Title:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for tinnitus
Authors:
C. Desloovere
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Keywords:
Hyperbaric oxygenation; tinnitus
Pages:
71 - 74
Abstract:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for tinnitus. Objective: To assess the effect of hyperbaric oxygenation on tinnitus. Methodology: A Medline search from 1960-2007 yielding 22 studies. Results: No significant effect could be demonstrated in four prospective studies. Retrospective studies indicate greater improvement in tinnitus in acute cases (49-85%) compared with tinnitus episodes exceeding three months (34-38%). One study, however, showed significantly more improvement in patients with positive expectations before therapy (60.3%) compared with those with negative expectations (19%). Conclusions: There are no significant data about the effect of hyperbaric oxygenation for tinnitus, but there are indica- tions of a better effect in acute cases. However, a major psychological component and a low risk of enhancement of the tinnitus should be considered.
Issue:
Suppl. 7, 2007


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