off/on for four years before disappearing. I hope it never returns.


16 posted on 03/25/2011 7:27:02 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: Andyman

You know, that was kinda funny.


17 posted on 03/25/2011 7:27:13 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: 23 Everest

I have constant ringing and cricket sounds.
Sometimes it varies in intensity.
Every once in a while, I hear Gregorian Chants...............


18 posted on 03/25/2011 7:27:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: dfwgator

Mine was Black Sabbath.
Maybe I can sue Ozzy Osbourn...................


19 posted on 03/25/2011 7:28:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: mancini

Chardonnay works fairly well..............


20 posted on 03/25/2011 7:30:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: mancini

“She tells me ringing in the ears has to do with liver/kidney dysfunction.”

Maybe some truth there ... I have had gout for close to 20 years and the meds I’m told are bad for your liver/kidney, long term. I only use Indocin when I have a gout attack.

The ringing has only been in the last 6 months or so. I am 56.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 7:32:15 AM PDT by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Red Badger

Mine started after an inner ear infection. I always thought it was damage to the Cilia or whatever they’re called that really can’t be repaired.

This research is sounding like Mesmerism. Bunk.


22 posted on 03/25/2011 7:32:56 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Dad was a drag racing engine builder (Hemi's) 1962-1978, Lots of time standing next to a dyno with a running engine and open headers

Boiler Technician, 1978-84 US Navy

Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ

Los Lobos

1998

No place to stand so I sat on the riser which held a few big Marshall stacks.

Tinnitus is annoying but no debilitating, looking for treatment

23 posted on 03/25/2011 7:33:10 AM PDT by atc23
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To: Red Badger
RPG July 10,1967, 35 pound landmine (IED) December 5, 1967 and firing guns without hearing protection. Nothing helps. Many things make it worse. I just live with it.
24 posted on 03/25/2011 7:33:53 AM PDT by mountainlion (America land of the free because of the Brave.)
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To: Red Badger

Try taking a high quality fish oil supplement, not a cheap drugstore one from China but something clean and respected like Nordic Naturals. Try to reduce your Omega 6 fats and increase your Omega 3s. My husband did this for health and his chronic tinnitus disappeared!


25 posted on 03/25/2011 7:38:57 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: mountainlion

I just live with it, too.
That’s all we can do for now.
Maybe the science will catch up eventually and we may get some relief before we die...........


26 posted on 03/25/2011 7:39:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: mancini

I’m glad it works for you.


27 posted on 03/25/2011 7:40:42 AM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: brytlea

In January, I was sitting outside with 2 friends next to the Colorado River in Parker, AZ.
A jet swooped down and scared us half to death and the pilot buzzed down on us twice. One friend said she could see details on the plane. I ducked and covered my head with my arms.

Two of us were sick to our stomach and shaking for hours. We really had a bad reaction from this incident.
Since that day, I have had a high pitched ringing in my ears.
I figure some little hot-shot pilot decided to have some fun with some old folks. Wish I could find him and tell him about my lack of sleep and what he did with his little stunt. I am miserable with this.


28 posted on 03/25/2011 7:43:15 AM PDT by IceAge
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To: ReneeLynn

I tried to volunteer for this study back when it started, but I lived too far away...............


29 posted on 03/25/2011 7:46:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: IceAge

Have you been to see an ear dr? Perhaps you have a pierced ear drum or something?


30 posted on 03/25/2011 7:47:11 AM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: Red Badger

In order for a veteran to receive service connected compensation for tinnitus, the noise must be constant, in both ears. Must have originated while on active duty. Doctor will inquire as to your military duties. Gun crew. Helicopter crew/repair. Treadhead,etc.

The VA doc asked me if I thought my tinnitus was related more to gunfire or helicopters and I said,”both.” He then asked me if I was ever in combat and I said,”Yes.” He then asked me if it had affected my hearing and I said,”HUH?”

Oddly enough, VA only grants a maximum of 10% regardless of degree/intensity of a patients tinnitus. And that is total-not 10% per ear. Rather strange...


31 posted on 03/25/2011 7:48:02 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: donozark

I tried them, too. They turned me down...........


