TMS Treatment for Tinnitus | TMS Therapy Clinic

Tinnitus, that persistent ringing or buzzing in your ears, can cause serious difficulties for many Australians. Tinnitus can make it hard to focus, sleep, and even enjoy everyday activities. But there’s good news on the horizon! Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been effective in treating tinnitus and has offered relief to many sufferers.

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common condition affecting millions of people around the world, including around 1in 6 Australians. It can manifest as various sounds, from high-pitched ringing and buzzing to hissing, clicking, or even roaring. While the exact cause of tinnitus is still unknown and being researched, it can be linked to various factors, including:

  • Hearing loss: Damage to the cells in your inner ear can disrupt sound processing, leading to tinnitus.
  • Head and neck injuries: Trauma to your head or neck can sometimes trigger tinnitus.
  • Certain medications: Some medicines can cause tinnitus as a side effect.
  • Medical conditions: Ménière’s disease, ear infections, and even anxiety or depression can be linked to tinnitus.

What is TMS?

TMS is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that uses pulsed magnetic fields to target specific areas of the brain. To treat tinnitus, the rTMS technique is used. This rTMS treatment aims to stimulate activity in the auditory cortex, the part of the brain responsible for processing sound.

Repeated TMS treatments will stimulate the brain’s neuroplasticity. By influencing this activity, rTMS can potentially reduce the perception of tinnitus and improve your overall well-being.

How Does TMS for Tinnitus Work?

Think of your brain as a complex network of electrical signals. When you have tinnitus, there’s an imbalance in the activity within the auditory cortex. This imbalance leads to the perception of phantom sounds. TMS gently stimulates the brain with magnetic pulses to restore this balance and decrease the tinnitus signal.

What are the Benefits of TMS for Tinnitus?

Benefits of TMS for tinnitus
Benefits of TMS for tinnitus

TMS has shown promise in managing tinnitus and offers several potential benefits:

  • Non-invasive and painless: Unlike other tinnitus treatments, TMS doesn’t involve surgery or medication. It’s a comfortable outpatient procedure with minimal side effects.
  • Long-lasting effects: Studies suggest that the benefits of TMS can provide sustained relief, and last for months or even years.
  • Tailored approach: TMS can be customised to target specific brain regions and stimulation parameters can be adjusted based on individual needs.
  • Promising results: Research indicates that TMS can significantly improve tinnitus symptoms in a significant portion of patients.

Is TMS Right for You?

If you’re an Australian suffering from tinnitus, TMS might be a worthwhile option to explore. However, it’s important to consult your doctor to determine if it’s the right treatment for you. Your doctor will assess your individual case, discuss potential benefits and risks, and guide you towards the best course of action for managing your tinnitus.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. With advancements like TMS, there’s hope for a quieter future for tinnitus patients across Australia.

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TMS vs. Traditional Treatments

Traditional treatments for tinnitus often involve masking the sound with external noise generators or managing anxiety and stress. While these methods can be helpful, they don’t address the root cause. On the other hand, TMS offers a potential for direct intervention, potentially offering long-term relief for some tinnitus patients.

What’s the Evidence?

Research on using TMS for tinnitus is ongoing, but so far, this treatment has shown promising results. TMS has been shown to reduce tinnitus severity and improve the quality of life for some patients. Of course, individual results may vary. According to Transcranial magnetic stimulation for tinnitus (2017):

  • TMS can improve tinnitus symptoms in 20–50% of patients, with varying degrees of success.
  • After TMS treatment, there were significant reductions in THI scores (Tinnitus Handicap Inventory – a common measure of tinnitus severity).

Another study, on the Implications of TMS as a treatment modality for tinnitus (2021), reviewed research and clinical trials which found that following treatment with rTMS, individuals reported significant improvements. The results included an overall enhanced quality of life and improvements related to the perceptual properties of tinnitus. Specific factors had improved for these patients, such as tinnitus loudness (intensity), annoyance, and distress.

Living with tinnitus can be a constant battle, with ringing, buzzing, or hissing sounds that disrupt your sleep, focus, and overall well-being. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all cure, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has emerged as a promising treatment option, offering relief to many.

Where Can I Find TMS Treatment for Tinnitus?

If you’re in Australia and seeking TMS treatment for tinnitus, Neuralia TMS offers accessible locations near you. We provide services in several areas, including:

At Neuralia TMS, we recognise the unique challenges faced by individuals with tinnitus. Our team is dedicated to offering personalised care and exploring if TMS is a suitable treatment option for your condition. We invite you to consult with our healthcare professionals to discuss the potential benefits of TMS for managing your tinnitus.

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Contact Neuralia TMS today and take a step toward a quieter, more fulfilling future.

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FAQs

  • No, TMS is painless. You might feel a tapping sensation on your scalp during the treatment, but it’s not painful. We’ll make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during your TMS sessions. Many of our patients watch Netflix, listen to music, sit quietly, or chat with our TMS nurse during their sessions.

  • You’ll sit comfortably in a chair while the TMS coil is positioned near your head. The coil will emit magnetic pulses, and the session typically lasts for 5–20 minutes. You can resume your normal activities after the session.

  • TMS treatments have been approved and are covered by Medicare. Your qualified healthcare professional will have more information on financing and health insurance options.

  • TMS is generally safe and well-tolerated. Some people might experience mild side effects like headaches, scalp tingling, or dizziness, but these usually go away quickly. It’s important to discuss any potential side effects with your TMS psychiatrist or GP before starting TMS.

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Dr. Shanek Wick, a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, specialises in holistic mental health care with a focus on interventional psychiatry, neurostimulation, and addiction.

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