32 posted on 03/25/2011 7:49:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: Red Badger
Mine is Dark Side of the Moon


33 posted on 03/25/2011 7:49:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I got my tinnitus from working the flight deck of aircraft carriers...the noise I hear is the high pitched whine of jet engines


34 posted on 03/25/2011 7:54:08 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: IceAge

Yes, you were the victim of a show-off pilot or one who thought he was giving you a “thrill”.

Luke AFB, USAF training base for F-16s is well within range of your location.

Your symptoms that day are not uncommon to many of us who worked on jet engines.

I was a jet engine mechanic in the AF for close to 20 years.

My first encounter with an afterburning engine left me nauseous and weak for a day or two. I would feel the same each time, but after a while, not so bad. Then again, it’s not like it was everyday.

I was told that the intense vibrations generated by the engine and my proximity to them are what caused it.

Tinnitus? Well, after working on flightlines around the world, loud music, etc. I have it.

Sometimes it’s noticeable, sometimes not. I guess folks are affected in various ways.


35 posted on 03/25/2011 7:55:15 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: 23 Everest

Might be worth a go. Acupuncturists come in two varieties, clinicians for chronic problems, and MDs for acute and arcane problems.

I’ve been to a half dozen different ones over the years. The most dramatic was when I had injured my back on vacation, and was in agony from the base of my skull to my tailbone for two days. Barely able to get up on her table, in 15 minutes the pain was gone.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of that to get your attention.

In any event, give it a whirl, and hope for the best. It’s a pretty common problem, so I’d try the clinician first, as they are less expensive.


36 posted on 03/25/2011 7:55:20 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: donozark

they did me 10% on both ears..


37 posted on 03/25/2011 7:57:27 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: animal172; ProtectOurFreedom; 23 Everest; mancini

Y’all should check out magnesium chloride. The magnesium deficit you probably have might prohibit healing in the ears.


38 posted on 03/25/2011 7:58:36 AM PDT by numberonepal (Yes We Cain!)
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To: joe fonebone

So you get 20% for tinnitus? Were there other mitigating conditions?


39 posted on 03/25/2011 7:59:36 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: SZonian

F16′s Rear


40 posted on 03/25/2011 8:00:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: brytlea

I mentioned it to my reg. doctor and he said many different things can cause it, including some medicine, even Pepto Bismol.
In my case, I didn’t have it until that incident with the jet fly over.


41 posted on 03/25/2011 8:01:56 AM PDT by IceAge
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To: joe fonebone

That’s what mine sounds like. High pitched and gets louder at night. Does that make sense? I am trying out leaving the tv on all night to be able to sleep.
It worked, last night was the first night I slept all night since Jan.


42 posted on 03/25/2011 8:04:37 AM PDT by IceAge
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To: donozark

As a former U.S. Air Force corpsman I did hearing tests on Air Force pilots and crew chiefs.

The hearing damage was phenomenal.


43 posted on 03/25/2011 8:05:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: mancini

Thanks!! I’ve had tinnitus for many years with many of the symptoms shown. I understood that it was primarily from stress and have been on different antidepressants.

I’m going to check out these homeopathic remedies, and with my pharmacist to see if one might help.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 8:05:55 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: JoeProBono

You’re not helping. ;^)

I hated doing exhaust inspections. The dirtiest and HOTTEST job on the F-16 Flt line.

That looks like a PW engine btw.


45 posted on 03/25/2011 8:05:55 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

My husband has terrible tinnitus. At this point, I think he would try accupunction. I’m going to suggest it.


46 posted on 03/25/2011 8:07:07 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: mancini

My husband has a history of kidney problems. Nothing is going on right now that we know of. However, his tinnitus is flaring up, and it’s really bad now.

This is an interesting thread.


47 posted on 03/25/2011 8:10:23 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: numberonepal

Hell, I’ll give anything a go at this point.


48 posted on 03/25/2011 8:10:38 AM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: IceAge

Many medications can intensify existing tinnitus. Heart meds, i.e. Lisinopril/amlodipine. Most unpleasant predicament to put a patient in.


49 posted on 03/25/2011 8:12:23 AM PDT by donozark ("Never wound a King." Machiavelli)
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To: Red Badger

Gregorian Chants...............


I don’t care who you are...that right there was funny!


50 posted on 03/25/2011 8:12:46 AM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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